LUNG CA GUIDELINES
ANCHOR LEAD: NEW INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR LUNG CANCER HAVE BEEN RELEASED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
A new set of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer have been released. Rosalyn Juergens, a lung cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says one area the guidelines cover is the controversial one of lung cancer screening.
JUERGENS: The recommendation is if there are people who are at high risk they should really seek out large institutions like Johns Hopkins or the other national comprehensive cancer centers to seek advice from either their pulmonology group or their medical oncology group to make an informed decision as to whether or not they should have lung cancer screening. Lung cancer screening is not without risk. People have to often undergo other procedures to evaluate things that can be seen on CT scan so it’s not something that should be gone upon without some forethought before you actually proceed. :31
High risk people would include smokers, those who live with smokers, people with a family history of lung cancer, and folks with risky occupational exposures. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.