PHILADELPHIA (March 2, 2015)—Fox Chase Cancer Center has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) – a national advocacy group dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer. The prestigious designation reflects Fox Chase’s ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening within an experienced and multidisciplinary clinical setting.
"We’re proud to be named a Screening Center of Excellence,” says Hossein Borghaei, DO, Chief of Thoracic Medical Oncology and Director of Lung Cancer Risk Assessment at Fox Chase. “Lung cancer can take years to develop, but symptoms do not usually become obvious until the cancer has already grown into late stage and is much harder to treat. That’s why screening those at high risk – like we do at Fox Chase – before symptoms occur, is so important.”
LCA awards this designation to centers that provide clear, evidence-based and up-to-date guidance on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening. Centers must also comply with comprehensive standards for screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and International Early Lung Cancer Action Program.
Lung cancer screening is an approach for detecting tumors and precancerous lesions at the earliest, most treatable stages. The Centers for Medicare & Medicate Services (CMS) approves annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography in adults aged 55 to 77 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
“Screening for lung cancer, carried out safely, efficiently and equitably, saves tens of thousands of lives a year,” says Laurie Fenton Ambrose, LCA President and CEO. “We are proud and honored to be working with Fox Chase Cancer Center. Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow.”
For more information about eligibility and insurance coverage for lung cancer screening and how to access these services, please call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).