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J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2012 Feb;10(2):277-85.

Setting up a lung cancer screening program.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA.


This article summarizes what is known about the best practices of lung cancer screening and provides suggestions for the proper structure for institutions considering offering lung cancer screening services. Important points of emphasis include the need to confine screening to patients at highest risk, the presence of multidisciplinary teams capable of managing the high number of false-positive findings, the need for additional research on biomarkers and risk models for lung cancer, and the currently unknown cost-effectiveness of lung cancer screening on a societal level.

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