Weekly news updates are currently posted on the Internet site and sent out via e-blast to provide up-to-date information on what has been covered in the news regarding lung cancer in the previous week. Topics include all stories related to lung cancer as well as personal stories and events.
Week ending December 14, 2014
“What were the big news stories in lung cancers in 2014? Medscape asked this question of Mark Kris, MD, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and Howard (Jack) West, MD, from the Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, Washington. The two lung cancer experts had a lot to say.”
“DEAR MAYO CLINIC: At my last physical, my doctor suggested that I should be screened for lung cancer. I used to smoke about a pack of cigarettes a day, but I quit 12 years ago. I’m 63 now and in good health. Is screening really necessary for me? What does it involve?”
“Pink makes Kaye Paterson see red. The official color of breast cancer, pink is deployed on ribbons, bracelets and even NFL uniforms to steer attention — and research money — to the disease. For Paterson, who has far deadlier lung cancer, so much pink can be hard to accept.”
“December 10, 2015: Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), The American College of Radiology (ACR) and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to update its proposed recommendation for screening coverage to more closley mirror the USPSTF recommendations, speed growth and ease administrative burdens.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – “Medicare may soon begin paying for yearly scans to detect lung cancer in certain current or former heavy smokers.”
“On November 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a decision to cover low-dose chest computed tomography (LDCT) screening for lung cancer in high-risk patients, provided that the screening is done at specific, experienced screening facilities and is preceded by careful counseling and shared decision-making about the benefit vs risk of screening for each patient.”