In 2018, roughly 1,311 people in Stanislaus County faced a lung cancer diagnosis. Memorial Medical Center saw a mere 175 cases in 2017, but could have accommodated up to 264 cases in our facility. Sadly, this disease is projected to grow by 12% in the next five years.
Funding a lung cancer program would help provide early detection and better outcomes for those with a lung cancer diagnosis in our community — including the many cases that are being missed out of sheer need for more resources. Your support will help fund a shortage of radiologists, education such as smoking cessation classes and the ongoing training of our valuable educators, and equipment such as a "6 degrees of freedom couch", designed to deliver advanced radiation therapy with high accuracy due to additional axes of rotation.
It will also help fund a CT scanner that will provide greater access to all patients needing lung screenings. Housed in existing shelled space in Turlock and in partnership with Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, the scanner will help create greater capacity to help identify and treat patients earlier for better outcomes. A true investment in our community, your gift will provide access to a currently underserved area of the county and will lay the foundation for cancer innovation in the south valley.