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Screening Issues and Controversy

Screening debate, pros and cons

Should We Do Broad Sequencing of All Lung Tumors?

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How much detail is needed when determining how to treat lung cancer? Should patients be tested for all the mutations that may exist within their tumors? Dr. Jonathan Riess discusses this issue and how he makes decisions regarding his own patients.


ALK Positive Lung Cancer Forum 2014: Repeat Biopsies

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Why would an ALK lung cancer patient need a repeat biopsy? The doctors discuss the need for and frequency of repeat biopsies.

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The Inherited T790M EGFR Mutation and Risk of Familial Lung Cancer

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Here’s the pdf for this presentation: Inherited T790M EGFR Mutation


American Academy of Family Physicians Denies Utility of Chest CT Screening: A Harmful Slight to the Lung Cancer World

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This week, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) elected to not follow the lead of the more influential US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which previously reviewed the information on chest CT screening for high risk patients and recommended it, and said that there is insufficient evidence to support chest CT screening.

The specific arguments were that, when the evidence from the National Lung Screening Trial is combined with some other, less definitive studies, there wasn’t a clear enough signal of benefit to support chest CT screening, per Dr. Doug Campos-Outcalt, MD, MPA, the AAFP liaison to the USPSTF.

“People need to understand that their life expectancy could be extended by this, but on the other hand, their life expectancy could be shortened by it,” Dr. Campos-Outcalt said in a statement. “If they’re currently smoking, a better thing to do by far is to stop smoking.”

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Blood Test to Define Probability of Lung Nodule Being Cancer? Could Help, but Potential to Backfire

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One of the challenges of the increased frequency of chest CT scans being done for screening of people at higher risk of lung cancer, or done more commonly for chest symptoms, is that lung nodules are very commonly found, but most the time they aren’t cancer.  Most studies show that >90% of lung nodules are benign, but the majority lead to additional work-up, and in nearly 100% of cases, they cause anxiety for the patient. What if a blood test could help clarify the probability that someone doesn’t have a lung cancer?

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