FAQ

+ Where is the study located?

The study is held at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre (Floor 7, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9) and at the Vancouver General Hospital - Jim Pattison Pavilion (899 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9)1

+ What are the benefits of chest CT screening?

Lung cancer is normally diagnosed in late stages resulting in a very low 5-year survival rate. However, CT screening often allows the disease to be detected at earlier stages and therefore often results in a more effective treatment.

+ What is the duration of the study?

The study will last for 5 years for most participants unless further follow-up is needed.

+ What occurs during the appointments?

The first appointment includes a questionnaire, a breathing test, and a blood draw (approx. 90 min). The following appointments include a CT scan (approx. 10 min).

+ Will you inform me of my CT scan results?

Yes, we provide all participants a letter of their results approximately one month after their initial scan, with follow-up tests and treatment if needed.

+ What should I do if I cannot attend my booked appointment?

Please call 604.675.8088 or email bclungscreening2015@gmail.com and let us know as soon as possible.

+ Will the results go to my doctor?

Yes, we fax a copy of the results to your family physician.

+ I've quit smoking for a very long time, do you still recommend CT lung screening?

Yes, we do recommend it. While quitting smoking decreases your risk, a history of smoking (even if it has been awhile) increases your odds of developing lung cancer.

+ If I am a non-smoker, but I have been exposed to second-hand smoke, can I still participate?

Participants must be either current or former smokers to enroll, as these are the participants where the benefits outweigh the risks of lung screening.

+ Can I get scanned at a local hospital and send in the results?

Participants must be screened at VGH as a particular systematic screening procedure using low-dose CT scanning is performed.