MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Mary Pasquinelli, MS, APRN
Doctor of Nursing Practice Candidate (2018)
Lung Cancer Screening Program Director
Advanced Practice Nurse
Pulmonary and Medical Oncology
Department of Medicine
Chicago, Il 60612
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: We performed a retrospective analysis of our lung cancer-screening program.
Our program included individuals from a predominantly minority inner city population including Federal Qualified Health Centers.
The main findings were that our screening program found a higher rate of positive screens and lung cancer in our initial screens than that compared to the National Lung Screening Trial.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Readers should take away that access to proven new technologies such as the use of LDCT scan for lung cancer screening should be made available to minority populations to reduce health disparities and save even more lives.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: To further refine eligibility criteria for lung cancer screening a randomized prospective study comparing National Lung Screening Trial eligibility criteria vs the use of a validated risk assessment model (such as the Tammemagi lung cancer risk model) would be important.
MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Response: High-risk individuals should have access to a lung cancer-screening program. More education regarding lung cancer screening is needed particularly focused on individuals and health providers in minority communities. We have the potential to save even more lives from this disease.
Pasquinelli MM, Kovitz KL, Koshy M, et al. Outcomes From a Minority-Based Lung Cancer Screening Program vs the National Lung Screening Trial. JAMA Oncol. Published online August 02, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.2823
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