Implementing the New Protocol

February 24, 2015 7:11 PM

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Early detection in lung cancer is strongly linked to better survival.1 In a landmark decision the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved national coverage for lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for high-risk smokers.

The CMS approval for screening was based on a favorable recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an advocacy group.2 The USPSTF recommendation, in turn, was based on the successful completion of National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST), which was initiated to r...

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