Lung Cancer Remains The Most Lethal Cancer – Part 2 of 3
The cancer society recommendations also spotlight smoking cessation counseling as a high priority and stress that CT screening is not an alternative to quitting smoking. CT screening should only be done after a discussion between patients and their doctors so people fully understand the benefits, limitations and risks of screening. In addition, screening should only be done by someone versed in low-dose CT lung cancer screening, the cancer society stressed.
These new guidelines were published in the Jan 11, 2013 online version of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Results from the 2010 trial indicated that deaths from lung cancer in specific high-risk groups could be reduced by annual CT screening. “These findings signify that the adoption of lung cancer screening could save many lives,” the cancer society concluded.
As with any guidelines, however, recommendations may change over era as more people are screened and new data are analyzed. Despite the lifesaving benefits of screening, there are still some harms and limitations. Among these are missed cancers, anxiety caused by abnormal results, the need for additional tests and biopsies, inquisition of other findings not related to lung cancer and exposure to radiation from repeated testing, the cancer society noted.