Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second leading cause of all deaths in the United States. The scientific validation of CT screening of those at high risk means that tens of thousands of lives can be saved each year if screening is implemented responsibly, safely, efficiently and equitably.
The Cancer Institute's lung screening program is recognized by the Lung Cancer Alliance as a Center of Excellence. Based on this designation, we are committed to providing a high quality screening program that includes compliance with national standards on the most up-to-date best practices for managing screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures.
As a Lung Screening Center of Excellence, we are committed to offering a high quality screening program that includes each of the following elements:
- Provides clear information on the risks and benefits of CT screening;
- Complies with standards based on the most up to date best published practices for managing screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures;
- Works collectively as a multidisciplinary team of radiologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists and nurses needed carry out the process of screening, diagnosis and the continuum of care;
- Refers those patients who still smoke to a tobacco cessation program; and
- Provides results of the screening scans to the patient or referring physician as appropriate in a timely manner.
The National Framework for Lung Cancer Screening Excellence and Continuum of Care is a program administered by the Lung Cancer Alliance. To learn more about the Lung Cancer Alliance, visit the their website at lungcanceralliance.org.