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Published on August 11, 2011

Mercy Cancer Care Offering Free Lung Cancer CT Screenings

National study reports reduction in lung cancer deaths among those screened with CT

West Philadelphia, PA - Mercy Cancer Care at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in West Philadelphia and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby and are continuing to offer free Lung Cancer screening programs to the community. Individuals who have a long smoking history could qualify for the screening program, which involves a non-invasive, low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan.  

Lung cancer, which is primarily caused by cigarette smoking, is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The majority of cases aren’t detected until symptoms appear. New studies have shown that low-dose CT scans can detect lung cancers at relatively early stages and reduce lung cancer deaths among smokers.

Additionally, a report published by the National Lung Screening Trial in the June 30 New England Journal of Medicine, shows a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer among study participants screened with CT versus those screened with a chest X-ray.

There is a limited number of these screenings being performed at no cost to the patient.  They will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. The test takes less than five minutes to perform.

At this time, Mercy Cancer Care is the only program in the Philadelphia area that is offering free low dose CT lung screening studies – normally a several hundred dollar cost to patients. The lung cancer screening is just one of many community outreach initiatives that provide free healthcare opportunities and education to the communities.

Mercy Cancer Care Lung Screening is limited to qualified individuals. Insurance is not required to qualify. An individual can call Central Scheduling to determine whether they qualify for the program. Call:
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital – 215.748.9117
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital – 610.237.2525.

The hospitals offer comprehensive services in the treatment of lung cancer, including early detection through advanced diagnostics and care provided by experts in pulmonary medicine, hematology oncology, thoracic surgery and radiation therapy. Cancer care navigators are also available to provide care coordination and support for patients and their families and caregivers.

In December, 2010, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to Mercy Cancer Care at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals. CoC accreditation is only given to facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

A facility receives a Three-Year Approval following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

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