Early detection of lung cancer through screening can ultimately lead to improved treatment options and increased survival rates. That’s why high-risk patients, such as smokers and ex-smokers, should consider a low-dose CT scan, the most advanced diagnostic tool for improved lung cancer screening and early diagnosis, when the disease is most treatable. A CT scan can show tiny spots on the lungs, called nodules, years before they would ever be seen on a chest X-ray. These spots could be the signs of early lung cancer.
In 2015, Medicare announced coverage for low-dose CT scans in high-risk patients. Results from the National Lung Screening Study, published in 2011, showed that among people at high risk for developing lung cancer, those screened with low-dose CT showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer-related mortality compared to those who were screened with standard chest X-rays.
International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP)
Free Lung Cancer Screening for Eligible Participants
For people who are not eligible for I-ELCAP or choose not to participate in a research study,
CT screenings also are available for a fee.
For more information, call 301-754-7879.
Since 2004, Holy Cross Hospital has participated in the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), a research study looking at the role of low-dose CT in the detection of nodules that may be cancer.
Who should participate in I-ELCAP to be screened for lung cancer?
People who are:
- Are at least 40 years of age
- Have not undergone a chest CT in the past three years
- Are current smokers or former smokers
- Have a personal physician to follow up on the screening results
Why Get Screened at Holy Cross Hospital?
Holy Cross Hospital is the only hospital in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to participate in the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program since 2004. Holy Cross Hospital has been enrolling participants in this research study for the past decade.
Participants who undergo lung cancer screening at Holy Cross Hospital will have convenient access to lung care services and other resources to help reduce the risk of lung cancer and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
What to Expect at Your Lung Cancer Screening
Your lung cancer screening appointment should only take about an hour. A low-dose, non-invasive form of CT scan limits the radiation exposure to participants and produces high-resolution images. This test does not require drinking contrast fluid or intravenous injection.
Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria for lung cancer screening can request an appointment using our online form or call 301-754-7695.
Lung Cancer Screening I-ELCAP Team
Holy Cross Hospital has a world-class multidisciplinary team to manage lung cancer screening and treatment.
- Cheryl A. Aylesworth, M.D., Holy Cross Hospital Principal Investigator, Oncology
- Bryan Steinberg, M.D., Holy Cross Hospital Sub -Investigator, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
- Kunda Biswas, M.D., Holy Cross Hospital Sub -Investigator, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
- Sameer A. Pandit, M.D., Holy Cross Hospital Diagnostic Radiology
- Benjamin M. Wisotsky, M.D., Holy Cross Hospital Diagnostic Radiology
- Eduardo Mendives, Holy Cross Hospital Clinical Research Associate
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If you are interested, please contact the Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute at 301-754-7985 or 301-754-7695 or complete our appointment request form.