From the November 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
HCB News: How do you recruit eligible patients and collaborate with PCPs and other referring physicians to refer patients for the program?
The team regularly visits medical practices and referring physicians whose patient populations include a high number of smokers, to provide education and promote the screening program. We present at local meetings like the Rotary or Lions Club; we conduct outreach at events like the county fair and festivals; and we exhibit at health fairs and industrial parks. Our goal is to get out into the community to reach the highest risk patients, including those in lower socioeconomic groups.
HCB News: How many patients have you served through the program, how many lung cancers have you found, and what stages are they? What impact are you making in terms of earlier detection of lung cancer?
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Since we opened the clinic, we’ve screened nearly 2,500 patients and found 53 cases with pathologically proven lung cancer. Thanks to the screenings, we also discovered nine other potentially deadly cancers, including esophageal, kidney, adrenal, transverse colon, abdominal, and lymphoma. In 2018, the cancer detection rate for our lung cancer screening program was nearly three percent. And the incidence of stage four cancer was just 36 percent in 2018 as compared to the national average of 44 percent. Many times, our patients think that when we catch cancer, it’s too late. But if we catch it when it’s small, it's not too late. We can make a difference.
WHERE TO LEARN MORE
Read Early Detection Matters on the ACR website for a complete profile of Dr. Parikh’s lung cancer screening clinic in Jackson, Michigan. And gain further actionable insights from other Imaging 3.0 lung cancer screening case studies about lung cancer screening.
In addition, the ACR offers a wealth of resources for safe, effective lung cancer screening, including the latest research, toolkits, webinars, and key patient information. Back to HCB News