Lung Cancer Screening Clinic
Encouraging results from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) have demonstrated that annual computed tomography (CT) imaging of selected smokers can reduce lung cancer deaths by up to 20%. As part of our mission to eliminate cancer, MD Anderson is offering lung cancer screening to current and former smokers, in an effort to detect lung cancer at its earliest stage, when treatment is most effective.
Medicare Parts A and B will now cover the first clinic appointment and a lung cancer screening counseling session. For appropriate patients, annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography will be covered as an additional preventive service under Medicare.
The procedure is also currently covered by some insurance plans. Now that lung screening has become a national priority, more insurance plans will begin to cover lung screening.
Who should be screened for lung cancer?
People who are eligible for lung cancer screening:
- Are 55-77 years of age
- Are current smokers, or former smokers who have quit within the past 15 years
- Have a smoking history of 30 packs/year or greater. A pack-year is equal to one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years.
Why Get Screened at MD Anderson?
MD Anderson was the only Texas hospital to participate in the NLST. Our investigators continue to study possible biomarkers that will help improve lung cancer screening results. In addition, MD Anderson diagnostic radiologists have the experience and skill to accurately diagnose and stage lung cancers.
Those who undergo lung cancer screening at MD Anderson will have convenient access to support programs and other resources to help reduce the risk of lung cancer and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
What to Expect at Your Lung Cancer Screening
Your lung cancer screening appointment should only take about 1.5 hours. A low-dose, non-invasive form of CT scan is used that does not require drinking contrast fluid.
Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria for lung cancer screening can request an appointment in the Lung Cancer Screening Clinic:
- Call 1-877-632-6789
Lung Cancer Screening Team
MD Anderson has a world-class multidisciplinary team to manage lung cancer screening and treatment.
- Therese Bevers, M.D., Clinical Cancer Prevention
- Myrna Godoy, M.D., Ph.D., Thoracic Radiology
- Stephen Swisher, M.D., Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
- George Eapen, M.D., Pulmonary Medicine