In order to receive this distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of their lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.
“The Lung Cancer Screening Program gives our community convenient access to exceptional cancer care, should they need it,” said Tim O’Brien, CEO at Mountainside Medical Center. “This designation reinforces our commitment to provide quality services while maintaining a consistent approach to patient care.”
Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans and appropriate follow-up care significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years old who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer — taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.