Meet your Centura lung navigator

March 8, 2023
Dedication of the Mary Jane Voelker Living Legacy Courtyard, Hosted by St. Mary-Corwin Hospital Foundation

Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer-related death among men and women, and second leading cause of cancer in the United States. The primary risk factor is smoking, which is linked to up to 85% of lung cancers in the US. 

Cori Baxter, RN, OCN, who carries the title “lung navigator” at the Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary Corwin Hospital, is helping to put a dent in this deadly disease. She assists patients with screening, smoking cessation programs, support, and post-treatment care.  

“Lung cancer is the third highest diagnosis at the Dorcy Cancer Center behind breast and prostate cancer,” she says. “What most people don’t know is that there is an effective screening to catch lung cancer at its earliest stages when it is most treatable.”  

The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT), which has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths by as much as 20%, according to the National Lung Screening Trial. During an LDCT, an X-ray machine uses a low dose of radiation to make detailed images of your lungs. The scan only takes a few minutes and is not painful. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly lung cancer screening for people who: 

  • Have a 20 pack-year or more smoking history 

  • Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years 

  • Are between 50 and 80 years old 

Am I eligible for lung cancer screening?

If you are a current or former smoker over the age of 50, you could meet the high-risk eligibility criteria for screening. In order to qualify for screening, patients need to have a referral from their health care provider. Screenings are available at the Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital, a comprehensive cancer treatment program located in Pueblo. 

The Dorcy Cancer Center offers state-of-the art technology, the most advanced treatments, and leading oncology physicians all in one place, making cancer treatment easier and more efficient for patients and their families. 

Early detection is key to successful treatment of lung cancer, according to Baxter. “The Dorcy Cancer Center is unique in that our staff is incredibly experienced in treating all types of cancer,” she says. “Aiming for the best possible outcomes, they are also incredibly passionate and compassionate toward our patients.”

Centura Health offers screenings, accurate diagnoses, and comprehensive treatment for lung and other cancers. Visit for more information.