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IASLC welcomes publication of CT screening results from National Lung Screening Trial
Date:6/30/2011

with smoking cessation programs, is likely to have a major impact on lung cancer," said Professor John K. Field, MA, Ph.D., BDS FRCPath, who chairs IASLC's CT Screening Task Force. Field is director of research at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Research Programme, The University of Liverpool Cancer Research Centre Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine, Institute of Translational Medicine at The University of Liverpool.

Although the NLST results are encouraging, other important trials are under way that will provide critical additional information not only on mortality advantage and cost effectiveness, but also on the clinical management outcomes of lung cancer screening. Different nations will require varying levels of evidence to support the decision to provide national lung cancer screening services.

"It is important to realize that enthusiasm for routine use of these scans should be limited to the population studied -- 30 pack years of smoking and age 55-74 -- and that many issues remain unresolved," Dr. Bunn said. "Among these are the cost-effectiveness of the procedure and the best way to follow small nodules that may or may not be cancer."


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International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
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