Cancer (Oncology)

Screening & Detection for Lung Cancer

Lung cancer usually develops and spreads for years without causing symptoms, making it difficult to detect at an early stage.

Lung cancer symptoms
  • Persistent cough
  • Hoarseness or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sputum (spit or phlegm) streaked with blood
  • Recurring bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Chest pain
International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP)
I-ELCAP is a collaborative group of experts from around the world working to improve early diagnosis of lung cancer and other lung issues.

As an I-ELCAP screening site, Greenwich Hospital’s experts manage a study of low-dose CT scans to detect lung cancer. Heavy smokers over the age of 50 are considered high-risk, and are encouraged to get screened using a low-dose CT scan. Clinical trials have shown these screenings to be more effective than chest X-rays in detecting early stage lung cancer, thus saving lives.

A federal government health panel now recommends making annual low-dose CT scans the standard of care for screening a high-risk population of current and former smokers who have smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years, or the equivalent. This paves the way for Medicare and insurance coverage for annual testing beginning as early as 2014.

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