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Lung Cancer Screening Program At Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Poised To Catch Lung Cancer At An Earlier, More Treatable Stage

12/04/2014

Lung Patient Navigator Coordinates Further Diagnostic Care Services

(NEWARK, NJ – November, 2014) Each year, lung cancer kills more Americans than all other cancers combined. This is especially true in underserved communities with limited access to medical care. The Lung Cancer Screening Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) provides access to care, education and early diagnosis. A lung screening at NBIMC, using low dose Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan, can take as little as 15 minutes from the start of the test. That could be the time it takes to save a life.

NBIMC Lung Screening
NBIMC Lung Health Work Group Gathered around the state-of-the-art GE 64 slice low-dose CT scanner
L to R: Steven Parmett, MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology, Michael Connelly R. T. ( R ) BSBA-HCM, Administrative Director of Radiology, Haywood S. Barnes III, Lung Cancer Screening Program Patient Navigator, Pratik Patel, MD, FCCP, Director of Interventional Pulmonology, Thiruvengadam Anandarangam, MD, Medical Staff Vice President, Jeremy Green, MD, Chief of Ultrasound and Body MR, Co-Chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging, and Ravindra Karanam, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Barnabas Heart and Lung Center.

Working together to win the fight against lung cancer, a multidisciplinary team of NBIMC radiologists, pulmonologists, a cardiothoracic surgeon, along with the lung program patient navigator, are going out into the community to build awareness and encourage those who may be at high risk to undergo the painless, non-invasive test. "Prevention and wellness are key to a healthy lifestyle," said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health. He continued, "The incidence of lung cancer is prevalent in our community. It is vital to be tested if you fall into the categories where there is heightened risk for lung cancer."

Early diagnosis is an important part of addressing lung cancer yet only 15 percent of cases are diagnosed early. Unfortunately African Americans are more likely to develop lung cancer than any other population group. "We are excited about NBIMC's Lung Cancer Screening Program as the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it will approve CT lung cancer screening for Medicare recipients" states Steven Parmett, MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology at NBIMC, "This decision will help us identify lung cancer at an early, very treatable stage, with the ability to increase survival rate for our patients by over 20%."

The team works to ensure that if lung screening indicates further testing is needed, the patient along with his referring physician has the appropriate care lined up whether it is a cancer specialist at the Frederick B. Cohen Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center or a surgical specialist from the Barnabas Health Heart and Lung Center at NBIMC. The patient navigator facilitates the education, appointment scheduling, works out transportation challenges and coordinates any additional diagnostic services needed.

In order to undergo a screening, you must be: 55 to 74 years of age; a smoker with at least 30 packs-year smoking history; or a former smoker. Appointments are made by calling 973-926-7497.

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In order to undergo a screening, you must be:

1) 55 to 74 years of age, and
2) a smoker with at least 30 packs-year smoking history or a former smoker

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Program
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, please call
Department of Radiology
201 Lyons Ave., B2
Newark, NJ 07112
Lung Cancer Screening Program Navigator
973-926-7497
Fax: 973-282-0911
E-mail: hbarnes@barnabashealth.org

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.org

Children's Hospital of New Jersey
Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. CHoNJ is home to the state's largest NICU with the only ECMO unit. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 973-926-4446.

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