Early Detection

Lung Cancer Early Detection

John Muir Health is one of the country’s leading institutes in researching early lung cancer detection techniques when the cancer is most treatable.

John Muir Health has developed its own program for tracking at-risk patients.

To this end, we have been participants in the pioneering International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) since 2007 and have since developed the in-house Pulmonary Nodule Program. This program proactively tracks patients who have received abnormal imaging test results (such as chest x-rays, CT scan or chest CT) and notifies their physicians when those patients need follow-up exams.

With lung cancer being the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, detecting it early is critical for successful treatment. It is important that you see a doctor if you are experiencing certain symptoms or have certain risk factors, such as a history of heavy smoking even if you’ve already quit.

Through our participation in the I-ELCAP early lung cancer detection study, we have been able to detect a patient’s lung cancer before symptoms develop.

To be eligible for participation, you must:

  • Be between 40-80 years old and not be pregnant
  • Currently smoke or have a long history of heavy smoking
  • Have smoked a minimum of 1 pack/day for 10+ years or 2+ packs/day for 5+ years
  • Or have an immediate family member with lung cancer
  • Or have been exposed to radon gas or asbestos
  • Not have new symptoms related to the lungs, but chronic cough or shortness of breath won’t disqualify you, so long as these aren’t recent changes
  • Not have a history of lung cancer or metastases, or cancer of another organ within five years of entry into the study (although non-melanoma skin cancer is okay)
  • Not have had a CT within the prior 24 months

If you meet all of the above criteria and would like to participate, you will:

  • Sign an Informed Consent to participate in the research study
  • Agree to pay the cost of a Low Dose CT for an initial baseline screening, with a minimum of one follow-up annual CT. Each CT is $375. Grant funds may be available for eligible low-income participants to help cover this cost.
  • Research staff will contact your personal physician to order the CT. Your physician will receive the results of the exam to discuss with you.

Please contact us if you are interested participating in the study or want more information: (925) 674-2660.