The American Lung Association and the American Thoracic Society Debut the Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide
(May 21, 2018)
Panelists Carey Thomson, MD, MPH; Renda S. Wiener, MD, MPH; and Peter J. Mazzone, MD, MPH sharing the Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide at the ATS Conference this May.
On Sunday, May 20, the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) joined forces to present the new Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide at the annual ATS conference in San Diego.
Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women, taking more lives than any other cancer. One reason it is so deadly is because it’s often diagnosed at a later stage, when it is less curable. Lung cancer screening is recommended for those considered at high risk, as screening can lead to early diagnosis, when survival rates are five times higher. Lung cancer screening is recommended for those considered at "high risk" for developing lung cancer, which includes anyone age 55-80 who is a current smoker or quit smoking in the last 15 years and smoked the equivalent of 30 "pack years" (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs for 15 years, or any combination of years and packs that equals 30). With the evidence that screenings have the potential to save 25,000 lives and are currently underutilized, the Lung Association and ATS convened a panel of experts from across the country with experience in all aspects of lung cancer screenings to create a first-of-its-kind implementation guide for lung cancer screening programs.
Intended for community hospitals and healthcare systems, the implementation guide recognizes that a successful and effective lung cancer screening program requires careful coordination. In support of these efforts, the guide is a pragmatic step by step plan to help design, implement and conduct low-dose CT screening programs for lung cancer. It offers an overview of the general structure of lung cancer screening programs and topics for consideration while planning, including potential pitfalls and obstacles along with resources and tools that will aid healthcare systems in establishing their own lung cancer screening program. The guide also covers smoking cessation, which is an integral part of any lung cancer screening program.
Available as a downloadable PDF now, an online version of the Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide will be available this fall.