• Lung Cancer CT Screening Program

     

    Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is currently offering FREE low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening to individuals who meet the established high-risk criteria. Please call 855.CT.CHEST to find out if you qualify!

    About the Program

    Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening. Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we now have confirmation that LDCT lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer.

    LDCT lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. Most private insurers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) do not currently cover this type of screening, and the majority of hospitals charge a self-pay rate for this exam. However, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is determined to help bring awareness and accessibility of this testing to all people at high risk and, therefore, is currently offering free LDCT lung screening to individuals who meet the established National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) high-risk criteria.

    Qualification Criteria

    You may qualify for a free LDCT lung screening at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center if you meet the high-risk criteria in one of the following recommended categories:

        Category 1

    • You are between 55 and 74 years old
    • Are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
    • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years

        Category 2

    • You are between 50 and 74 years old
    • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20+ years
    • Have one additional lung cancer risk factor (not to include secondhand smoke exposure) 

    Free of Charge

    Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is currently offering LDCT lung screening, at absolutely no charge to the patient and has been since January 2012.

    Please note: While the LDCT lung screening exam is free, any additional testing or evaluation performed as a result of recommendations arising from the LDCT lung screening exam is not free of charge and will be billed to your insurance in the customary fashion. 

    Scheduling

    If you meet the above criteria, please call toll-free 855.CT.CHEST (855.282.4378) between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, to complete a screening questionnaire.

    While you do not have to be a Lahey Hospital & Medical Center patient to receive this free screening but, regardless of your patient status, to be eligible for a free screening, you must receive an order for the exam from your primary care physician (PCP) prior to your scheduled appointment.  

    A SCREENING DOES NOT OBLIGATE YOU TO RETURN TO LAHEY HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER FOR ANY FURTHER SCREENINGS, FOR FURTHER EVALUATION OF ANY FINDINGS, OR FOR ANY OTHER SERVICES THAT LAHEY HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER PROVIDES.

    Location

    Qualified candidates may be scheduled for their free LDCT screening at our Burlington or Peabody locations:

    Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington
    41 Burlington Mall Road
    Burlington, MA 01805

    Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
    One Essex Center Drive
    Peabody, MA 01960

    Additional Information

    For more information regarding LDCT lung screening please download our FAQ document.

    For more information to share with your physician please download our free lung cancer screening physician letter.

    To view a webinar detailing Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's free CT lung screening program, please visit: https://my.varian.com/lungscreening.  

    To obtain more information about how to create and manage a free LDCT lung screening program at your facility, please contact our Patient Navigator, Shawn Regis by e-mail: Shawn.M.Regis@lahey.org or phone: 781.744.7890. 

  • Call to Learn More

    1-855-282-4378