New Hope in the Fight against Lung Cancer

On Tuesday, June 30th over 40 health care professionals participated in a Lung Cancer Screening Summit. The overarching goal of the Summit was to bring together key individuals and organizations to begin to define what the lung cancer screening system should look like to meet the needs of New Hampshire residents.

Dr. William Black provided an overview of the development of lung cancer screenings, and shared Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s experience in setting up their system. Dr. Taylor Ortiz shared Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s experience to date, as well. The final speakers were members of the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration Shared Decision-Making Task Force, Dr. Rudy Fedrizzi of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, Regina Flynn of the Bureau of Population Health & Community Services and David Nalepinski of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

The Task Force shared their work with the NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to date, the importance of shared decision-making and asked for ideas and recommendations for trainings and resources from those who were present.

The final activity was a brainstorming session; participants were asked to share what they felt the next steps needed to be to continue this work.

Recommendations included holding quarterly meetings, standardizing tools and resources, attending a training workshop in shared decision-making, receiving ongoing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updates, having an opportunity to provide input into CMS rulemaking and finally, to continue to work together to develop an effective lung cancer screening system for NH.

This Summit was funded by a Cancer Plan implementation award from NH CCC to the American Lung Association of the Northeast (ALANE). ALANE planned and sponsored the Summit.