Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lung cancer screenings available for patients at high risk

The National Lung Screening Trial confirmed that screening people who are at high risk for lung cancer with annual low-dose CT of the chest saves lives. The trial found a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer versus people screened with a chest X-ray.

Loyola recently started a Lung Cancer Screening program. The recommended screening for lung cancer involves an annual low-dose CT scan. You should consider getting screened if you are between the ages of 55 to 80 and have smoked an average of one pack a day for 30 years and are currently smoking, or if you quit within the past 15 years. Others who should consider getting screened are people between the ages of 50-80 who have smoked an average of one pack a day for 20 years and have another risk factor for lung cancer, not including secondhand smoke.

Do you want to quit smoking? Call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, a free service, at (866) Quit-Yes.

To arrange for a screening, please call Loyola at (708) CAN-HELP/(708) 226-4357.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 25 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.