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Lung cancer

SCREENING AND DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

Diagnostics

Lung cancer can be a complex disease that requires a thorough and accurate diagnosis. In many cases, lung cancer is diagnosed in advanced stages, which may make the disease more difficult to treat. Screening for lung cancer in high-risk patients may detect the disease early, when more treatment options may be available.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta, our diagnostic imaging experts, pulmonologist, thoracic surgeons and pathologists will provide fast, screening results. If your results indicate the possible presence of cancer, our team will help you understand your screening results, and discuss the treatment options available to you.

Our screening and diagnostic programs offer these potential benefits:

Quick appointments

You may be seen in as little as 48 hours. Most patients are seen the same week of referral.

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Rapid results

We send reliable screening results directly to you and your referring doctor.

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Lung cancer experts

Our oncologists stay up to date on new and emerging treatments and technologies.

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Lung cancer screening

During screening, doctors look for signs of disease, even when there are no obvious symptoms. Screening for lung cancer is recommended for individuals who may be at high risk for the disease, either because of age or history of smoking.

Who should get screened?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends annual lung cancer screening if you:

  • Are between the ages of 50 to 80
  • Have a history of heavy smoking*
  • Currently smoke
  • Have quit smoking within the past 15 years

* Heavy smoking means a smoking history of 20 pack years or more. A pack year is an average of one pack of cigarettes a day for one year. If you smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years, you have a 20-pack-year history.

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Screening with low-dose computed tomography

Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is currently the only screening test recommended by the USPSTF for patients with a high risk of lung cancer. While LDCT uses radiation to see inside the body, research shows that LDCT is better at detecting early-stage lung cancer than a chest X-ray alone and may significantly reduce the chances of dying from the disease.

How does LDCT work?

To screen for lung cancer, LDCT uses low doses of radiation to take a series of images of the lungs. These images are then combined to provide a more detailed, cross-sectional view of the lungs. Images produced by LDCT are more likely to show lung tumors, better estimating their size and shape, as well as identifying whether nearby lymph nodes may be affected. LDCT scans are painless and often take just a few minutes.

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Lung cancer facts

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Eighty percent of all lung cancer deaths are linked to smoking tobacco. The disease may also be caused by secondhand smoke or exposure to other substances and pollutants, such as toxic gasses, air pollution, asbestos or radon. Here are some other facts about lung cancer:

  • Cigarette smoking is the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer.
  • Four in 10 cases are diagnosed in people who had quit smoking at least 15 years earlier.
  • Screening may reduce your chances of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Locations, Atlanta – CTCA

Where we are located

CTCA Atlanta

Lung Cancer Center
600 Celebrate Life Pkwy.
Newnan, GA 30265
New Patients: 833-650-7781
Current Patients:;: 844-316-8868

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