Published on August 13, 2014

Mercy Philadelphia Designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center

West Philadelphia, PA (August 13, 2014): Mercy Philadelphia has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This new designation recognizes Mercy Philadelphia’s commitment to providing quality lung screening services to patients at the highest risk for lung cancer.

“For individuals at most risk of acquiring the disease, lung cancer screenings are the most effective way to identify abnormalities at earlier stages when treatment and survival are most possible,” says  Oleg Teytelboym, MD, Cancer Imaging Specialist.  “Being designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center demonstrates our commitment to the highest level of quality care and assures our patients that they will receive life-saving exams safely and efficiently.”

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program recognizing facilities that are committed to practicing safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.  In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in Computed Tomography (CT) of the chest, undergo rigorous assessments of their lung cancer screening protocols and infrastructures, and have defined procedures in place for follow-up patient care, including counseling and smoking cessation programs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer, primarily caused by cigarette smoking, is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Lung cancer screening with the use of low-dose CT, along with appropriate treatment and care, can significantly reduce lung cancer deaths.

Current medical guidelines recommend a yearly screening for current smokers or those who have quit within the past 15 years if they are 55 to 74 years old with a 30-pack year history of smoking or 50 years old or over with a 20-pack year history of smoking and with one or more of the following risk factors: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), radon exposure, self or family history of cancer, and/or occupation exposure to carcinogens, like asbestos.

As part of its Healthy Lung Program, Mercy Philadelphia provides affordable low-dose CT screenings at a self-pay rate of just $99 – significantly less than the normally several hundred dollar fee. The program also offers a comprehensive range of services including: collaboration with radiologists, pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons; oncology nurse navigation with registered nurses who are especially trained in cancer care; as well as education, support groups, and smoking cessation classes.

A physician prescription is required for a CT screening. Talk to your physician today or call 610.237.2525 to make an appointment. To learn more about smoking cessation, call 215.748.9600.