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Implementing a Viable Lung Cancer Screening Program – Part 1

by Cassling on Jul 28, 2016

Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screenings are growing in popularity, with hundreds (if not thousands) of hospitals in the consideration or initial stages of program implementation.  

Implementing a successful lung cancer screening program takes a coordinated effort. In our four part video blog series, Leslie Ciancibello, RT, R, CT, from the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, discusses key elements required to design a successful program and shares lessons learned.


The Need for Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer only has a 5 year survival rate of 16 percent and causes more deaths than colon, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancer combined. Even though these numbers can seem daunting—early stage 1 lung cancers have an 80 percent chance of cure—and the key is finding it early.

 

Timeline of Implementing a Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program

Leslie Ciancibello discusses the timeline of implementing the lung cancer screening program at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center—from the first lung screen performed to the first lung cancer diagnosis. Most organizations should allow 12 months for planning and execution.


Read part two of our blog series to learn about factors that impact LDCT lung cancer screening program volume and inclusion/exclusion criteria.

 

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Founded in 1984, Cassling is an Advanced Partner with Siemens Healthineers. As a family-owned company, we're dedicated to strengthening healthcare in local communities.

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