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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.

About lung cancer screening

Annual low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening is now covered by insurance, including Medicare and most private insurers, for eligible patients.

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.

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.

Contact the UNC Early Detection of Lung Cancer Program

Phone: (919) 843-2277

N.C. Basnight Cancer Hospital
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Lung cancer screening at UNC

The UNC Early Detection of Lung Cancer Program is led by thoracic surgeon Jason Long, MD, MPH. The clinic is located at the N.C. Basnight Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.

Patients referred to the clinic speak with Dr. Long and the clinic’s Nurse Navigator, Michelle Ottersbach, 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. Long and the patient work together to reach a decision.

Patients choosing to be screened can have the exam performed at the UNC Imaging & Spine Center. The LDCT scan is read in real time by a dedicated chest radiologist and results are reported directly to Dr. Long.

If results require additional follow-up, Dr. Long is there with the patient every step of the way, answering questions, explaining results, and providing support.

Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Screening Program

Contact: Michelle Ottersbach
Phone: (919) 843-2277
Fax: (919) 966-3475

Multidisciplinary Incidental Pulmonary Nodule Program

Contacts: Kayla Harrelson and Amanda Murray
Phone: (984) 974-0000
Fax: (984) 974-8610

Interventional Pulmonary Consultation

Contacts: Kayla Harrelson and Amanda Murray
Phone: (984) 974-0000
Fax: (984) 974-8610

Thoracic Surgery Consultation

Contact: Sharita Hairston
Phone: (984) 974-0000
Fax:  (984) 974-8610

Smoking cessation counseling

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 to determine treatment options for cessation.