Northside once again awarded national lung cancer distinction

Northside Hospital in Atlanta has earned The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval® for Lung Cancer Disease-Specific Care (DSC) Certification for a third consecutive survey.
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is Georgia's largest cancer network. According to Dr. Howard Silverboard, pulmonologist and physician lead for Northside’s Lung Cancer DSC Program, “This recognition is a remarkable testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire lung cancer team, consisting of surgeons, pulmonologists, specialized nursing care, nurse navigators, respiratory therapists and rehabilitation therapists."
Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, making up almost 25% of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

“The vast majority of patients don’t show up to see a doctor until the cancer is advanced stage and there’s significantly limited amounts of things we can do at that point,” said Dr. Silverboard. “Screening for early detection is key in improving the odds in the fight against lung cancer.”

Northside also has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a High Performing hospital for Lung Cancer Surgery.


Northside Hospital Cancer Institute offers a comprehensive continuum of lung cancer care – from low-dose computer tomography lung cancer screening and other diagnostic procedures to detect lung cancer to a full range of treatment options including minimally invasive robotic and advanced technologies that yield some of the most successful results in the country.
Northside also embraces molecular-based treatment, which targets individual genetic mutations in order to spare healthy cells and reduce side effects, and provides a wide array of supportive care services.
TJC Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The certification recognizes organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for lung cancer.

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