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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

:

Lung Cancer Screening, Version 1.2017

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How can you learn more?

Find a good screening plan

Find a good screening plan

A good screening plan will have many benefits with

few and minor risks. Before starting a screening plan,

talk with your doctor about all of the possible benefits

and risks of the plan. Some benefits and risks of

screening plans are listed in

Guide 15

.

What benefits should

include:

ü

Better survival and quality of life

ü

Less testing and treatment

ü

Support to quit smoking

ü

Lower costs

Guide 15. Screening programs

Benefits

Risks

• Screening can reduce the number of deaths from

lung cancer and other causes.

• Screening doesn’t always find cancer early enough to

be cured.

• Lung cancer found by screening is often an earlier

stage of disease than cancer found because of

symptoms.

• Some people get treated even though the cancer grows

so slowly that it won’t cause death. They can also get

treated because screening results were unclear or

wrong.

• People whose cancer was found with screening

more often can have minimally invasive surgery

and have less lung tissue removed.

• Some people get unneeded tests. Imaging tests can

include unnecessary contact with radiation.

List what you think are benefits and risks for you. Share them with your doctor.

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