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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Lung Cancer Screening, Version 1.2017

Who should read this book?

This book is about screening for lung cancer. People

who are deciding whether to be screened or not may

find this book helpful. It may also help you discuss a

screening plan with your doctor.

Does the whole book apply to


This book includes information for many situations.

Your medical team can help. They can point out what

parts of the book apply to you. They can also give

you more information. As you read through this book,

you may find it helpful to make a list of questions to

ask your doctors.

The recommendations in this book are based on

science and the experience of NCCN experts.

However, these recommendations may not be right

for you. Your doctors may suggest another screening

program based on your health and other factors. If

other suggestions are given, feel free to ask your

medical team questions.

Help! What do the words


In this book, many medical words are included.

These are words you will likely hear from your

medical team. Most of these words may be new to

you, and it may be a lot to learn.

Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading

and review the information. Don’t be shy to ask your

medical team to explain a word or phrase that you do

not understand.

Words that you may not know are defined in the

text or in the


. Words in the Dictionary are

underlined when first used in the book.

Acronyms are also defined when first used and in the


. Acronyms

are short words formed from the

first letters of several words. One example is LDCT










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