Thoracic Oncology Program: Lung

CT Lung Screening

Lung cancer is not only treatable, but potentially curable when diagnosed in its early stages. As a Center of Excellence for Lung Cancer Screening, the physicians at the St. Joseph Hospital Thoracic Oncology Program are committed to providing the best technology available for early detection: CT lung screening.

This method has been shown to detect cancers not visible on chest x-rays. And more than 80% of lung cancers detected with a CT have been in the earliest stages - with a high probability of cure. The latest research shows that CT lung screenings can save lives, which is why many experts believe it should be a standard procedure for patients who are at high risk.

Should you consider a lung screening? Are you at risk for lung cancer?

  • Are you between the age of 55-74?
  • Do you have at least a 30 pack year history of smoking? For example, smoking 2 packs per day for 15 years is 30 pack years.
  • If you have stopped smoking, has it been less than 15 years since you last smoked?

If you answered yes to all three questions, you may be a candidate for a low-cost CT lung cancer screening.

Call 714-744-8705 to schedule your CT lung screening.

CT Lung Screening Results

A copy of the CT scan report and the recommendation for follow-up will be sent to your referring physician. Patients whose initial scan requires immediate evaluation (Lung Rads 3, 4A, and 4B) are presented at the Thoracic Oncology Cancer Conference, where the patient’s CT scans and history are reviewed. Recommendations are communicated to the patient’s physician directly, either by the nurse navigator or by written communication. Patients with an evaulation of Lung Rads (1, 2) require annual screening per national guidelines.