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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Lung Cancer Screening, Version 1.2017


How can you learn more?

Where to go for screening

Where to go for screening

Your primary care doctor can help you decide

whether or not to start lung 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. What to look for in a screening

site is listed in

Guide 14


Keep in mind, most sites require a doctor’s

prescription before the visit. Other sites will talk to

you (via a representative from the site) without a

prescription to decide if you should be screened.

A representative also may ask about your health

history and your risk for lung cancer. Before the date

is set, you can call your insurance plan. They can

help you understand what information is needed from

you before you schedule the visit.

Guide 14. Must-haves for screening sites

Screening sites

Follow an organized plan that is updated to include new technology and knowledge like that from NCCN.

Have a high-quality screening program with enough staff and resources.

Be accredited to do CT scans by a certifying organization, such as the American College of Radiology.

Get scans read by an American Board of Radiology board-certified radiologist who’s an expert in lung

cancer screening.

Offer modern multislice CT equipment that does high-quality, low-dose, and non-contrast spiral CT.

Partner with a health center that has:

• Experience and excellence in biopsy methods.

• Board-certified pulmonologists (lung doctor).

• Board-certified thoracic (chest) surgeons who are experts in lung cancer.