CentraState earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation


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The American College of Radiology (ACR), a national organization that sets quality standards for imaging technologies, has designated CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, a Lung Cancer Screening Center.

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that are committed to practicing safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

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The Comprehensive Lung Care Program at CentraState, in conjunction with Freehold MR Assoc., offers low-dose CT screenings, using state-of-the-art 64 and 128 slice CT scans, to those individuals considered at high risk for developing lung cancer and who meet certain criteria. CT scans have an advantage over chest X-rays for lung cancer screening because they can detect cancer at its earliest stages, including tumors that are only 1 centimeter. In fact, from 2013 to present, 558 people were screened through this program and 14 of those screened were diagnosed with lung cancer. It’s important to note that early detection of lung cancer can increase the five-year survivorship rate by 20 percent. For more information about the lung cancer screenings offered at CentraState, call 855-411-CANCER or visit centrastate.com/lungscreening.

CentraState received this elite distinction because it is accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as successfully underwent a rigorous, third-party peer review and assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. CentraState also demonstrated that it has procedures in place for follow-up patient care, including counseling and smoking cessation programs.

“We are honored to have been given this designation by the ACR,” says Barry Asch, assistant vice president, Cancer Care Services, CentraState Healthcare System. “It represents independent verification by a nationally recognized standards-setting organization of our commitment to providing our patients the best possible cancer care — from diagnostics to treatment.”

The Comprehensive Lung Care Program housed within the Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState Medical Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) and is staffed by an outstanding group of diagnostic radiologists and board-certified physicians specializing in thoracic surgery, pulmonology, radiation oncology and medical oncology, and a lung navigator/designated nurse practitioner for the lung program. For more information on the lung cancer screenings, the Lung Care Program and all of the cancer services provided at The Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState, call 855-411-CANCER or visit centrastate.com/cancercenter.


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