Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. As with many other types of cancer, when found early, lung cancer can be highly curable.
South Shore Health System offers screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) — the only recommended screening for people at high risk for lung cancer. Research shows that screening using a low-dose CT scan can help detect early lung cancer before clinical signs or symptoms become evident. The screening is reviewed by a board-certified radiologist and results are provided to a patient’s primary care physician.
All health plans cover lung cancer screening for individuals who meet the following criteria:
Most health insurance plans now cover lung cancer screening for eligible individuals who have a referral from their primary care physician. Additionally, follow-up care required after the exam should also be covered by insurance including Medicare/Medicaid. We will verify and work with a patient’s doctor’s office to get insurance authorization.
If you think you qualify for a low-dose CT lung screening or would like more information on eligibility requirements, call our support line at 781-624-4368 or have your doctor call us with a referral. Appointments can often be offered same day, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The risk of having lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses decreases after you stop smoking and continues to decrease as more tobacco-free time passes. If you are ready to quit, below are helpful resources to help you kick the habit: