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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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.