Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer), and the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.
Each year, more people die of lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
Unfortunately, by the time most lung cancers are detected, they have already spread widely and are at an advanced stage. This makes cancer difficult to treat or cure.
Harrington offers a comprehensive Early Detection Lung Cancer Screening Program. This program can detect lung cancer at an earlier stage, often making the disease more treatable. Our program engages the patient, physician, and radiologist to detect, diagnose and collaborate on a care plan that’s individualized.
Read: Lung Cancer Fact Sheet
Are You at Risk?
Patients critical to be screened are those who:
1) Are between 55 and 77 years of age;
2) Are a current smoker, or someone who quit less than 15 years ago;
3) Have a personal history of 30-pack years
Talk to your primary care physician first. If he/she thinks you are eligible, you will contact our referral line to answer a brief questionnaire to determine if the test is right for you.
What Kind of Test is Performed?
The early detection screening test is a simple, fast, and low-dose CT scan ordered by your primary care physician. The exam takes less than 15 minutes to complete but could be life-saving, as it allows radiologists and physicians to detect any suspicious signs of abnormalities within the lungs.
All adult imaging studies at Harrington are read by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center radiologists.
Lung scans are categorized as RAD 1-4, with 1 being negative and 4 being highly suspicious with additional testings recommended.
Is the Test Covered by My Insurance?
Most insurances are covering this early detection screening test. Please consult with your insurance company and your doctor’s office for additional information.
Where Can I Get the Test Done?
Since the program began in 2015, Harrington has completed the following number of scans:
Of the 250 scans done in the first quarter of 2018, 22 were classified as 4’s – suspicious of cancer. Of these 22, three were positive lung cancers, four were recommended for immediate further diagnostic tests or specialists (PET scan, thoracic consult). The remaining 15 are to have repeat scans in three months.
From January 1 to September 30, 2017, Harrington performed 597 total scans for patients who were at-risk for lung cancer.
492 scans were Rad 1 and Rad 2. Fifty-six scans were Rad 3 and 49 scans were RAD 4.
The RAD 4 scans are further broken down: 4A, 4B and 4X, each indicative of a solid nodule increasing in size with potential new growth and increased suspicion of malignancy.
Harrington detected nine RAD 4X scans that were recommended for further testing, treatment or surgery.