Smoking is a major risk factor for developing lung cancer. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, our Lung Cancer Screening Program provides low-dose lung CT screening to current and former smokers who are at a high risk for developing this disease.
Who We Screen
Through this program, we provide low-dose CT screening for people who:
- Are between the ages of 55 and 80.
- Have smoked 30 or more pack years. (This is the number of years smoked multiplied by the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day. For example, one pack per day for 30 years equals 30 pack years.)
- Have quit smoking less than 15 years prior to enrollment
Our eligibility criteria and screening schedule are based on the results of the National Lung Screening Trial, which found that lung cancer deaths were decreased by 20 percent in people who had annual low-dose CT scans over two years. (1) Low-dose CT scans have about five times less radiation than conventional CT scans.
You do not need to be a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering to be screened, and you can refer yourself or be referred by a physician.
Initial Visit and Follow-Up Scans
On the day of your first appointment, we will confirm that you are eligible for screening. This may be done either by providing documentation from your physician or by a brief visit with a nurse practitioner or physician. If you are eligible, we will perform a low-dose lung CT scan, which only takes a few minutes.
Your scan will be read by a Memorial Sloan Kettering radiologist who specializes in reading lung CT scans. You will receive the results of the scan either by hard copy or through the MyMSK patient portal. If there are any abnormal findings or if you request it, a nurse or physician will review the results with you and discuss any additional steps that are recommended.
Scheduling Your Screening
Appointments are available at most MSK locations, including those in Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey. If you require an eligibility visit, the initial scan will be at the Rockefeller Outpatient Pavilion.
For additional information about screening, to schedule an appointment, or to learn more about insurance coverage for screening, please call 646-888-2007.
If you are a current smoker and would like to receive support in quitting, we encourage you to participate in our Smoking Cessation Program.