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Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography for primary care providers.

Authors
  • Richards, Thomas B1
  • White, Mary C2
  • Caraballo, Ralph S3
  • 1 Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Building 107, F-76, 4770 Buford Highway Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30341-3717, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Building 107, F-76, 4770 Buford Highway Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30341-3717, USA.
  • 3 Office of Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Building 107, F-79, 4770 Buford Highway Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30341-3717, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Primary care
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2014
Volume
41
Issue
2
Pages
307–330
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pop.2014.02.007
PMID: 24830610
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

This review provides an update on lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) and its implications for primary care providers. One of the unique features of lung cancer screening is the potential complexity in patient management if an LDCT scan reveals a small pulmonary nodule. Additional tests, consultation with multiple specialists, and follow-up evaluations may be needed to evaluate whether lung cancer is present. Primary care providers should know the resources available in their communities for lung cancer screening with LDCT and smoking cessation, and the key points to be addressed in informed and shared decision-making discussions with patients.

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