Posted by boston.com November 22, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Carol Kerbaugh:
As the first hospital in New England and one of the only programs in the nation to offer a free low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening program, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is hosting a seminar on November 22 to share best practices. Program leaders will provide healthcare administrators, clinicians and executives with information on how to develop and implement this life-saving screening program for high-risk patients.
Lung cancer kills more Americans annually than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined, and according to the National Lung Screening Trial, LDCT lung screening could prevent at least one in five lung cancer deaths in a high-risk population and save 12,000 lives every year.
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington began its free LDCT lung screening program in January 2012. Since then, the hospital has screened over 1,600 patients with results similar to those reported in the National Lung Screening Trial, which revealed that participants who received LDCT scans had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than participants who received standard chest X-rays.
Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital, also members of Lahey Health, began
offering free, LDCT lung screenings to qualifying high-risk patients this November.
WHO: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center speakers include:
Dr. Paul Hesketh, Director of the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center
Dr. Andrea McKee, Chair of Radiation Oncology and director of the hospital's Rescue Lung, Rescue Life program
Patti Doyle, Director of Diagnostic Imaging
WHEN: November 22, 2013
“Rescue Lung, Rescue Life: Development of a responsible, equal access, LDCT lung screening program” presented by Dr. Andrea McKee, Chair of Radiation Oncology
8:40 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
41 Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01805
For the full seminar agenda and information on registration, visit http://www.lahey.org/ldctscreeningseminar/.
For media inquiries, please contact Carol Kerbaugh at email@example.com or at 617-933-5276.