By Carrie Capili, Communications Specialist
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announces the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Lung Cancer Screening, a new addition to the Complete Library of NCCN Guidelines®. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the world; guidance on using effective screening tools for early detection can assist in the effort to decrease mortality rates.
"Currently, most lung cancer is diagnosed clinically when patients present with symptoms. Unfortunately, patients with symptoms often have advanced lung cancer," noted Douglas E. Wood, MD, of University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and chair of the NCCN Guidelines Panel for Lung Cancer Screening. "Ideally, these new guidelines combined with the continued advancement of screening tools will lead to earlier detection of the disease when treatment is more likely to be effective."
The new NCCN Guidelines for Lung Cancer Screening primarily refer to Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, the most common type of lung cancer, and recommend helical low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for select patients at high-risk for the disease.
In addition to outlining the appropriate use of LDCT screening, the NCCN Guidelines describe risk factors for lung cancer, recommend criteria for selecting high-risk individuals for screening, provide recommendations for evaluation and follow-up of nodules found during screening, detail the accuracy of LDCT screening protocols and imaging modalities, and discuss the benefits and risks of screening.
The NCCN Guidelines are developed and updated through an evidence-based process with explicit review of the scientific evidence integrated with expert judgment by multidisciplinary panels of physicians from NCCN Member Institutions. Access to the NCCN Guidelines for Lung Cancer Screening or any of the NCCN Guidelines is available free of charge at NCCN.org.