Lakeland Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation
Nov 17, 2014 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This designation covers Lakeland Hospital, Niles; Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet; and the Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph.

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center accreditation recognizes facilities committed to providing quality screening care to patients at the highest risk for lung cancer. According to ACR, lung cancer screening with the use of low-dose computed tomography (CT), along with appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths and is cost effective compared to other major cancer screening programs. Facilities awarded the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation must have an active ACR CT accreditation in the chest module, as well as meet specific equipment, personnel, and imaging protocol requirements.

“Lakeland’s lung cancer screening accreditation demonstrates a strong collaboration and commitment to the provision of quality cancer screening to patients in our communities who are at the highest risk for developing lung cancer,” said Edmund Paloyan, MD, Medical Director of Oncology Services, Lakeland Health.

In December 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. According to the most recent data collected by Lakeland’s Cancer Registry, lung cancer is the third most common type of cancer treated at Lakeland, behind breast and prostate cancers.

“Lung cancer screening in patients at high risk of acquiring the disease is the most effective way to identify tumors and reduce lung cancer deaths” said Ella Kazerooni, MD, chair of the ACR Committee on Lung Cancer Screening. “This ACR program provides for quality assurance that helps facilities consistently ensure the greatest possible lifesaving benefit from these exams and more efficiently put their patients on the path to better health.”

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Lakeland, visit or call (269) 556-2884.

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