Lung cancer screening involves a low dose chest CT scan in a population of patients who are at increased risk for lung cancer because of a history of smoking.Patients eligible for lung cancer screening includes those aged 55-77 with 30 pack year smoking history who are currently smoking or have quit less than 15 years ago.
The Center for Thoracic Disease has had an ongoing program for lung cancer screening since March of 2013 at Lutheran General Hospital. We incorporated Illinois Masonic Hospital into our screening program in July 2016. Since its inception, we have screened and evaluated over 700 patients. We have significantly impacted lung cancer survival through screening. 65% of our patients have stage 1 or 2 lung cancer which is associated with an improved survival. Typically, stage 1 and 2 lung cancer is found in only 25% of all lung cancer patients.
All patients screened are evaluated personally and the CT is reviewed with the patient in the office. This includes initial CT scans as well as the follow up scans. Our program believes in the ability for patients to see the CT images. This allows them to more fully understand the recommendations for follow up. Importantly, any abnormal scan is discussed with a multidisciplinary committee before any invasive procedure is recommended. Lung Cancer Screening is an integral part of our thoracic surgical practice and discovering early stage lung cancer remains a primary goal.
We have an active smoking cessation program available to all our patients. If you are still smoking and would like information on how to quit please look at the resources below. Additionally if you are interested in trying nicotine replacement or other quitting aids, please ask your thoracic surgery provider when you see them.