Cancer Center

Phone Numbers

Hematology / Oncology
(803) 794-7511
Radiation Oncology
(803) 791-2575
Women's Imaging
(803) 791-2486

Lung Cancer Screening

Our Screening

  • New milestone lung cancer screening program for those at high risk.
  • Follows the National Lung Screening Trial criteria.
  • Weekly doctors' meetings for lung cancer screening scans.
(803) 935-8843

What should I know about screenings?

Detecting lung cancer at an early stage can reduce your risk of mortality by 20 percent.

Do I need to be tested?

Yes if:

  • You are between 55-77 years old and a heavy smoker (the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years).
  • You are between 50-77 years old and at risk because of family history, your occupation or a lung disease.

How often should I be tested?

Screening is not just a one-time event; it is recommended that you have screening for at least three years. Some people may need to be screened longer.

What happens if you find something?

If we find something, it does not necessarily mean you have lung cancer. About 25 percent of those screened will have a suspicious spot on their scan, but fewer than 4 percent actually have lung cancer.

If we do find a spot on your scan, your doctor may request another CT scan or biopsy to determine if the abnormality is cancer.

If you smoke, we have education and resources to help you quit. Please contact our Smoking Cessation Facilitator, Donna Fox at (803) 358-6180.

What will happen during the screening?

The scan will take 15-20 seconds. Eat and drink as usual prior to your screening, and wear clothing without metal.

Advanced Early Detection

Our advanced tests produce more accurate results and are often more comfortable for patients.

More Accurate 3-D Scan
Our CT scan images give us a 3-D view of any spots, as opposed to an X-ray that only shows a 2-D view. This technology helps us find any suspicion nodules as early as possible.