Using CT scans to screen smokers for lung cancer cuts the risk of death from the disease by 20 percent, according to a new study by the National Cancer Institute published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Meanwhile, medical centers across the country currently offer lung cancer screening programs for high-risk patients and pack-a-day smokers. Below is a list of institutions that offer such services.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center performs lung cancer screenings and is currently developing a formal program to help patients in Southern California who have CT results showing one or more small pulmonary nodules.
Yale University Cancer Center, New Haven, Conn.
Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center offer screening for people at high risk of developing lung cancer through the Thoracic Oncology Program. CT scans are read by dedicated radiologists and any suspicious areas are reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of lung cancer experts.
National Jewish Hospital, Denver
National Jewish offers low-dose helical CT screening to patients at high risk for lung cancer. Thus far, patients have only been seen via internal referrals and/or on a self-pay premise.
University of Colorado Hospital, Denver
University of Colorado Hospital is developing a lung cancer screening program for high-risk patients based on the NLST trial results. However, until official recommendations regarding lung cancer screening are made by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force next year, the hospital does not anticipate that insurance companies will cover lung cancer screening costs.
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla.
Moffitt Cancer Center plans to develop a lung cancer screening program with spiral CT later this year.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Fla.
The Miller School of Medicine will be offering a screening program at University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Emory University Hospital, Atlanta
Emory University Hospital is offering lung cancer CT screening beginning on Aug. 1, 2011.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Northwestern Memorial offers a lung cancer CT screening program for patients considered at high risk for lung cancer. The Northwestern Pulmonary Nodule Clinic provides appropriate monitoring and diagnostic intervention for individuals in whom the CT screening reveals indeterminate or suspicious lung nodule(s).
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
Rush University Medical Center offers a lung cancer screening program.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Baltimore
Johns Hopkins offers spiral CT lung cancer screening per the NIH/NCI guidelines. Hopkins is the only Maryland hospital that participated in the National Lung Screening Trial.
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
Brigham and Women's Hospital's Department of Radiology offers lung cancer CT screening to eligible patients. Current or former long-term smokers over the age of 50 can speak with their doctor about the scan and eligible patients can undergo a scan with a doctor's referral.
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center is developing a lung screening program for high-risk patients based on the NLST trial results.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital offers low-dose CT lung cancer screening to patients aged 55-74 and who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Mayo Clinic offers low dose CT in patients at high risk for lung cancer in an attempt to identify cancer at its earliest stages.
Continuum Cancer Centers of New York
Continuum partners with Beth Israel Medical Center, Roosevelt Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Beth Israel currently has a screening program. Philanthropy support defrays some of the cost of the screenings for patients, as this screening is currently not covered by insurance.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offers low-dose helical CT screening for people with no history of cancer or who have been cancer-free for five years, aged 55-74, and who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years (30 pack years).
Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
Mount Sinai Medical Center offers low-dose CT scanning for lung cancer screening in high-risk patients. Mount Sinai's Lung Disease and Lung Cancer Treatment Programs ensure a seamless transition to the best possible care should it become necessary.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers lung cancer screening with low-dose spiral CT scanning. Patients who are aware and interested can call a toll-free number to set up an appointment: (877) 243-0563.
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Cleveland University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center offers $99 lung cancer screenings to patients aged 55-74, who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years and to other high-risk patients.