Sumary of CHEST releases new clinical guidelines for lung cancer screening:
- The American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST) recently released a new clinical guideline, Screening for Lung Cancer: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report.
- The guideline contains 16 evidence-based recommendations and an update of the evidence base for the benefits, harms, and implementation of low-dose chest computed tomography (CT) screening.
- Evidence suggests that low-dose CT screening for lung cancer can reduce cancer-related deaths in the group that is screened.
- The new guidelines provide recommendations on the selection of screen-eligible individuals, the quality of imaging and image interpretation, the management of screen detected findings and the effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions.
- The goal of these guidelines is to assist stakeholders with the development of high-quality screening programs and arm clinical providers with the information necessary to engage at-risk individuals in order to increase the number of screenings.
- Outlined in the recommendations is who should be screened and what that screening process should look like from the clinical side.