Many individuals in St. Petersburg, Florida, can benefit from the lung cancer screening program available nearby at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Moffitt has been designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute for our continued efforts in advancing cancer research. We feature robust clinical trials that help us develop innovative methods for diagnosing and treating many different types of cancer.
At Moffitt, our lung cancer screening program is open to individuals in St. Petersburg, FL, and throughout the area, and is recommended for those who are at a high risk for lung cancer. Tobacco use, a family history of lung cancer and exposure to chemicals such as secondhand smoke, radon and asbestos all contribute to the likelihood of developing lung cancer. Eligibility requirements for our program include:
- Being between 50 and 77 years of age
- Current or former smokers with a 20-pack year smoking history (pack year = total # of years smoked X # of packs smoked per day)
Additionally, our screening services are open to patients who do not meet these requirements but have a referral from a physician or pulmonologist. Moffitt Cancer Center also offers appointments with a pulmonologist who can complete an evaluation and provide a referral, if necessary.
Early detection contributes significantly to the successful treatment of lung cancer, especially since symptoms of lung cancer typically do not appear until later stages. Screening is a quick and painless process that involves a high-definition CT scan. If a screening results in a lung cancer diagnosis, we offer access to supportive care and clinical services, as well as preferential appointments with our oncologists who specialize in lung cancer. Additionally, all new diagnoses are reviewed by our tumor board, a multispecialty team of medical experts, who work together to develop a highly individualized treatment plan for each patient. Our lung cancer treatment plans and services have helped countless patients fight cancer and achieve a better quality of life.
To learn more about our lung cancer screening program, contact 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form. We have been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance and welcome both local patients and those traveling from St. Petersburg, FL, and out-of-town areas.