2017 Lung Cancer Screening Program Outcomes Data

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The Swedish Cancer Institute Lung Cancer Screening Program has been one of the leading programs in the country. This program includes:
  • Lung cancer screening using low dose CT scans,
  • Smoking cessation counseling and treatment with a nurse practitioner, and
  • Counseling for tobacco related diseases.
Open to individuals between ages 55-77 years old who have a minimum of 30 packs a year tobacco history and are actively smoking or who have quit within the last 15 years. This program has had remarkable success in helping smokers to quit and stay smoke free.

Participation in a lung cancer screening program increases survival when lung cancer is detected because the cancer is most often detected early.  Early cancer detection increases treatment options and chances for cure. Smoking cessation is the single most important action in the fight against lung cancer.

Swedish Cancer Institute’s Lung Cancer Screening Program has led to a dramatic increase in the total number of lung individuals screened in the past few years:


Program Outcomes

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  • 516 individuals enrolled in the program between 2013 - 2016
  • 164 lung nodules identified
  • 25 individuals chose to be biopsied
  • 16 cancers found
  • 11 of the cancers found were an early stage and would not have been found without screening
  • Many of the individuals enrolled in the program were found to have other serious illnesses identified and were referred for care

Tobacco Cessation

  • Swedish Cancer Institute’s Tobacco Cessation Program provides face to face counseling and support services to help individuals quit smoking
  • 55% of Lung Cancer Screening Program participates were active smokers upon starting the program.
  • Of the participants who agreed to intervention:
    • 96% agreed to counseling
    • 71% agreed to treatment
    • 53% quit after having a follow-up CT scan
  • Final outcome of the program led to 66% of participants expressing readiness to quit smoking.