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INCIDENCE: One lung cancer detected per every 65 screenings at OhioHealth program

The OhioHealth Lung Cancer Screening Program, implemented in mid-2013 and based on a low-dose chest CT scan, is described in this article.  A key part of this program is the team of oncology lung nurse navigators who accompany and guide the patient through the process.

I particularly wanted to note the incidence rate that they have encountered to date:

  • “Currently, the OhioHealth Lung Cancer Screening Program has diagnosed, on average, one lung cancer for every 65 screenings.  The statistic is a substantially higher ratio than the National Lung Screening Trial ratio of one in 320 screenings.”

Of the 16 patients found to have lung cancer in the OhioHealth program, 14 were at an early stage.

Sources:

[About the OhioHealth program]: Jansak, B. (2015, Nov.-Dec.). Expanding a comprehensive lung cancer screening program. Radiology Management, 37(6), 42-46.  Publisher’s website here: http://www.ahraonline.org/radiologymanagement

[Here is the earlier article about the National Lung Screening Trial]: The National Lung Screening Trial Research Team. (2011, Aug. 4). Reduced lung-cancer mortality with low-dose computed tomographic screening. The New England Journal of Medicine, 365(5), 395-409.  Click here for full text: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1102873#t=articleResults  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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