Lung cancer is still the deadliest and most expensive tumour entity in Europe. Most lung cancer patients present with already locally advanced or even metastazied stages at the time of primary diagnosis limiting curatively intended treatment options. Low dose CT screening for lung cancer provides a unique chance to detect patients already in early stages so that curation is much more likely. In September 2019, the results of Europe’s largest low dose CT screening study for lung cancer, the NELSON study, were presented at the IASLC conference in Toronto demonstrating a positive effect of low dose CT screening in a well-defined high-risk population compared to a control group without any screening. In order to translate evident clinical trial knowledge into national population-based screening programmes, clinicians need to be aware of the basic principles as well as the chances and potential pitfalls of low dose CT screening for lung cancer.
- A detailed presentations of NELSON study results and discussion in the context of the existing evidence on low dose CT screening
- Rasing awareness of core elements in a low dose CT screening programme for lung cancer
- Outline of an implementation strategy for a national population-based low dose CT lung cancer screening programme
Lecture including case presentations
- Available evidence on low dose CT lung cancer screening with a focus on the NELSON study results
- Definition of adequate risk populations for low dose CT lung cancer screening
- Essential infrastructure and processes for a local low dose CT screening programme
- Implementation strategy for a national population-based low dose CT lung cancer screening programme
Following this course, participants will be able to:
- Better appraise the current status of low dose CT lung cancer screening including benefits, potential harms, and open research topics.
- Assess how a good local screening program should be structured.
- Step-wise develop a national screening program.
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