STAMFORD, CT/November 17, 2020 – Stamford Health has announced several advancements to its lung cancer program along with renewed recognition from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Advancements include a new Lung Nodule Clinic and new technology to increase accuracy and success in lung cancer diagnosis. These announcements align with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place annually in November.
“Stamford Health is second to none in the detection, early diagnosis, and expert treatment of lung cancer. What sets us apart is our multidisciplinary approach to care and our cutting-edge technology. It is important to realize that lung cancer is treatable, and in many cases, curable,” said Dr. Michael Ebright, Director of Thoracic Surgery at Stamford Health.
First, Stamford Health has once again been designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by ACR. ACR recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. In order to receive this elite designation, facilities must undergo a rigorous assessment of their lung cancer screening protocols and infrastructure. Also required are consistent expert clinical care, as well as a smoking cessation program.
Second, this month marks the launch of Stamford Health’s new Lung Nodule Clinic, which is a comprehensive multidisciplinary program for the detection, monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment of lung nodules. Stamford Health is launching this clinic because more lung nodules are being discovered in the context of lung cancer screening, as well as many other radiology exams patients undergo during routine clinical care. This program includes pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists specializing in the management of lung nodules according to evidence-based guidelines. The physicians at Stamford Health also utilize the latest technology and participate in many clinical trials.
Finally, Stamford Hospital is the first in Connecticut to offer Illumisite™ technology – a minimally invasive image guidance tool used for lung biopsies and surgical targeting. The Illumisite™ platform is a first of its kind technology that has several benefits, including more accurate and successful lung cancer diagnosis. Illumisite™ facilitates more efficient diagnosis and staging of lung cancer, which allows doctors to initiate treatment faster.
“I am so proud of the entire team at Stamford Health for working hard to advance our lung cancer screening and diagnosis programs,” said Kathleen Silard, President & CEO of Stamford Health. “These advancements are a testament to our commitment to our patients, and the proven success of a full, integrated team approach to patient care,” added Silard.
Stamford Health offers lung screening services at Stamford Hospital on the Bennett Medical Center Campus, the Darien Imaging Center at 6 Thorndal Circle and at Stamford Health’s Tully Health Center at 32 Strawberry Hill Ct. Visit this page to learn more about Stamford Health’s lung screening services and this page to learn about the Commit to Quit smoking cessation program.
About Stamford Health
Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,500 employees committed to compassionately caring for the community and offering a wide range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families can rely on comprehensive person-centered care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 40 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation.
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