Friday, November 04, 2022
Corewell Health East expands testing on National Lung Cancer Screening Day Nov. 12
Corewell Health East, the new name for Beaumont Health, is offering additional CT lung cancer screenings on Saturday, Nov. 12, in recognition of National Lung Cancer Screening Day.
“Lung cancer is the deadliest among all cancers,” said Dr. Abdulrazak Alchakaki, pulmonologist, Corewell Health Trenton Hospital and Corewell Health Wayne Hospital, the new names for Beaumont hospitals in Trenton and Wayne. “A lung cancer screening is the only way for early detection and intervention, which is when doctors can help cure the disease.”
The following Corewell Health East locations have additional time slots available dedicated solely to lung cancer screenings on Nov. 12. Patients must schedule an appointment by calling 800-328-8542.
- Corewell Health Farmington Hills Hospital (formerly Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills) 28050 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills, MI 48336
- Corewell Health Taylor Hospital (formerly Beaumont Hospital, Taylor) 10000 Telegraph Road, Taylor, MI 48180
- Corewell Health Wayne Hospital (formerly Beaumont Hospital, Wayne) 33155 Annapolis St., Wayne, MI 48184
- Corewell Health Dearborn Hospital (formerly Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn) 18101 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
- Corewell Health Trenton Hospital (formerly Beaumont Hospital, Trenton) 5450 Fort St., Trenton, MI 48183
- Beaumont Medical Center – Macomb 15959 Hall Road, Macomb, MI 48044
- Beaumont Outpatient Campus – Livonia 39000 W Seven Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152
Abnormal findings on screening tests are mostly benign and not concerning, Dr. Alchakaki said.
“The pulmonologist’s job is to diligently look for alarming features that merit more investigation and testing to better understand the nature of any abnormalities, which we call nodules,” he said.
Patients who meet the guidelines developed by the National Lung Screening Trial and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are eligible for CT lung cancer screening, with an order from a physician.
Criteria must include all of the following:
- age 50 to 80, asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
- have a cigarette smoking history of at least 20 pack years (one pack year = smoking one pack per day for one year; one pack = 20 cigarettes)
- current cigarette smoker or has quit smoking within the last 15 years
If a patient has an abnormal screening, they are referred to the Lung Nodule Clinic where a multidisciplinary team of experts provide early diagnosis and expedited care for lung nodules.
“Our doctors make recommendations and then schedule and monitor follow-up CT scans,” said Leslie Stromberger, RN, nurse navigator, Corewell Health Trenton and Wayne Hospitals. “If a nodule is considered suspicious, we expedite all diagnostic, oncology and surgical appointments to get them to treatment as quickly as possible.”