Practice & Policy

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.

Practice & Policy

Using a simple tool to measure performance status can help physicians predict survival and facilitate end-of-life planning in outpatients with advanced cancer.

Patients with limited life expectancies often undergo routine cancer screenings despite evidence that they are unlikely to benefit and may experience harm.

Patients with Medicaid coverage or no insurance at all were more likely to present with advanced cancer of a number of types, and were also less likely to receive certain treatments, according to a study using the SEER database.

A 3-year pilot program that rewarded oncologists for improving outcomes and efficiency—rather than administering drugs—significantly reduced overall costs without lowering quality of care.

A new clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians recommends against conducting routine pelvic exams in average-risk, asymptomatic women.

Researchers have developed a tool to measure patients’ risk for financial toxicity following cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Katz describes how he uses social media to learn more about patient perceptions of cancer, how to decide which social media to use, and drawbacks to using social media in a professional capacity.


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