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North Country Hospital Earns Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation

Friday, November 13, 2015
Newport, Vermont October 27, 2015 — North Country Hospital has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening is able to detect lung cancer before the onset of symptoms. Typically with lung cancer, by the time a person has symptoms, the cancer is fairly progressed and more difficult to treat. “Preventing Lung cancer by diagnosing it early when it is potentially treatable, makes a huge difference in patient outcomes,” said Veronika Jedlovszky, MD, Pulmonologist at North Country Hospital. “The rate of 5-year survival or cure increases significantly when you are able to detect the cancer early and in a manageable stage.”

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

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