2019 REACH Grant Recipients
Cone Health – Lung Cancer Screening
The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (LCI) has awarded an Access Grant to Cone Health Cancer Center. The $10,000 access grant will support Cone Health’s efforts to increase access to lung cancer screenings in Guilford County for high-risk, uninsured individuals, between the ages of 55 and 80 years old through October 2020.
“Cone Health is committed to lung cancer screening which saves lives,” said Christine Brannock, oncology outreach manager at the Cone Health Cancer Center. “This generous access grant will directly support screening for underserved members of our community.”
Cone Health Cancer Center will offer a free lung cancer screening clinic with a medical oncologist, pulmonologist and radiologist for high-risk men and women within the North Carolina community who are uninsured. A high-risk patient is someone who has smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years. After a high-risk patient is referred to the clinic, physicians will discuss the risks and benefits of low-dose lung cancer screening to decide if participants fall within the recommended guidelines.
“The access grant program is designed to support community partners in improving access for uninsured or underinsured individuals to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical research, comprehensive biomarker testing and precision medicine,” said Paige Humble, Lung Cancer Initiative Executive Director. “We’re so pleased to award Cone Health Cancer Center this grant to support their efforts in reducing disparities between insured and uninsured high-risk individuals within Guilford County.”