TAMPA — Moffitt Cancer Center is receiving a $1.6 million grant it will use for lung cancer screening.
The grant comes to the Moffitt Cancer Center Thoracic Oncology Department from Florida’s James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program and will help fund Moffitt’s comprehensive lung screening program.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force approved guidelines recommending low-dose CT scans annually for older smokers. The grant will fund that program for three years.
The award will be carried out under the direction of a Community Advisory Committee and 10 Moffitt staff members. It will also help provide a more comprehensive blood and plasma data bank for future research.
To schedule a CT screening, call (888) MOFFITT or visit moffitt.org/lungscreening. Insurance coverage for the screening varies. Without insurance, the scan is $150.