Lung Cancer Screening Program

The lung cancer screening looks for cancer before you have any symptoms, with the goal of treating it in its early stages and greatly improving your chances for survival.

Lung cancer screening at Aurora Health Care is about identifying lung cancer in its early stages – the time when cancer has been shown to be treated most successfully.

Lung cancer affects many people, but a simple screening can help save lives. At Aurora Health Care, we follow the recommendation of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) and use low-dose, non-contrast chest-computed tomography (CT) to detect lung cancer – even when no symptoms, clinical signs or history of the disease exist.

Who should get screened?

Nationally established guidelines recommend screening for people who are:

  • Age 55 to 77 and have smoked one pack a day for 30 years (or the equivalent)
  • Still actively smoke or have quit within the last 15 years
  • Asymptomatic/have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer

Need help quitting?

If you use tobacco, quitting is the best thing you can do. Aurora offers tobacco cessation classes, programs, counseling and education to help you kick the habit.

How do I get screened?

Call the Aurora Health Care Screening’s program at 1-855-229-0924 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to schedule an appointment. You do not need a doctor’s order to be screened.

What happens during screening?

The procedure is painless, and usually lasts only a few minutes to a half hour. It involves a low-dose, non-contrast chest CT scan.

During the scan, you will lie very still on a table while the table passes through the center of a large X-ray machine (or the X-ray machine passes over the table). You may hear a whirring sound during the procedure, or be asked to hold your breath to prevent blurring of the images.

Will insurance cover the cost of my screening?

Please check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment to determine if they will cover the cost of the screening.

When will I get my results?

After your scan, you will receive a letter in the mail within seven days with your results. This letter will include the scan findings, as well as follow-up recommendations from one of our cancer care specialists.

Benefits of screening:

  • Promotes early detection of lung cancer
  • Improves chances for survival
  • Encourages better risk-factor management

How do I schedule a screening?

To schedule your screening, call any of our locations below:

Aurora Advanced Healthcare in Kenosha – 262-857-5797

Aurora BayCare Medical Center – 866-938-0035

Aurora Lakeland Medical Center - 262-741-2114

Aurora Medical Center in Grafton – 262-329-1400

Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh – 920-456-7040

Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County – 920-794-5050

Aurora Medical Center in Summit – 262-434-8800

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center – 855-229-0924