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Urgent research needed to determine most effective follow-up care for lung cancer patients
Date:4/15/2012

bsence of firm evidence, the authors recommend the advice from the guidelines in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence:
  • Offer all patients an initial specialist follow-up appointment within 6 weeks of completing treatment to discuss ongoing care, and regular appointments thereafter rather than relying on patients requesting appointments when they experience symptoms.
  • Offer protocol-driven follow up led by a lung cancer clinical nurse specialist as an option for patients with a life expectancy of more than 3 months.
  • Ensure that patients know how to contact the lung cancer clinical nurse specialist involved in their care between their scheduled hospital visits.

The lead author of this work is Dr. Mia Schmidt-Hansen. Dr. David Baldwin is an IASLC member co-author.


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Contact: Kristal Griffith
Kristal.Griffith@iaslc.org
720-325-2952
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
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