Lung Cancer Alliance established and provides guidance to a growing network of more than 600 Screening Centers of Excellence (SCOE) in community–based and academic settings across the country committed to responsible, high-quality screening practices within a continuum of care.
SCOEs adhere to guiding principles and best practices:
- Provide clear information on the risks and benefits of CT screening through a shared decision-making process.
- Comply with standards based on best published practices for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures.
- Work with a lung cancer multidisciplinary clinical team to carry out a coordinated process for screening, follow up and treatment when appropriate.
- Include a comprehensive cessation program for those still smoking or refer to comprehensive cessation programs.
- Report results to those screened and their referring provider and transmit requested copies in a timely manner.
- Have received or intend to receive designation as a lung cancer screening program through the American College of Radiology.
- Submit to an annual SCOE application and designation process to ensure adherence to best practices.
- Participate in the national SCOE data collection program to continuously refine best practices, increase adherence, and monitor outcomes and incidental findings to accelerate innovative research.
We provide the SCOE network with ongoing technical assistance, networking and training, including participation in the annual National Lung Cancer Screening & Care Conference. In addition, members of the SCOE network have access to free educational materials and support services for at risk individuals and those who have been diagnosed.