European expert group proposes implementation of lung cancer screening programs within EU
In a paper published recently in Lancet Oncology by Oudkerk et. al., titled "European position statement on lung cancer screeening"1, a European Union (EU) expert group is presenting the available evidence for lung cancer screening with low-dose CT, resulting in a set of recommendations to begin implementing lung cancer screening in Europe within the next 1-4 years.
Planning of low-dose CT screening programs should be started throughout Europe because of the overwhelming clinical evidence that these programs can save lives.
The group emphasizes the need for a validated risk stratification approach, in order to make sure that the patients who will benefit most from these programs will be screened. Quality assurance of the whole process will be a key aspect in order to ensure a joint set of standards.
The recommendation also requires that detected lung nodules shall be assessed through exact volume measurements and volume doubling-time, since simple diameter measurements have been shown to have only limited clinical value.
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1 Published Online November 27, 2017; dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(17)30861-6