NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Lung Cancer Screening - page 34

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Lung Cancer Screening
Version 1.2014
Part 6: Tools
Where to go for screening
Your primary care doctor can help you decide whether to start cancer
screening. This decision should take into account your chance for developing
lung cancer and your health history. Since your doctor knows this information,
he or she can make a good suggestion and help guide you to the right
screening site.
Some sites require a doctor’s prescription before the visit. Other sites will talk
to you without a prescription to decide if you should be screened. They will ask
questions about your health history and risk for lung cancer.
You should only go to a screening site that:
Follows an organized plan—a proven protocol—that is updated to include
new technology and knowledge like that from NCCN,
Has a high-quality screening program with enough staff and resources,
Is accredited to do CT scans by a certifying organization, such as the
American College of Radiology,
Has scans read by an American Board of Radiology board-certified
radiologist who’s an expert in lung cancer screening,
Has modern multislice CT equipment that does high-quality, low-dose, and
non-contrast spiral CT scans, and
Is partnered with a health center that has: 1) experience and excellence in
biopsy methods; 2) board-certified pulmonologists; and 3) board-certified
thoracic surgeons who are experts in lung cancer.
Definitions
Biopsy:
Removal of small
amounts of tissue or fluid to
be tested for disease
Board-certified:
A
status to identify doctors
who finished training
in a specialized field of
medicine
Pulmonologist:
A doctor
who’s an expert in lung
diseases
Radiologist:
A doctor
who’s an expert in reading
imaging tests
Thoracic surgeon:
A
doctor who’s an expert in
surgery within the chest
CT
= Computed
tomography
NCCN
= National
Comprehensive
Cancer Network
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