NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Lung Cancer Screening - page 19

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Lung Cancer Screening
Version 1.2014
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Part 4: The screening process
PET/CT is suggested for nodules larger than 8 mm at baseline. If the PET/CT scan
results suggest that the nodule is likely not cancer, a follow-up LDCT in 3 months,
then in 6 months, and so forth is suggested as long as results are normal. If the
follow-up LDCTs show growth in the nodule, surgery to remove the nodule for testing
is suggested. Likewise, if the follow-up PET/CT after baseline suggests that there’s
cancer, either a biopsy or surgery is suggested. See Part 5 on page 25 for more
information.
Definitions:
Baseline test
: A starting
point to which future tests
are compared
Biopsy
: Removal of a
tissue or fluid sample for
testing
Curative treatment
:
A medicine that cures
disease or symptoms
Acronyms:
LDCT
= low-dose
computed tomography
PET/CT
=
p
ositron
e
mission
t
omography/
c
omputed
t
omography
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