Lung Cancer Screening Clinic at UNC

UNC Hospitals and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center offer a state-of-the-art lung cancer screening clinic. Eligible patients can have a consultation and scan on the same day, and typically receive results within 24 hours.

Annual low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening is now covered by insurance, including Medicare and most private insurers, for eligible patients.  Recently, a large study found that screening for lung cancer with LDCT helped to catch some cancers early enough to save lives.  However, like all screening tests, there are some trade-offs, and patients must decide for themselves whether or not the benefits outweigh the risks. 

Because deciding whether or not to be screened is a complex decision, Medicare requires that eligible patients have a shared-decision making visit with their doctor before a screen can be performed.  In one of it's many efforts to ensure that patients receive world-class care, UNC HealthCare supports a screening clinic, led by pulmonologist Dr. M. Patricia Rivera.  The clinic is located at Meadowmont, a UNC clinic located less than a five minute drive from the main hospital.  Patients referred to the clinic speak with Dr. Rivera and the clinic's Nurse Practitioner, Jayne Camporeale, one-on-one as they review the possible risks and benefits of being screened.  The patient's personal risk factors are taken into account as Dr. Rivera, the Nurse Practitioner, and the patient work together to reach a decision.

Patients choosing to be screened can have the exam performed that same day at the Imaging & Spine Center, located conveniently across the street from the Meadowmont Clinic. The LDCT scan is read in real time by a dedicated chest radiologist and results are reported directly to Dr. Rivera.  Patients return to Meadowmont immediately following their screen to go over results.  If results require additional follow-up, Dr. Rivera is there with the patient every step of the way, answering questions, explaining results, and providing support.

Additionally, smoking cessation counseling is available during the clinic visit. Patients who are currently smoking and interested in quitting will meet with the Smoking Cessation Counselor, Susan Trout, to determine treatment options for cessation.