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Lung Cancer Screening Program

The Lung Cancer Screening Program at Houston Methodist helps individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer receive a diagnosis and treatment plan at an early stage when the disease is easier to treat and possibly cure.

The program includes:

  • Annual low-dose CT scans
  • Consultations from health care providers
  • Access to tobacco cessation programs
  • Referrals to Houston Methodist specialists if disease is found

What is the benefit of lung cancer screening?

Current and former heavy smokers can now be screened more effectively for lung cancer. In a recent study, participants who received low-dose helical CT scans to detect lung cancer showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths compared with those who received standard chest x-rays.1 The trial, funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is the basis of the program development at Houston Methodist.

To learn if you are a candidate for screening, call 713.441.5864 or click here.


"Dr. Blackmon discusses the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Houston Methodist"

What is the process of a lung cancer screening? How is a lung cancer screening conducted?

Your screening will involve a low-dose, single-breath-hold CT scan of your lungs, which will be read by a board certified radiologist. You will be contacted by a Houston Methodist healthcare professional to discuss the results and, if a suspicious nodule is detected, an evaluation plan will be developed.

Based on previously published studies, more than 95 percent of the initially suspicious nodules identified within the lung are diagnosed as non-cancerous.

How do I make an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, call Houston Methodist at 713.441.5864. If you fit the criteria, you’ll be scheduled for a consultation with a health care professional followed immediately by a low-dose CT scan.

 

 


1 The National Lung Screening Trial Research Team, Reduced Lung-Cancer Mortality with Low-Dose Computed Tomographic Screening. N Engl J Med 2011; 365:395-409, August 4, 2011.

2 Jacobson FL, Austin JH, Field JK, et al. Development of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery guidelines for low-dose computed tomography scans to screen for lung cancer in North America:

 

 

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