publication date: Mar. 24, 2017

In Brief

Levine Cancer Institute launches first mobile lung CT unit in the U.S.

Levine Cancer Institute launched the first mobile lung computed tomography unit designed to address lung cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival disparities for rural populations across the Carolinas.

The mobile lung unit is the first of itskind to link rural populations to lung cancer education and treatment interventions through integrated mobile technology, traditional treatment facilities and medical staff. Financial barriers and a lack of public transportation are barriers to regular cancer screenings, which are proven essential to early diagnosis, intervention and improved survival.

“This unique vehicle visibly demonstrates our commitment to removing the barriers to care that exist in many of the communities served by Levine Cancer Institute,” said Derek Raghavan, president of Levine Cancer Institute. “The key was to have a truck that was sufficiently robust to go off road if needed. We firmly believe that by taking advanced, low radiation lung cancer screenings to these communities, new lung cancer patients will be diagnosed at an earlier stage and will have access to a broad array of support and treatments.”

Participants will be screened in their community, each receiving detailed information regarding any followup process, along with contact information to resources such as a program coordinator or navigator.

If a patient is identified to have lung cancer, the program then provides them with comprehensive education, clinical intervention, and patient navigators, who are nurses that assist patients through the network of cancer-treatment decisions and fears. Individuals requiring biopsy or other interventions will receive treatment with Levine Cancer Institute or a Carolinas HealthCare System facility regardless of insurance status.


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