Supporting The Lung Cancer Screening and Nodule Program
at The Miriam Hospital

Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in both men and women, and it is, by far, the most dangerous. Each year, more people die of lung cancer, than colon, breast, and prostate cancers. . . combined. But, we have the opportunity to change that!

Increasingly, lung cancer is being detected in asymptomatic individuals and in smokers, former smokers, and never smokers who have a chest X-ray or a CT scan for some other medical reason, such as a lung infection. In Rhode Island, almost a quarter of our older population could have a lung nodule detectable on a CT scan. The majority of these nodules are benign. However, it is crucial to accurately diagnose which nodules are benign and which are malignant, since a cancerous nodule, when detected at this early stage, will most likely be cured. Timing and diagnostic evaluation are critical!

When a nodule is discovered, a patient is immediately concerned, or even frightened, and likely won’t know where to turn for reassurance and expert medical care. The fear of the unknown can be overwhelming, and cause anxiety, confusion, and even panic for a patient trying to navigate the system – until now.

This year’s auctions and fund-a-need proceeds will help make the vision of the lung cancer screening and nodule program a reality at The Miriam Hospital. Our multidisciplinary, team-based approach, which will include a nurse navigator, will bring together recognized leaders and care specialists in medical oncology, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, pulmonology, and pathology in the early detection and treatment of lung cancer.

The program will provide the coordinated care and navigation to meet the specific needs of each patient as soon as a potentially cancerous lung nodule is detected. No longer will patients have to navigate the system of scheduling tests and appointments on their own or go to multiple clinics to receive the attention they need. Building on The Miriam’s strengths and resources, the program will help to improve access, reduce patient stress and anxiety, and optimize evaluation, treatment, and recovery.

We are so grateful to our donor community, who continually embraces and supports our culture of providing compassionate care The Miriam Way. This generosity over the years has supported the establishment and expansion of innovative cancer programs, therapies, and research at The Miriam Hospital. This year we need that support more than ever, to help make this vital resource for our community a reality, and take a critical step to advance the early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

To learn more about the lung cancer screening and nodule program at The Miriam Hospital, please contact Holly Ann Palermo by phone at 401-793-2014 or email at hpalermo@lifespan.org.

Leadership Donors

Mr. and Mrs. E. Colby Cameron

Sherry S. Cohen and Mark S. Cohen

Thomas and Susan Guerra

Sheila and Jim Hagan in memory of Dr. Marlene Cutitar

Dianne and Martin Jaffe / The Jeff Hunter Charitable Trust in blessed memory of Bob Jaffe and Alan Gilstein

Marie J. Langlois and John F. Loerke

Nancy and Howard Safran, MD

Sheldon and Joanne Summer

The Warren Alpert Foundation

 

Make a Donation

For more information, please contact Kim Borek at 401-793-2062 or kborek@lifespan.org.