Lung Cancer Screening | LDCT
The MaineHealth Cancer Care Network offers comprehensive lung cancer screenings to test people at high risk for lung cancer. The screening is appropriate for older adults with a history of smoking cigarettes. The screening looks for lung cancer in its early stages before it can do harm.
What is the Lung Cancer Screening?
Known as the LDCT, the test uses low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), or a CAT scan, to look for lung cancer at a very early stage. The LDCT scan is painless and takes less than five minutes.
LDCT Scan is for People with a Long History of Smoking.
You may be eligible for lung cancer screening if you:
Are 55-80 years old
Currently smoke, or stopped smoking within the last 15 years or less
Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years (1 pack per day for 30 years, or 2 packs per day for 15 years, etc.)
If you meet all three criteria, you may benefit from lung cancer screening.
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Diagnosis of lung cancer at the earliest stage
A team of highly skilled specialists screens patients for early signs of lung cancer before there are symptoms.
The team includes doctors who are experts in treating cancer and lung disease. They are oncologists, pulmonologists, radiation oncologists and thoracic surgeons.
The lung cancer screening includes the following services:
Lung cancer risk evaluation
Education and counseling about lung cancer screenings
LCDT scan and diagnosis
Follow-up testing and treatment as needed
Connecting people with help to quit smoking, if needed
LDCT checks healthy older adults
The LDCT specifically is for older people with a long history of smoking. Ask your primary care doctor or family healthcare provider if an LDCT screening is right for you.
The following are MaineHealth organizations that offer LDCT scans for people who may be at risk of lung cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment represents your best chances for positive outcomes.