Task Force Mission Statement: Decrease lung cancer mortality in Minnesota through increased screening.
It all started with the Minnesota Cancer Alliance’s MN Cancer Plan. The task force’s work ties directly to objective #4 in the state cancer plan: Increase low-dose CT scan screening among persons at high risk for lung cancer. The Minnesota Lung Cancer Screening Task Force is a collaboration of physicians, nurses, screening experts, and lung cancer advocacy organizations committed to getting eligible Minnesotans screened annually with low dose CT scans. As a collaborative body of healthcare professionals, we work to improve the number of Minnesotans screened for lung cancer and the quality of our programs.
Due to COVID-19, the Minnesota Lung Cancer Screening Meeting has been moved to a virtual format and will be held Friday, January 22, 2021. Registration opens October 15, 2020.
*SNEAK PREVIEW: New Recommendations made by the USPSTF
January 22, 2021 Speakers and Schedule:
|8:00 AM||Meeting hosts: Abbie Begnaud, MD, University of MN and Nancy Torrison – Executive Director, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation
David E. Midthun, MD, Mayo Clinic
|8:30 – 9:30 AM||The Benefits of CT Lung Cancer Screening in ANY System
Andrea McKee, MD – Partner, Radiation Oncology Associates and Chairman of Radiation Oncology, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
|9:30 – 10:30 AM||Lung Cancer Screening in the Urban Setting:
Mary M. Pasquinelli, APRN, FNP-BC – Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, and Allergy at UI Health
|10:30 – 11:30 AM||Lung Cancer Screening in the Rural Setting:
Jed A. Gorden, MD – Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill Campus
|11:30 AM – 12:00 PM||Primary Care and the Low-Dose CT Scan, plus Intro to Online Screening Course (w/CME Credit Instructions):
Celeste T. Worth, MCHES – Director, LuCa National Training Network, University of Louisville
|12:00 PM – 1:00 PM||Small group chat rooms to brainstorm, problem-solve, and chat with colleagues from across Minnesota. Automatic assignment into rooms of eight.|
Steering Committee: Nancy Torrison, ABOHLF; Matt Flory, ACS; Abbie Begnaud, MD, U of MN; Anuja Sharma, MD and Andrew Burgdorf, MD, Allina Health; Arek Dudek, MD, PhD, Health Partners; Angela Fabbrini and Anne Melzer, MD, Minneapolis VA; Karla Provost, Essentia Duluth; and Sandra Japuntich, PhD, HCMC; and patient representatives – Julie Swedberg and Curt Anderson.
Additional information: Case Study by Sanford Medical Center