Lung Screening Program
Torrance Memorial, at the forefront of cancer diagnostics, now offers a
low-dose CT screening for those at increased risk for lung cancer.
Study Reveals Screening Benefits
Recently the National Cancer Institute released initial findings of its National Lung Screening Trial, a national research study that enrolled over 50,000 currently and ex-smokers with a high risk of development lung cancer. Analysis of the data gathered in this trial showed that significantly fewer study participants died of lung cancer if they underwent low-does spiral CT (Computed Tomography) screening compared to participants who had a standard chest x-ray. The study strongly suggests that CT lung screening leads to early detection and better survival for those at risk for the development of smoking-related lung cancer.
Who Should Consider CT Scan Lung Screening?
If you are between the ages of 55 and 74 years, have a more than incidental smoking history, and have smoked during the past 15 years, you should consider being screened. Other persons who are at increased risk for lung cancer and should consider CT screening are those who are at least 50 years old, have more than an incidental smoking history, and have an additional risk factor such as occupational exposure to carcinogen, radon exposure, COPD or pulmonary fibrosis, or family history of lung cancer.
To learn more about your risk for lung cancer and whether you should consider CT lung screening, visit AtRiskForCancer.org .
Are There Any Risks to Being Screened for Lung Cancer?
There are some risks:
- Not all cancers are detected by CT
- The scan could result in a finding that leads to additional testing
- Exposure to a small amount of radiation, although the benefit of early detection likely outweighs the risk of damage or injury the amount of radiation exposure that occurs during a CT
The cost of the exam is $350. It is not covered by insurance so payment is due at the time of the exam. A physicians order is required. The order can be faxed to Centralized Scheduling at 310-784-6366 or 424-286-4707. Contact the Lung Program Nurse Navigator at 310-517-4665 for questions about scheduling an exam.
Make An Appointment
Call Centralized Scheduling at 310-517-4738. Once you have an appointment scheduled, you are encouraged to contact the Lung Program Nurse Navigator to learn more about the CT exam, 310-517-4665.
Where is The Scan Performed?
CT Lung Screening is performed at Torrance Memorial Polak Imaging Pavilion located:
3275 Skypark Drive
Torrance, CA 90505
Parking is available near the building's entrance at Skypark Drive and Camino del Sol.
The Nurse Navigator will either call you with the results or set up an appointment to discuss the results in person, usually 3-4 days after the exam. You will receive written notification of the scan results and a copy of the report. If you would like a copy of the scan on a CD, ask the front desk at Polak Imaging Pavilion or call 310-784-6323.
For More Information
For additional information about the lung cancer screening and treatment program at Torrance Memorial, call 310-517-4665. Program brochure.