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USPSTF Recommends Low-Dose CT Screening for Heavy Smokers

The USPSTF published its final recommendation on screening for lung cancer on December 31, concluding that all people between the ages of 55 and 80 years who are at high risk for lung cancer should undergo low-dose CT screening.

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ASCO is calling for major reforms to the Medicaid system in order to close gaps in cancer coverage and improve quality of care for low-income Americans.

NLST data clearly demonstrate that lung cancer screening is effective and safe and reduces lung cancer-specific mortality by at least 20%. There is no possible reason for CMS to further delay or restrict lung cancer screening for those at high risk.

The development of CT lung cancer screening, the publication of results from the NLST in 2011, and the grade-B recommendation for CT lung cancer screening in high-risk smokers by the USPSTF raise a number of interesting national health policy issues.

The NLST is a landmark trial demonstrating that implementation of low-dose CT screening lowers lung cancer–related mortality. We must put the study results and cost-effectiveness analyses in the context of the staggering statistics: up to 65% of lung cancer patients present with advanced-stage disease where treatments are often costly, toxic, and only palliative in nature.

American medicine is poised for an expanded conflict over the assumption and consequences of risk in medical care.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced plans to cover low-dose CT screening for lung cancer, based mainly on the National Lung Screening Trial.

ASCO has issued a new online template to assist oncologists with creating survivorship care plans for their patients following active therapy.

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