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Philadelphia Inquirer Articles Highlights the Temple Healthy Chest Initiative’s Success, Features Interviews with Dr. Gerard Criner, Stefanie Murphy, and Patient

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A Philadelphia Inquirer article highlighted the Temple Healthy Chest Initiative’s success in screening more people of color and women for lung cancer. The group, which includes the Temple Lung Center, Temple Health, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Klein College of Media and Communication and the Temple Center for Urban Bioethics, expects to screen at least 4,500 patients this year – with a goal of 10,000 patients a year. The low-dose CT scan can also detect conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, sleep apnea, and osteoporosis. Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of the Temple Lung Center; Stefanie Murphy, Associate Vice President of Marketing at Temple Health; and patient Trudy Clinkscales were interviewed. Trudy’s screening showed a spot on her right lung that turned out to be Stage 1 lung cancer. Doctors were able to eliminate the tumor, which was still in an early stage. She has been in remission since.