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Lung Cancer Alliance Congratulates 75 Medical Centers For Moving Swiftly And Responsibly On Lung Cancer Screening

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) applauded over 75 medical centers nationwide that have announced they will begin lung screening for those at risk as part of their continuum of multi-disciplinary care for lung cancer.

This effort comes on the heels of scientific validation of the mortality benefit of low-dose computed tomography (CT) to detect early lung cancer as well as recently released cost-benefit actuarial analysis showing that the costs of lung cancer screening are comparable or lower than the cost of other screenable cancers today.  

"Not only do consumers have the right to know if they are at risk for lung cancer, but where they can find responsible, safe, effective, and compassionate care that follows best practices and guiding principles -- now", said Laurie Fenton-Ambrose, LCA President & CEO. 

"These doctors and medical centers must be congratulated for not waiting – but rather acting swiftly and responsibly to help address the questions, concerns and needs of the lung cancer community," she said.

Fenton-Ambrose continued: "Thousands of lives are at stake and these institutions are paving the way forward, and aligning their efforts with our recently issued National Framework for Lung Screening Excellence and its Continuum of Care (National Framework).  We say – Bravo!"

The LCA National Framework, launched earlier this month, is first of a kind guidance for both consumers at risk as well as sites offering care. It lays out a bill of rights for the at-risk public and guiding principles for lung cancer screening sites.

These sites have committed to provide clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening, and to comply with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

Sites now offering lung screening within this framework include:

Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center Berkeley, CA
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
Atlantic Health Summit, NJ
Atlantic Medical Imaging Galloway, NJ
Baptist Hospital Jacksonville, FL
Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas Dallas, TX
Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School Brookline, MA
Buford Road Imaging Richmond, VA
CBNS, City University of New York at Queens College Flushing, NY
Central Maine Medical Center Lewiston, ME
Chesterfield Imaging Midlothian, VA
Chippenham Hospital Richmond, VA
Clearview Cancer Institute Huntsville, AL
Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program of Continuum Cancer Centers of New York, NY
Dana Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA
Duke University Raleigh-Durham, NC
Eisenhower Luci Curci Cancer Center Rancho Mirage, CA
Emory University Hospital Atlanta, GA
Florida Hospital Orlando, FL
Florida Radiation Oncology Group, FL
Franklin Square Hospital Center Baltimore, MD
Ft. Walton Beach Hospital Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Georgetown University Hospital Washington, DC
Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland Baltimore, MD
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center Panama City, FL
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Tampa, FL
Harbor Hospital Baltimore, MD
HCA Virginia Health System Appomattox Imaging Colonial Heights, VA
Henrico Doctor's Hospital Richmond, VA
Holy Cross Hospital Silver Springs, MD
Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
Independence Park Imaging Richmond, VA
Jackson Memorial Hospital Sylvester Cancer Center Miami, FL
James Graham Brown Cancer Center Louisville, KY
John Randolph Medical Center Hopewell, VA
Johnston-Willis Hospital Richmond, VA
Jupiter Medical Center Jupiter, FL
Lahey Clinic Burlington, MA
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX
MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, FL
Mercy Medical Center Garden City, NJ
Montgomery General Hospital Olney, MD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine NY, NY
Nebraska Methodist Omaha, NE
New Jersey Atlantic Health Morristown, NJ
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Newark, NJ
Norwalk Hospital Norwalk, CT
Parham's Doctors' Hospital Richmond, VA
Retreat Doctors' Hospital Richmond, VA
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Rush University Chicago, IL
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Fredericksburg, VA
St. Joseph Health Center St. Charles, MO
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Phoenix, AZ
St. Joseph's Hospital Atlanta, GA
St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids, IA
St. Mary's Hospital Leonardtown, MD
Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA
Steeplechase Cancer Center Somerville, NJ
Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Miami, FL
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Tallahassee, FL
The Center for Prevention and Treatment St. Joseph's Hospital Orange, CA
The Phoenix VA Health Care System Phoenix, AZ
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
The University of Toledo Medical Center Toledo, OH
UCLA Health System Los Angeles, CA
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA
Union Memorial Hospital Baltimore, MD
University of Florida Shands Jacksonville, FL
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center Pittsburgh, PA
UNMC Eppley Cancer Center at The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Hospital Los Angeles, CA
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC
Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC
Wellstar Health System Marietta, GA
Yale Cancer Center New Haven, CT  

For more information on lung cancer screening go to LCA's website:

Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA),, is committed to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education and support. LCA provides live, real time support, referral and information services for patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns; and advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research.

Media Contact:
Kay Cofrancesco
Direct: 202-742-1422
Mobile: 302-521-5716

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