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Saint Luke’s Hospital to Offer New Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program
Date:11/18/2013

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) November 18, 2013

Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and claims more lives than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Early detection dramatically improves treatment outcomes but often early stages of lung cancer go undetected thus increasing the need for comprehensive screenings for high risk patients. Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, in conjunction with the Saint Luke’s Thoracic Center and the Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute, is launching a new lung cancer screening program designed to offer the greatest level of screening expertise, speed of diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment if necessary.

The latest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer receive annual low-dose CT scans to improve early detection rates. The Saint Luke’s lung cancer screening program is designed to not only meet but exceed those guidelines and differs from other programs in the region in several important ways.

“One of the key differences with the Saint Luke’s Lung Cancer Screening Program centers on the level of expertise and specialization of the radiologists reading the CT scans,” said Melissa Rosado de Christenson, M.D., thoracic radiologist. “Our patients’ diagnostic images will be read by highly trained and experienced thoracic radiologists which means they are being evaluated by experts in the field who only read chest imaging studies. These radiologists have the highest level of knowledge and expertise and because of this, they are most qualified to evaluate and identify potential health problems.”

When a patient completes their lung cancer screening, that scan is immediately read by the thoracic radiologist who then sits down to personally discuss the individual patient’s results and answer any questions the patient may have. In fact, the patient has the opportunity to view thei
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