Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the primary cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States. That’s why the MUSC Health Lung Cancer Screening Program, in partnership with MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, offers lung screening to determine if you’re at risk and, if so, help increase your chance of survival through early detection.

Why is lung screening important?

Often lung cancer has few to no symptoms until it has spread to other parts of the body. When detected early, however, the disease is more treatable. Our program offers lung screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for high-risk adults, which has been shown by the National Lung Screening Trial to decrease their risk of dying from lung cancer. Based on recent research, you should be screened annually for as long as you meet the screening criteria.

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

You should consider getting screened for lung cancer if you have all three of these risk factors:

  • 50 to 77 years old and
  • Have a 20 pack-year history of smoking (this means 1 pack a day for 20 years, 2 packs a day for 10 years, etc.) and
  • Are a current smoker, or have quit within the last 15 years.

Not everyone who meets the initial criteria will be eligible for screening. Our team will work with each patient to weigh the risks and benefits of screening and help determine if screening is right for each individual patient.

How is screening done?

  • Your lung cancer screening appointment should take about 30 minutes to an hour and is painless.
  • Screening is done using a low-dose spiral CT (LDCT) scan. This LDCT scan creates a detailed picture of your lungs.
  • You’ll go to the MUSC Health Radiology (X-ray) for your LDCT scan. You’ll lie on a table and raise your arms above your head. Then the table will slide into the scanner. You’ll be asked to hold your breath for about 20 seconds during the scan.
  • One of our program’s dedicated Thoracic Radiologists will read and interpret the screening CTs.
  • Afterward, the test results will be sent to your physician for follow-up, and you will be contacted with the results as well.

What is the cost?

Medicare and most private insurance plans typically offer coverage for those who qualify.

Schedule a screening

Your doctor may refer you for screening, or you may refer yourself for a consultation:

843-792-9300 (Charleston and surrounding areas)

803-320-8567 (Chester & Lancaster)

843-673-7529 (Florence)

Lung Treatment & Services

The lung cancer screening coordinator will explain the evaluation process, which includes smoking cessation counseling if you smoke. You may also be referred to clinical trials that are appropriate for your concerns or your condition. Additional services available to you include:

  • MUSC Health Lung and Thoracic Cancer Program – Our experts specialize in the latest treatments for lung cancer, esophageal cancer and Barrett’s Esophagus, chest wall tumors, and mediastinal tumors.

  • MUSC Health Tobacco Treatment Program – Avoiding cigarettes is the most important thing you can do to lower your chance of dying from a variety of diseases, not just lung cancer. We provide support for patients interested in quitting smoking, including educational resources.

  • MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Clinical Trials – As the state’s only NCI-designated cancer center, Hollings offers patients groundbreaking treatment options and the latest clinical trials.

  • Patient and Family Resources – Our care extends beyond the scope of medical services to resources that support our patients and their families in all areas of life.

Our Team

  • Benjamin A. Toll, Ph.D., Co-Director Lung Cancer Screening Program, Tobacco Treatment
  • Nichole T. Tanner, M.D., MSCR, Co-Director Lung Cancer Screening Program, Pulmonary Medicine
  • Mo Zein, M.D., Co-Director Lung Cancer Screening Program, Pulmonary Medicine
  • Claudia Miller, RN, Lung & Thoracic Cancer Nurse Navigator
  • Cassie Frazier, NP, APRN, Lung Cancer Screening and Pulmonary Nodule Coordinator
  • Alexandria Ingram, NP, Nurse Practitioner (Lancaster/Chester)
  • Whitney Johnson, NP, Nurse Practitioner (Florence)
  • D'Shonda Edmondson, Program Assistant

Lung cancer screening and clinical consultations are conveniently located at various MUSC Health locations, including Charleston, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, North Charleston, Chester, Florence, and Lancaster.

Lung screening with low dose CT will save many lives by detecting lung cancer at earlier, treatable stages.

Dr. Benjamin Toll

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Locations

Rutledge Tower

135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425

Ashley River Tower

25 Courtenay Drive
Charleston, SC 29425

West Ashley Medical Pavilion Epic Center

2060 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29407

Orthopaedics Lancaster

1025 West Meeting Street
Suite: 100
Lancaster , SC 29720
Main: 803-285-3700

Lung Cancer Screening East Cooper

East Cooper Medical Pavilion
1600 Midtown Avenue
Floor: 3
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Scheduling: 843-792-1178

Lung Cancer Screening North Area

North Area Medical Pavilion
8992 University Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29406
Scheduling: 843-792-5716

Florence Medical Center

805 Pamplico Highway
Florence, SC 29505
Main: 843-674-5000

Lung Cancer Screening at Lancaster

800 West Meeting Street
Lancaster, SC 29720

Lung Cancer Screenings Chester

517 Doctors Court
Chester, SC 29706
Main: 803-320-8567
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Screening for Lung Cancer

Not everyone who meets the initial criteria will be eligible for screening. Our team will help guide you as to whether screening can benefit you or not.

Screening Brochure (PDF)