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Little Company of Mary Hospital Named Screening Center of Excellence

Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of thousands of lives a year.


“We are proud and honored to be working with Little Company of Mary Hospital as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence. Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow,” says LCA President and CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose.


Designated Screening Centers of Excellence are committed to provide clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening, and to comply with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.


“Little Company of Mary Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality care,” said Dr. M. Bassel Atassi, Oncologist at LCMH. “Low dose CT screening has shown to be the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices across the country.”


Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) is one of only 10 hospitals in the state of Illinois to be designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. The screening consists of a low dose CT scan of the lungs to detect lung nodules. The purpose of this program is to screen people who are at high risk for lung cancer so that it can be identified in an early stage when effective treatment and cure are possible. To find out if you are a candidate and to register for this screening, or for more information, please call  Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Health Education Center at 708.423.5774. No doctor’s order is required.              


About LCMH’s Accredited Cancer Center

The Cancer Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), a national gold standard in cancer care. Our team of experts is comprised of board-certified surgeons, a fellowship trained breast surgeon, board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist, and radiation oncologists. Our team of specialists collaborate together to provide patients with the latest medical technologies for diagnosis and treatment options. Little Company of Mary is committed to bringing compassionate state-of-the-art cancer care to the community.


About Lung Cancer Alliance:

Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) is leading non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering people living with or at risk for lung cancer. LCA provides live, professional support, referral and information services to patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns. LCA launched the National Framework for Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care in 2012 and now have over 250 sites committed to the guidelines. The National Framework lays out a bill of rights for the at-risk public and guiding principles for lung cancer screening sites.

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