Lung Cancer

Jul 15, 2014 Issue
Screening for Lung Cancer: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (CT) in adults 55 to 80 years of age who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years.

Jul 15, 2014 Issue
One in Five Patients Overdiagnosed with Lung Cancer Screening [POEMs]

In patients screened for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), more than 18% of all lung cancers found are slow-growing and will not cause symptoms or harm during an average 6.4 years of follow-up. This risk of overdiagnosis should be part of the discussion regarding whether to screen.

Jul 15, 2014 Issue
Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen for Lung Cancer in High-Risk Populations? Yes: CT-Based Screening Is Complex but Worthwhile [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

When offered to the appropriate population in the appropriate context, CT-based lung cancer screening will reduce the number of deaths caused by this difficult disease.

Jul 15, 2014 Issue
Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen for Lung Cancer in High-Risk Populations? No: The USPSTF’s Recommendation for Lung Cancer Screening Is Overreaching [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

There is still considerable uncertainty about the true magnitude of benefit from annual lung cancer screening, as well as the financial and psychological costs; therefore, the scope of the recommendation should be limited to one of individualized, shared decision making.

Apr 1, 2014 Issue
Low-Dose CT Screening Decreases Mortality in Heavy Smokers [POEMs]

In patients with a significant (greater than 50 pack-year) history of smoking, yearly screening for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (CT) will extend their lives. A significant proportion of screened patients will have a false-positive finding or a finding not related to lung cancer.

Jan 1, 2014 Issue
ACS Releases Guideline on Screening for Lung Cancer with Low-Dose Computed Tomography [Practice Guidelines]

In late 2010, results from the National Lung Screening Trial showed that lung cancer mortality was significantly reduced in high-risk adults who received annual screenings using low-dose computed tomography (CT). After these results were announced, the American Cancer Society (ACS) joined with the A...

Feb 1, 2008 Issue
ACCP Revises Guideline on the Diagnosis of Lung Cancer [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) has revised its original guidelines for the diagnosis and management of lung cancer to update evidence supporting the original recommendations and to include additional relevant topics.

Jan 1, 2007 Issue
Lung Cancer: Diagnosis and Management [Article]

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, with an average five-year survival rate of 15 percent. Smoking remains the predominant risk factor for lung cancer. Lung cancers are categorized as small cell carcinoma or non-small cell carcinoma (e.g., adenocarcinoma, s...

Mar 15, 2005 Issue
Lung Cancer Screening: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

This statement summarizes the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for lung cancer and the supporting scientific evidence, and it updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2d ed.

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