MN Lung Cancer Screening Task Force

Task Force Mission Statement: Decrease lung cancer mortality in Minnesota through increased screening. View current screening eligibility criteria here.

It all started in 2017 with the Minnesota Cancer Alliance’s MN Cancer Plan and a newly formed partnership between A Breath of Hope, ACS, and ALA, the three organizations that hosted the first meetings. 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.

Today, 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. More than 28 healthcare organizations send their doctors, nurses, and screening experts to our meetings to share ideas for overcoming patient barriers and program challenges, as well as to celebrate system successes. 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 for an increased five-year survival rate.

2021 MINNESOTA LUNG CANCER SCREENING TASK FORCE MEETING (for healthcare professionals interested in improving early detection of lung cancer in Minnesota – both physical and virtual options are available)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 | 7 AM – 1 PM (Sessions run 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. with a one-hour networking breakfast and lunch on either side)

WESTIN GALLERIA EDINA (Virtual option available at the registration link, unlimited)

Sessions include:

  • Sharing successes in overcoming patient and system barriers to screening.
    • A panel of experts from Minnesota’s largest healthcare organizations, including Moderator Dr. Anuja Sharma, and the following:
      • Abbie Begnaud, MD, University of MN
      • Andrew Burgdorf, MD, Allina Health
      • Anne Melzer, MD, Minneapolis VA Hospital
      • Jonathan Hovda, MD, Minnesota Lung Center
      • Jennifer Dobbs, Screening Program Manager, Essentia Health
      • Sean Stoy, MD, North Memorial Health
  • Women & Lung Cancer: Addressing rising cases among women (partnering with OBGYN to increase screening)
    • Presented by Stephanie Delkoski, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative, University of Minnesota.

    • Patricia Rivera, MD, ATSF, FCCP, Department of Medicine. Dr. Rivera is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

Every healthcare organization in Minnesota is invited to the Lung Cancer Screening Task Force meeting on December 3, 2021 at the Westin Galleria Edina. Healthcare professionals from organizations all across the state will gather to identify strategies and collaborate to save lives.

December 2021 Sponsors: Our deepest thanks to the generous sponsors who help make this important meeting for healthcare professionals possible: Genentech, MN Cancer Alliance, MN Oncology, Grail and Medtronic!

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2021 Steering Committee: Abbie Begnaud, MD, University of MN; Andrew Burgdorf, MD, Allina; Angela Fabbrini, Mpls VA Health Care System; Anne Melzer, MD, MS, Mpls VA Health Care System; Anuja Sharma, MD, Allina; Arek Dudek, MD, PhD, Health Partners; Jennifer Dobbs, Essentia Health; Jonathan Hovda, MD, MBA, MN Lung Center; Matt Flory, American Cancer Society; Nancy Torrison, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation; Sandra Japuntich, PhD, Hennepin Healthcare; Teri Kast, AOCNS, retired; and patient representative Curt Anderson.

Additional information: Case Study by Sanford Medical Center