Lung Cancer Screening Program
We are pleased to announce that we are providing CT Lung Cancer Screening Services at Holyoke Medical Center.
Yearly lung screening with low dose CT (LDCT) has proven to be effective with early detection, leading to better outcomes for patients who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. This handout answers many questions that people have about LDCT lung screening. If you have any questions, please contact us at (413) 535-4721.
The Holyoke Medical Center LDCT Lung Cancer Screening Program is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
What is CT Lung Cancer Screening?
We use state-of-the-art LDCT scanning to obtain images of the lung and process these images to be interpreted by a qualified radiologist.
Who should get an LDCT lung screening?
LDCT lung screening is recommended for the following groups of people who are at high risk for lung cancer. Those who have symptoms of a lung condition at the time of screening, such as a new cough or shortness of breath, are not eligible.
- Category 1: People 55–80 years old who have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years. This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
- Category 2: People aged 50–80 who currently or in the past have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 20 years. They must also have at least one other risk factor for lung cancer, not including exposure to second hand smoke.
Risk Factors for Lung Cancer include having cancer in the past, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, a family history of lung cancer and exposure to certain substances (including asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, silica and uranium). Your health care provider can help you determine if you have one of these other risk factors.
What is the goal of Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening?
Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20% in people who are at high risk.
How is the exam performed?
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams. The appointment takes about 15 minutes, with the scan being only 10 seconds. No medications are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for six seconds.
How to Schedule a Screening
Call (413) 535-4721 to see if you qualify. Please note that we will need an order from your HealthCare Provider before your exam.