Lung Cancer Screening Program

May 09, 2019

Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in America. Symptoms often don’t appear until the cancer is in its later stages, making it harder to treat. Through the Lung Cancer Screening Program, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is at the forefront of the effort to save the lives of those who are at risk.

Lahey uses a low-dose CT scan that can find lung cancer before a patient shows symptoms. It’s proven to detect cancer in the earliest stages when it’s most treatable. Since starting in 2012, the program has screened more than 5,000 patients.

Eligibility Criteria for Lung Cancer Screening

You may qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are between 50 and 80 years old.
  • You are a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years.
  • You have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer.
  • You smoked the equivalent of at least one pack a day for 20 years.

You need a referral from your doctor if you qualify. We can help you get this referral.

Medicare & Private Insurance Coverage

Medicare covers low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for people who meet the eligibility criteria. Most private health plans also cover the screening for those at high risk. We can help you figure out your plan’s coverage.

A Model for Other Lung Screening Programs

Lahey was the first facility in the country to earn the designation of an accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology. The program is a model for other programs across the country. We have provided information and assistance to hundreds of other programs around the country.

Don’t wait for symptoms. Call 855-282-4378 if you meet lung cancer screening eligibility criteria.

*The content on this website is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Please consult a physician regarding your specific medical condition, diagnosis and/or treatment.