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Predictors of Imaging Surveillance for Surgically Treated Early-Stage Lung Cancer

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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Source Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Leah M. Backhus, Farhood Farjah, Steven B. Zeliadt, Thomas K. Varghese, Aaron Cheng, Larry Kessler, David H. Au, David R. Flum

This study explored recent patterns of surveillance imaging 4-8 mos after surgical treatment of early stage lung cancer using the SEER database.  Initial imaging consisted of CXR (60%), CT (25%) and PET (3%).  13% of patients received no imaging.  NCCN guidelines adherence for receipt of CT was 47%, but increased from 28% to 60% over the period of study.  Adherence was reduced in pts with stage I disease and those who had surgery as a single treatment modality.

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