Jefferson University Hospitals

Lung Cancer Screening Program

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death each year across the globe. Only 15 percent of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed during the earliest stages.

However, screenings and emerging technologies including biomarkers, nonsurgical approaches to biopsy, novel therapies involving radiotherapy and immunotherapy are giving hope to patients.

Low-Dose CT Screenings

Research suggests that the use of low-dose CT of the chest (LDCT) can improve survival due to early detection of lung cancer by as much as 20 percent. 

LDCT uses X-rays to take a picture of the inside of your lungs and is able to detect lung nodules. New guidelines indicate that screening for lung cancer in high-risk patients can save lives. 

Jefferson Health's Lung Cancer Screening Program offers a unique one-day service based on state-of-the-art screening methods for lung cancer in high-risk patients. This effort – with support from Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery and Radiology – is one of the first in the Delaware Valley in the hopes of detecting lung cancer sooner. 

Should I Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer screening is for people who are at high risk for developing the disease based on medical history and other risk factors. These criteria must be met to have a lung cancer screening:

  • Between ages 50 to 80 years
  • Current smoker
  • Former smoker
  • Significant smoking history
  • No symptoms of lung cancer, including cough and and weight loss

What Should I Expect From My Lung Cancer Screening?

Participation in lung cancer screening is voluntary. A face-to-face appointment will be scheduled to ensure eligibility for screening and to offer counseling on overall lung health and tobacco dependence treatment options for current smokers.

Telehealth visits are available for your convenience. A low-dose CT will be scheduled at any of our locations on the same day as your visit or at a convenient time for you.

We will follow up with you to review the results of your scan and to develop your personalized plan of care. In general, lung cancer screening scans are performed on an annual basis.

Make An Appointment

To request an appointment, please call 215-955-LUNG. 


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