Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center Designated as Center of Excellence for Lung Cancer Screening 10/17/2013
Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is now designated as a Center for Lung Cancer Screening Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA). The Cancer Center is the first and only center in Louisiana to receive this recognition, which acknowledges organizations adhering to LCA’s quality standards, referred to as the National Framework for Excellence.
“Screening those at high risk now will dramatically make a difference and increase survival for the number one cause of cancer death in Louisiana. Screening also opens the door to much faster advances in research for all stages of lung cancer,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president & CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance. “We applaud the efforts of Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. They are leaders in the lung cancer screening field and have put the needs of those at risk first and foremost. We commend them.”
While lung cancer continues to be the most common cause of cancer death in Louisiana, the good news is that the disease is 80 to 90 percent curable when caught early, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. To help enhance early detection and treatment efforts in the state and across the nation, LCA released its National Framework for Excellence in 2011 to ensure cancer centers are:
utilizing quality screening methods,
employing recommended criteria for selecting high-risk individuals for screening and educating about risks and benefits,
and providing evaluation and follow-up with a multidisciplinary team of experts.
“This recognition for our Lung Cancer Screening Clinic confirms our ability to provide the most effective lung cancer detection and rapid, multidisciplinary care if a tumor is detected,” said Dr. Brad Vincent, chair of the Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team (MDC). “It means a great deal to have LCA’s support because it means we’re doing everything possible to fight lung cancer in our community.”
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released a draft recommendation stating smokers between the ages of 55 to 80 who have a history of smoking a pack a day for 30 years or more, as well as those who have quit within the last 15 years, should receive annual screenings for lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan. The Cancer Center’s Lung MDC team spearheaded the launch of the lung screening clinic nearly a year ago. Last summer, in effort to make the screening available to more high-risk individuals, the price for lung screenings was reduced to $99.
The LCA has developed an online tool to help people determine if they are considered a high risk for lung cancer. To access the tool, visit www.AtRiskForLungCancer.org.
A physician referral for a lung screening is not required, but patients should speak with their primary care physician to determine if this screening will be beneficial for them. Most insurance does not cover this cost, so the patient will be fully responsible for the fee at the time of screening. For more information or to make a screening appointment, please call (225) 215-1515.
Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is the most comprehensive cancer center in Louisiana offering patients the convenience of receiving high-quality, advanced care close to home. The Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), a group of competitively selected cancer centers that is developing a national model for community cancer care. Click here to learn more about Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.