St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck is the recipients of a grant from the North Dakota Cancer Coalition. The grant will support the implementation of a pilot program for adult lung cancer patients receiving cancer treatment at St. Alexius’ Heart & Lung Clinic. The program will implement a structured psychosocial distress screening, effective patient navigation services and a comprehensive survivorship care plan. Funding for this grant is made available from the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the North Dakota Department of Health.
Lung cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in North Dakota. For 2013, the American Cancer Society’s estimates about 228,190 new cases of lung cancer (118,080 in men and 110,110 in women). In addition, an estimated 159,480 deaths from lung cancer (87,260 in men and 72,220 among women), accounting for about 27 percent of all cancer deaths. Through prevention and early detection the number of people who die from lung cancer will be significantly reduced.
To learn more about the North Dakota Cancer Coalition, please visit the Coalition’s website.