Published on May 12, 2022

Lung Cancer Screening Program

Most lung cancer patients are diagnosed in the late stages of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society, and most of them are past or current smokers*. Through its new Lung Cancer Screening Program, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s goal is to screen patients at risk and diagnose lung cancer in the early stages. Early stage detection improves lung cancer treatment options and survival.

Screening Criteria

Under the Medicare-approved criteria, patients are eligible for lung cancer screening if:

  • they are between the ages of 55 and 74
  • have a 30 pack-year history of smoking
  • are currently smoking
  • have quit smoking for less than 15 years

Diagnostic Techniques

If an abnormality is detected through screening, Henry Mayo’s multi-disciplinary team of cancer specialists will determine if the patient has lung cancer utilizing diagnostic biopsy techniques including:

  • endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy
  • CT-guided biopsy (percutaneous)
  • video-assisted thoracoscopy surgery (VATS biopsy)


Our team will determine if the patient has cancer and what stage of cancer. We will then provide patients with treatment options based on best practices.

These treatments include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Photodynamic Therapy

In addition, the multi-disciplinary team will provide cancer patients with education and support services, and will coordinate follow-up care based on national guidelines and established standards of care.

To learn more about the program, please call 661.253.8000 ext. 34306

Tobacco Cessation Program

Lung cancer kills more people than all other cancers combined.

We can help you quit smoking and stop using nicotine products through our individualized tobacco cessation program. You will be assessed and treated privately by a trained tobacco cessation counselor who will meet with you once a week for 30 to 45 minutes, initially. To learn more, call 661.200.1343.

Reviewed by Raychel Stewart on May 12, 2022