If you are now or have ever been a heavy smoker, you likely know that you
have a higher risk for
lung cancer. As with most cancers, early detection and treatment of lung cancer offers
the best possible odds for survival.
Torrance Memorial, at the forefront of cancer diagnostics, now offers a
low-dose CT screening for people at increased risk for lung cancer.
Study: Lung Cancer Screening Provides Survival Benefits
National Cancer Institute released early findings of its National Lung Screening Trial. This national
research study examined and followed more than 50,000 current and former
smokers who were determined to be at high risk of developing lung cancer.
Using data gathered in this trial, scientists found that significantly
fewer study participants died of lung cancer if they underwent low-dose
spiral CT (Computed Tomography) screening compared to those 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 fall into the following categories, please consider a CT Scan Lung
- Age 55 – 77, current smoker or former smoker who quit within the
last 15 years
- Smoked at least a 30 pack year history
To learn more about your risk for lung cancer and whether you should consider
CT lung screening, visit
Are There Any Risks to Being Screened for Lung Cancer?
The decision to be screened for lung cancer is not always a black-and-white
one. In deciding whether or not you want to be screened, here are some
important facts you should know in advance:
- There is a chance you could have cancer that would not be detected by this test.
- There is a chance that the test will yield a finding, which leads to additional
testing – which may or may not turn out to be cancer.
- The test uses 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.
Torrance Memorial offers low-dose lung screening for $205. Medicare covers
the cost of the screen as long as you fit the criteria. Most private insurance
companies also cover the cost if guideline are met since this screening
is considered preventative.
Make An Appointment
You’ll need a physician’s order to have the exam. The order
can be faxed to Centralized Scheduling at 310-784-6366 or 424-286-4707. 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
Where is The Scan Performed?
Lung Screening are performed at:
Torrance Memorial Polak Imaging Pavilion
3275 Skypark Drive
Torrance, CA 90505
Parking is available near the building's entrance at Skypark Drive
and Camino del Sol.
Within 3-4 days of the exam, your primary care physician will receive exam
results to review with you. 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 Referring Providers
Download a Low Dose CT Lung Screening order form.
- To schedule call 310-517-4738
- Fax completed order form to Thoracic Nurse Navigator at 310-784-8722
For More Information
For additional information about the lung cancer screening and treatment
program at Torrance Memorial, call 310-517-1072.
Lung Cancer Screening
Ready to Quit Smoking
Register for a smoke cessation class