Lung Cancer Screening | LDCT

The MaineHealth Cancer Care Network offers comprehensive lung cancer screenings to test people at high risk for lung cancer. The screening is appropriate for older adults with a history of smoking cigarettes. The screening looks for lung cancer in its early stages before it can do harm.

What is the lung cancer screening?

Known as the LDCT, the test uses low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), or a CAT scan, to look for lung cancer at a very early stage. The LDCT scan is painless and takes less than five minutes.

LDCT scan is for people with a long history of smoking.

The LDCT scan is not for everyone. A yearly lung cancer screening is recommended for older adults who are current smokers and who used to smoke. The screening may be right for you, if you:

  • Are between 55 and 80 years old

  • Currently smoke or have stopped smoking in the last 15 years, and

  • Have a history smoking a pack of cigarettes daily for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years.    

Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Diagnosis of lung cancer at the earliest stage

A team of highly skilled specialists screens patients for early signs of lung cancer before there are symptoms.

The team includes doctors who are experts in treating cancer and lung disease. They are oncologists, pulmonologists, radiation oncologists and thoracic surgeons.

The lung cancer screening includes the following services:

  • Lung cancer risk evaluation

  • Education and counseling about lung cancer screenings

  • LCDT scan and diagnosis

  • Follow-up testing and treatment as needed

  • Connecting people with help to quit smoking, if needed

 

Are You a Smoker Worried About Lung Cancer?

LDCT checks healthy older adults

The LDCT specifically is for older people with a long history of smoking. Ask your primary care doctor or family healthcare provider if an LDCT screening is right for you.

The following are MaineHealth organizations that offer LDCT scans for people who may be at risk of lung cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment represents your best chances for positive outcomes.

MaineHealth Organizations Offering LDCT testing

 

Get help to quit smoking

The best way to lower your chance of lung cancer is to stop smoking.

If you want to stop smoking, or have decided to quit smoking, here’s help. Contact the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine at www.tobaccofreemaine.org