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Adherence to follow-up lung cancer screening not optimal


Former smokers’ adherence to annual follow-up screening for lung cancer was found to be less than optimal, according to a study to be presented at the CHEST 2018 annual meeting.

Paul B. Brasher, MD, and his colleagues from the Thoracic Oncology Research Group at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston studied adherence to recommended low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) among Veterans Affairs patients who were at high risk for lung cancer and whose baseline LDCTs were negative.

A total of 2,106 veterans aged 55-80 years who had at least a 30-pack year smoking history were initially screened within the Veterans Health Administration Lung Cancer Screening Demonstration Project. The study tracked 1,120 of these patients for 18 months to determine their adherence to annual LDCT screening; the rate of adherence was 77.6%.

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The study will be presented in the session Lung Cancer Screening: New Questions and New Answers, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8:45 a.m., Convention Center 207A.

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