Educating on Risk and Screening

2018-10-03T20:58:27-05:00October 3rd, 2018|

We educate the at-risk public and medical professionals about lung cancer risk and screening to ensure equitable access to this life-saving preventive service. We believe that: People have the right to know if they are at risk for lung cancer People have the right to know that high quality low-dose CT screening has been shown to significantly reduce the possibility of dying from lung cancer in those at high risk. People have the right to clear and unbiased information on the [...]

Establishing Lung Cancer as a National Public Health Issue

2018-10-29T21:29:06-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Public health and policy leaders must recognize that lung cancer is a national public health priority that requires a more coordinated, comprehensive and compassionate plan of action to address all aspects of the disease. To reduce lung cancer mortality, advancements in lung cancer screening and research must be linked to prevention efforts in a continuum of care. We remain committed to devising strategies and building coalitions that adapt to and support this vision and meet community needs, including: Increase federal funding [...]

Expanding Collaborative Lung Cancer Research

2018-10-03T20:55:07-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Responsible screening provides an unprecedented opportunity to study lung cancer at its earliest and even pre-cancerous stages. We work with thought leaders, screening implementers, patients and other stakeholders to ensure the acceleration of research in prevention, screening and early detection. The establishment of the Screening Centers of Excellence network leads naturally to the development of a consortium of sites that work with us along with academic, nonprofit, and corporate partners as a dedicated Lung Cancer Research Network. This network allows us [...]

Implementing National Lung Cancer Screening

2018-10-29T21:28:49-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Lung Cancer Alliance established and provides guidance to a growing network of more than 600 Screening Centers of Excellence (SCOE) in community–based and academic settings across the country committed to responsible, high-quality screening practices within a continuum of care. SCOEs adhere to guiding principles and best practices: Provide clear information on the risks and benefits of CT screening through a shared decision-making process. Comply with standards based on best published practices for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures. Work with [...]

What happens to the scan results?

2018-10-03T15:46:36-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

The results from your lung cancer scan will be sent to the doctor who referred you for screening. Your doctor will review the results of the scan and will discuss if any follow up is needed. Because a spiral LDCT scan is so detailed, it is possible that something will show up on the exam that is not cancer. Your doctor will discuss the best way to follow up on any test result. In the event that you were screened without [...]

What should I expect when getting scanned?

2018-10-03T15:44:24-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Lung cancer screening is done using an imaging machine to produce a low-dose spiral (or helical) CT (Computed Tomography) scan of the chest. This scan uses a series of x-rays to show the shape, size and location of anything abnormal in the chest that might signal the need for follow up. LDCT scans are very sensitive and can show both cancerous and non-cancerous areas. To get a LDCT scan, you will lie very still on a table, which is slowly moved [...]

Why should I get screened?

2018-10-03T15:42:41-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Once you have talked to your doctor about risks and benefits, it might be useful to talk about why you may or may not want to be screened. Some questions to consider include: What are my reasons for wanting to be screened? Would I undergo surgery and possible treatment should cancer be found? What are my reasons for not wanting to be screened? Do I have all the information I need to make a decision with which I feel comfortable? If [...]

What about radiation?

2018-10-03T15:40:02-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

You will be exposed to low levels of radiation during the test. This level of radiation is more than an x-ray but much lower than a regular LDCT scan that you might have if you have symptoms of cancer. To put it into perspective, you will receive about the same amount of radiation from six months in your natural environment.

How often should I be screened?

2018-10-03T15:39:24-05:00October 3rd, 2018||

Talk to your doctor about the results of your first screening to determine what you need to do next. For most people, a yearly scan is recommended. Lung nodules, which are spots on the lung, are common. Some people screened will have a nodule that needs further testing. Most of these nodules will not be cancer and this will be determined by additional LDCT scans. A small number of nodules will need additional tests, such as other imaging tests, needle biopsy [...]