Free lung screening program offered at Goshen Health

03/20/2017

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen Health introduces the region's first free lung screening initiative. The screening program focuses on early detection and treatment of lung cancer for individuals at high risk in our community and surrounding area.

“We can detect lung cancer at an earlier stage with this screening.” stated Urs von Holzen, MD, FACS, Director of Thoracic and Minimally Invasive Surgical Oncology, Goshen Center for Cancer Care. “And early detection provides the best possible outcome in the treatment of lung cancer.”

There is a specific criterion that patients must meet to enter the free lung screening program at Goshen Health. If community members are interested in finding out if they qualify, they can contact their healthcare provider or call (574) 364-2400 for more information.

The Goshen Health screening program consists of a low-dose CT scan and a dedicated lung team who will review the results. The scan is a painless, 10-second procedure that provides a detailed image of the chest. A nurse practitioner who specializes in pulmonology will follow up with each patient to provide recommendations and/or a treatment plan.

“The low-dose CT scan provides a clearer image, that shows smaller abnormalities in the lungs, than the traditional chest X-ray,” stated Dr. von Holzen. “This means that our team can detect the disease at a stage where symptoms are not yet evident and treatment is most successful.”

“We believe that this screening will help us save lives in our community,” stated Randy Christophel, President and CEO, Goshen Health. “We are investing in this program because it enhances our ability to detect lung cancer at a much earlier stage allowing for more effective treatment options. Our mission is to improve the health of our communities and by providing this service at no cost we feel we can make an immediate impact.”

Smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer. Across the United States, it is linked to nearly 90 percent of all lung cancer cases. Elkhart County has approximately 200,000 residents and 23.4 percent of the residents smoke. According to the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST) there is strong evidence that early screening for lung cancer in high-risk individuals reduces lung cancer-related mortality by 20%.
 
More information about the screening program can be found at GoshenLungScreening.com.

 
To arrange an interview, please contact Melanie Verburg at (574) 364-2776, (574) 238-4556 or mverburg@goshenhealth.com.

About Goshen Health:
Goshen Health is an award-winning health system that is recognized locally and nationally for its innovation, excellence in patient care and Colleague workplace satisfaction. The organization has achieved these honors by taking a values-driven approach to health care, focusing on compassion, accountability, respect and excellence in every endeavor.

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