A multidisciplinary team of lung cancer specialists in the Duke Cancer Institute is committed to offering the most advanced services to patients -- from screening and diagnosis to treatment and beyond -- with comprehensive support and education services for patients and survivors.
In the Duke Cancer Institute’s Lung Cancer Screening Clinic -- with locations in Durham and Raleigh -- individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer can participate in a lung cancer screening program that, for the first time, provides access to the most advanced diagnostic screening tool: low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) scans.
In addition, smoking cessation evaluation and counseling is provided as well as follow-up treatment if needed -- all from a team of lung cancer specialists.
CT screening addresses an urgent need for improved lung cancer screening and early diagnosis of disease, when it is most treatable.
Results from the National Lung Screening Study, published in 2011, showed that among people at high risk for developing lung cancer, those screened with low-dose CT scans showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer-related mortality compared to those who were screened with standard chest x-rays.
Those who are ages 55 to 74, have 30 pack-years* smoking history, and are current smokers or individuals who quit less than 15 years ago or those ages 50 and older, have 20 pack-years* smoking history, and have one additional risk factor for lung cancer may be eligible for this CT screening:
• Exposure to radon, asbestos, silica, or other carcinogen
• Personal history of prior lymphoma or smoking-related
malignancy (i.e., head and neck cancer, bladder cancer, etc.)
• Family history of lung cancer
• COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
Your doctor or a member of the staff can assist in determining if CT lung screening is appropriate for you.
Approximately 4 percent of patients with a positive lung cancer screening CT are found to have lung cancer. For such patients, the screening study is the first step in the comprehensive care provided by Duke's team of lung cancer specialists. Duke is one of the top lung cancer treatment centers in the world. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, a personalized treatment plan will be developed by our experts in thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, and pulmonology to offer the best course of care.
CT screening for lung cancer is currently not covered by most health care plans. However, we recognize the tremendous potential benefit of CT screening for lung cancer, and are therefore offering the service at a discounted price of $400, due at time of screening.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about CT screening for lung cancer.
For more information or to make an appointment at the Duke Cancer Center in Durham, NC, call 855-623-8132 (toll free) or 919-613-4318 (local). To make an appointment at the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center in Raleigh, NC, call 919-954-3877.
Duke Cancer Center
Betty Tong, MD, MHS, MS
Jared Christensen, MD
Cathy Hogan, NP
Certified tobacco treatment specialist
Duke Raleigh Cancer Center
Jennifer Garst, MD
Alan Rosen, MD
Susan Bruce, RN, MSN
Smoking cessation information specialist
*Pack-years as defined by the National Cancer Institute are calculated by multiplying the average number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years an individual has smoked. The following are all equivalent to a 30 pack-year smoking history:
• 1 pack per day for 30 years
• ½ pack a day for 60 years
• 2 packs a day for 15 years
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