#LCSM Chat Topic 9/25: Challenges in making LDCT screening chest scans standard of care for high risk patients

It has been a couple of years since the National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated a clear survival benefit for low dose CT (LDCT) screening of patients who have a high risk of lung cancer (with “high risk” defined as age 55-75 and a significant smoking history). While lung cancer screening is offered in programs at various centers around the US, it remains a controversial procedure that has not been approved by Medicare as a covered service. On Thursday, September 25th, 8PM ET/ 5PM PT, we’ll discuss the existing barriers in lung cancer… Read More

#JACR Chat 6/26: Patient Perspective on Lung Cancer Screening (#LCSM cohosts)

On Thursday June 26, at 12 noon Eastern Time, the Journal of the American College of Radiology (#JACR) tweetchat will discuss the patient’s perspective of lung cancer screening.  It will be hosted jointly by #JACR and #LCSM, using the hashtag #JACR, and will be moderated by Dr. Ruth Carlos (@ruthcarlosmd) of #JACR with guest moderators Ella Kazerooni, MD, and Janet Freeman-Daily (@JFreemanDaily) of #LCSM.  #JACR posted about the chat and provided the following information: ————————————————— “Ruthie, your dad fell down and now he has cancer.” My dad had tripped down a short… Read More

Call to Action: Tell Medicare and Medicaid to Cover Lung Cancer Screening

Anyone can get lung cancer. Screening for lung cancer with low dose CT scans (LDCT) can save thousands of lives every year. Many private health insurers already provide coverage for this screening. Tell the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) you want them to provide coverage too. On February 10, CMS opened a 30-day comment period to support their national coverage analysis on Lung Cancer Screening with LDCT. This comment period closes on March 12, 2014. Please sign this petition to tell CMS to provide coverage for LDCT, and ask everyone… Read More