lung cancer screening

Lung Cancer Screening

lung cancer screening

A picture of your lungs could save your life. Yearly lung screening with a low-dose CT (LDCT) scan, a technique pioneered by Penn Medicine, can lead to 20% fewer lung cancer-related deaths a year.

You may qualify for LDCT Lung Screening if you:

  • Are between ages 55-77.
  • Have a 30 pack-years or greater smoking history.*
  • Are a current smoker or have quit smoking in the last 15 years.

Patients will not qualify for LDCT lung screening if they are under active treatment for radiation or chemotherapy, have had a chest CT performed within a year, or have symptoms of active pulmonary infection or hemoptysis.

*Pack-years is defined as the number of packs per day multiplied by the number of years smoked.

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LDCT guide

Download the LDCT FAQ Sheet

Low-Dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is recommended for certain groups of people who are at the highest risk for lung cancer. Learn more about lung screening qualifications and if this screening is right for you.

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Take the Lung Screening Assessment

The evidence-based Lung Screening Assessment provides screening recommendations using current guidelines. The calculation takes into consideration pack-years smoked and the consumers’ lifestyle, genetics, and personal health histories.

FAQ

What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?

The goal of the LDCT lung screening is to save lives by detecting lung cancer early. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer may be much harder to treat.

Do I need to have a LDCT lung screening exam every year?

Yes. If you are in the high-risk group described above, a LDCT lung screening exam is recommended every year until you reach age 77, or have stopped smoking over 15 years ago.

How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?

Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20% in people who are at high risk.

When will I get the results?

You will receive the results of your exam within 2 weeks.

What can I expect from the results?

About 1 out of 4 LDCT lung screening exams will find something in the lung that may require additional imaging or evaluation. Most of the time these findings are lung nodules.

Lung nodules are very small collections of tissue in the lung. Less commonly, lung nodules are cancer. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer, it can be effectively treated and often cured. Most are normal lymph nodes or small areas of scarring from past infections. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer, the cancer can be cured more than 90% of the time. To distinguish the large number of benign (noncancerous) nodules from the few nodules that are in fact cancer, we may need to get more images before your next yearly screening exam. If the nodule has suspicious features (for example, it is large, has an odd shape or grows over time), we will refer you to a specialist for further testing.

Will my doctor also receive the results?

Yes. Your health care provider who ordered your exam will receive a copy of your results.

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Locations

Downtown Philadelphia Locations

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Pennsylvania Hospital

800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Ground Floor, 300 South Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Bucks County

777 Township Line Road, Suite 150
Yardley, PA 19067

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Cherry Hill

1865 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

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Chester County Hospital

701 E Marshall St
West Chester, PA 19380

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Exton

The Commons at Oakland
700 West Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA 19341

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Fern Hill (West Chester)

915 Old Fern Hill Road
Building D, Ground Floor
West Chester, PA 19380

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Kennett Square

402 McFarlan Road, Suite 204
Kennett Square, PA 19348

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Radnor

250 King of Prussia Road, Suite 2G
Radnor, PA 19087

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Southern Chester County

455 Woodview Rd
West Grove, PA 19390

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Valley Forge

1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard, Suite 100
Berwyn, PA 19312

Download the LDCT FAQ Sheet

LDCT guide

Low-Dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is recommended for certain groups of people who are at the highest risk for lung cancer. If you have questions about LDCT lung screening, we have the answers. Download your free LDCT FAQ Sheet to learn about:

  • Lung Screening Qualifications
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Screening Locations

Once you fill out the form, we’ll email you a link to download the FAQ Sheet. Take this information to your primary care physician and discuss if this screening is right for you.

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