Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in America today. The best treatment for lung cancer, as with all cancers, is early detection. In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine published results from the landmark National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) showing that those who were at high-risk for lung cancer and underwent lung cancer screening, caught and treated their cancer early when it was in the most treatable stages, reducing their risk of dying from lung cancer.
The medical community recommends lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (CT).
We personalize your follow-up care. In most cases, we can offer same-day results from a preliminary reading before we reach a final conclusion.
Counseling, reading, and following up
Your visit starts with pre-screening counseling, where we explain what the scan involves and why regular screening is so important. Additionally, counseling services are provided for smoking cessation if applicable. Our radiologists perform the low-dose CT scan and provide preliminary results the same day. We have extensive experience interpreting scans and evaluating lung nodules.
Regardless of the outcome of your scan, we will discuss the next steps with you:
- If your scan is negative, we recommend annual follow-up screening and can schedule your appointment the same day.
- If your scan is positive, we will refer you to Stanford Pulmonology or Thoracic Surgery, as appropriate. Oftentimes you can see a cancer specialist the same day to start your treatment planning.
- We will coordinate smoking cessation counseling services for you, if appropriate.
We also will refer you to other counseling services, as needed.