Finding lung cancer early
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and worldwide. Approximately 85% of lung cancer occurs in current or former tobacco smokers.
Lung cancer risk factors include:
- Smoking tobacco
- Exposure to radon
- Asbestos or other cancer-causing agents
- Family history of lung cancer
- Personal history of a smoking related cancer
- Certain chronic lung diseases
What is lung cancer screening?
At Prisma Health, we encourage annual lung cancer screenings, which have been shown to save lives by finding lung cancer early. Without a screening, lung cancer usually is not found until a person develops symptoms, at which time the cancer is much harder to treat.
Screening for lung cancer involves an annual shared decision-making visit and a low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan or LDCT).
Who should be screened?
To be eligible for this lung cancer screening program, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be 55–77 years old
- Be a smoker or former smoker who quit within the past 15 years
Have smoking history of at least 30 pack years or more. Pack years are calculated by multiplying the average number of cigarette packs smoked per day by the number of years you smoked. (Example: 1 pack per day X 30 years = 30 pack year history)
What to expect for enrollment in lung cancer screening?
Step 1: Get referred by your primary care provider or self-refer to the lung cancer screening program.
Step 2: Have a shared decision making visit with one of our lung cancer screening providers. During this visit, you will discuss the risk and benefits of screening and the CT will be ordered and scheduled. Your CT may not occur on the same day of this visit. We are now also offering the option of doing these shared decision making visits virtually, if desired.
Step 3: Complete the LDCT screening scan at one of our American College of Radiology accredited facilities. You will not need an IV and you do not need to fast before this test. The scan should only take a few minutes and is not painful. The CT scan uses a low dose of radiation to take a detailed image of your lungs.
Step 4: Your provider that you meet during your shared decision-making visit will follow up with you regarding the results of your LDCT scan.
Please contact our lung cancer screening navigators for more information.
Jessica Lamb, RT
Tricia Leighton, MSN and Stephanie Hoopes, RN
P: 864-455-6243 or 864-455-5219
To see if you qualify and to schedule a screening, call 803-296-CARE (2273).
Locations where you may have your shared decision-making visit:
200 Patewood Drive, Suite B300, Greenville, SC
Center for Integrative Oncology & Survivorship- (CIOS)
900 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605
Seneca Cancer Institute
131 Lila Doyle Drive Seneca 29672
315 Medical Parkway, Greer, SC
Lung Center- Simpsonville
727 Southeast Main Street, Simpsonville, SC
Lung Center- Greenville Memorial
890 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC
Virtual appointments are also available.
Locations where you may have your lung cancer screening:
These sites are accredited through the American College of Radiology.
Patewood Medical Campus Radiology
200 Patewood Drive, Suite A16, Greenville, SC 29615
Prisma Health Greenville Outpatient Radiology
1210 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605
Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital
298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC 29672
Prisma Health Laurens Memorial Hospital
22725 Highway 76 East, Clinton, SC 29325
Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital
830 South Buncombe Road, Greer, SC 29650
Prisma Health Hillcrest Hospital
729 SE Main Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Prisma Health North Greenville Hospital
807 N Main St, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital – Coming Soon
200 Fleetwood Dr, Easley, SC 29640
Prisma Health Baptist Hospital
Taylor at Marion St., Columbia, SC 29220
Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital
400 Palmetto Health Pkwy., Columbia, SC 29212
Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital
129 N. Washington St., Sumter, SC 29150
Smoking cessation program
Education, counseling and assistance in quitting is offered to all patients who are enrolled in the lung cancer screening program. This is discussed at the shared decision-making visit. For more information on our smoking cessation programs, click here.