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Lung and Thoracic Cancers

Lung Cancer Screening Program

Detecting lung cancer early can save your life. Annual lung cancer screenings with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) have been shown to save lives by finding lung cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Without a screening, lung cancer usualy is not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat. Screening is recommended for people ages 55-80 and who have smoked an average of at least one pack per day for 30 years and who are at high risk for lung cancer. This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Those who have symptoms of a lung condition at the time of screening, such as a new cough or shortness of breath, are not eligible. For additional information about lung cancer screening, see the Lung Cancer Screening FAQsCall 803-296-2273 to see if you qualify and to schedule your exam.

Thoracic Cancer Conference

Our Thoracic Cancer Conference meets twice a month to evaluate new cases, including all lung cancers. Physicians present patients who have suspicious lung nodules or masses to discuss the best way to diagnose the problem. Together the following team of specialists decides on the best diagnostic approach and treatment:


Interventional Pulmonology Center / USC Pulmonology

Palmetto Pulmonary


Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates


Professional Pathology Services

Pitts Radiology
South Carolina Oncology Associates
South Carolina Oncology Associates

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Palmetto Health offers area schools the opportunity to participate in the Trumpeter Campaign and Contest, a youth tobacco prevention program, and provides free smoking cessation programs. For help with quitting tobacco use, call CareCall at 803-296-2273 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.