Lung cancer screening
The nationally-ranked lung cancer program at Duke uses the latest digital imaging technology to screen for and detect lung cancer at the earliest possible stage. We use the most advanced diagnostic screening tool, low-dose CT scans. Low-dose CT is a fast, safe and non-invasive study that collects 3-D images of the lungs. These 3-D images show early-stage lung cancers that may be too small to be detected by a traditional chest X-ray.
Detecting lung cancer early
Our comprehensive screening services address an urgent need for improved lung cancer screening and early diagnosis when lung disease is most treatable. Screening is recommended for anyone with the following risk factors:
- Age 50 years or older
- Has had 15 or more years of smoking history
- Has been exposed to a cancer-causing substance such as radon, asbestos, silica, or another carcinogen
- Has a personal history of prior lymphoma or a smoking-related tumor
- Has a family history of lung cancer
- Has COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
Getting a lung cancer screening with low-dose CT puts you in control of your health and greatly increases your chances that lung cancer will be detected early. If you have a family history of, or risk factors for lung cancer, your physician may recommend you undergo more frequent lung cancer imaging or tests.
Choose Duke for your lung cancer screening because we offer:
- Advanced training. Our board-certified lung imaging specialists undergo advanced training in the early detection of lung cancer and have a wealth of experience detecting and working with the specialists who have experience treating lung cancer.
- Experts in lung cancer treatment. Our pulmonology program is ranked in the top five in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We are the only medical center in North Carolina staffed with lung cancer experts who provide a full range of treatment options in the same clinic, five days a week.
- New technology, better images. Our low-dose CT scan is the most advanced diagnostic tool available today. It provides detailed results that may not be seen on traditional X-rays. The 2011 National Lung Screening Trial showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer-related deaths among people at high risk for developing lung cancer who were screened with low-dose CT scans compared to those who were screened with standard chest X-rays.
- Same day appointments, same day results. You learn your results during your appointment, not days later.
- Support services. Our lung cancer screening program offers smoking cessation evaluation, pulmonary rehabilitation, counseling and support programs to help educate and prevent lung cancer.
- Two convenient locations. We offer the latest technological advances in lung cancer screening in Durham and Raleigh.
- Immediate access to lung cancer treatment specialists. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, you will have immediate access to our lung cancer treatment experts, which includes a personalized treatment plan, advanced medical and surgical care, access to clinical trials, and the full spectrum of patient and family support.