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Smoking criteria limits eligibility for lung cancer screening in NSCLC patients

Smoking criteria limits eligibility for lung cancer screening in NSCLC patients
May 5, 2015

SEATTLE — Less than one-third of patients with non-small cell lung cancer treated at a California medical center would have been eligible for lung cancer screenings based on several existing guidelines, according to data presented at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting.

Geena Wu, MD, a fellowship resident at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, and colleagues identified 2,030 patients with NSCLC treated between 1994 and 2014. They sought to determine the proportion of cases that may have been detected by screening with low-dose computed tomography in patients who met lung cancer screening criteria from various health organizations, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The USPSTF recommends lung cancer screening in patients aged 55 to 80 years who have a minimum 30 pack-year history of smoking, and if they are former smokers, those who quit within 15 years.

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