The long-term goal of our screening implementation programs is to increase the impact of current CT programs by increasing the number of individuals diagnosed with lung cancer in its earliest stages.
Current educational materials for lung cancer patients address information gaps related to questions after diagnosis, such as treatment and access to care. There is a paucity of materials for individuals who have undergone screening for lung cancer—especially for high-risk individuals who have undergone CT screening —and require follow-up.
Based on the results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends CT screening for all high-risk individuals. The success of such screening programs is founded on the premise that adequate follow-up is provided to individuals in whom lung nodules are detected. Follow-up typically requires additional CT scans.
Unfortunately, adherence to follow-up scans is low, resulting in missed opportunities to detect lung cancer early when it is most treatable.
LUNGevity is developing validated tools and educational materials to accurately guide individuals after their first CT scan—to communicate the significance of screening results and to develop a follow-up plan after an individual’s initial scan.