Lung Cancer Screening

Dr. Rohit Kumar speaks with a patient about their low-dose CT scan results.
Dr. Rohit Kumar speaks with a patient about their low-dose CT scan results.

Lung cancer screening is a yearly imaging test that can find cancer early, sometimes before there are symptoms. When lung cancer is caught early, there are more treatment options available, offering the best chance for a successful outcome.

Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Hospital offer lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals using low-dose computed tomography (CT) to detect abnormalities that may not be seen on a traditional X-ray or exam. A low-dose CT scan is one that uses a minimal amount of radiation.

Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility

You may be eligible for a lung cancer screening if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You are between the ages of 50 and 80
  • You have a history of more than 20 pack-years of smoking (the number of years smoked multiplied by the average number of packs smoked per day)
  • You are currently smoking or have quit smoking within the last 15 years

More Than Just Lung Cancer Screening

Temple Healthy Chest Initiative

A low-dose CT scan can reveal much more than potentially harmful lung nodules. It can also identify other conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, heart disease, osteoporosis, or problems in the esophagus.

It’s why experts from Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Temple Lung Center - two of Philadelphia’s world-class names in health care - created the Temple Healthy Chest Initiative. This screening initiative can find many serious health conditions early, before they progress, and gives patients the best chance for a successful outcome. And when health issues are identified, Temple’s dedicated nurse navigator will connect patients with the right specialists who can tailor a treatment plan specific to them.

Learn more about lung cancer screening and available locations→