Guidelines

Guidelines set out the principles that national governments or health bodies wish healthcare professionals to follow in deciding who should be invited for lung cancer screening and how the screening process should take place.

You can view each guideline below in full by clicking on the relevant link.

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Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan

Author: Canadian Partnership against Cancer Publication Source: Canadian Partnership against Cancer Country: Canada Date: March 2019 Summary of Content: This guideline summarises the data collected from provincial and territorial screening programs and is intended to provide information on the policy and practice decisions made by provinces and territories. Link to Document: https://s22457.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Environmental-Scan_EN_2018_final.pdf

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Recommendations on screening for lung cancer

Author: Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care Publication Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal Country: Canada Date: April 2016 Summary of Content: This guideline provides recommendations for providers and policymakers on screening for lung cancer. Link to Document: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4818132/

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Patient Preferences for Lung Cancer Screening Guideline Recommendations

Author: Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care Publication Source: Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care Country: Canada Date: July 2015 Summary of Content: This guideline summarises patients’ values and preferences relating to the lung cancer screening guideline recommendations developed by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, considering if the recommendations are appropriate, beneficial and feasible […]

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National Optimal Lung Cancer Pathway

Author: The Lung Clinical Expert Group Publication Source: The Lung Clinical Expert Group Country: UK Date: August 2017 (reviewed in May 2019) Summary of Content: This guidance is designed to help lung cancer service providers and commissioners to see the basic structure of an effective and efficient lung cancer pathway. The roadmap can be adapted using local knowledge to […]

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Targeted Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Radiation Dose Computed Tomography

Author: NHS England Publication Source: NHS England Country: UK Date: January 2019 Summary of Content:   This guideline is intended for cancer service providers, commissioners and healthcare professionals and outlines the service and quality indicators expected by NHS England to ensure that a high standard of service is provided. Link to Document: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/targeted-lung-health-checks-standard-protocol-v1.pdf

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NICE Guideline [NG122] Lung cancer: diagnosis and management

Author: NICE Publication Source: NICE Country: UK Date: March 2019 Summary of Content: This guideline is intended for healthcare professionals, commissioners and providers, and patients and their families; and provides information on the diagnosis and management of lung cancer. Link to Document: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng122/chapter/Recommendations#diagnosis-and-staging

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Identifying lung disease: getting people to the right person at the right time

Author: Taskforce for Lung Health Publication Source: A National Five Year Plan for Lung Health Country: UK Date: March 2019 Summary of Content: This guideline provides a series of recommendations that can be implemented into a national plan for lung health. It outlines the data needed to measure progress and sets specific targets for recommendations. Link to Document: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0221/4446/files/PC1802_Taskforce_Report_MASTER_v8.pdf?30&_ga=2.132763978.599962487.1571051432-497848004.1571051432

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Lung Cancer Screening: A Summary Guide for Primary Care Clinicians.

Author: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Publication Source: AHRQ Publication Country: USA Date: March 2016 Summary of Content: This guideline is intended for primary care clinicians and provides an overview of the evidence, including a summary of the evidence from the national lung screening trial; insurance coverage; eligibility criteria for lung cancer screening; points to discuss with patients; […]

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Lung Cancer Screening: A Clinician’s Checklist

Author: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Publication Source: AHRQ Publication Country: USA Date: March 2016 Summary of Content: This guideline provides a checklist to help clinicians meet the criteria to be referred to a lung cancer screening and shared decision-making visit. The guidance also provides tips for clinicians and patients to make a shared decision as well as […]

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American College of Radiology ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Lung Cancer Screening

Author: American College of Radiology Publication Source: American College of Radiology Country: USA Date: November 2018 Summary of Content: This resource has been developed to help radiologists, radiation oncologists and referring physicians determine the most appropriate form of screening for patients with specified medical conditions. Link to Document: https://acsearch.acr.org/docs/3102390/Narrative/

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Lung Cancer Screening 2.0 Committee Announces Webinar Series

Author: American College of Radiology Publication Source: American College of Radiology Country: USA Date: June 2019 Summary of Content: This resource is intended for radiologists and radiology group practices and provides advice on how to implement successful lung cancer screening programs, considering how to overcome the challenges with screening by considering best practice, through a series of webinars. Link […]

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An Official American Thoracic Society/American College of Chest Physicians Policy Statement

Author: American Thoracic Society and The American College of Chest Physicians Publication Source: American Thoracic Society Country: USA Date: April 2015 Summary of Content: The policy statement offers strategies to introduce lung cancer screening programs that are safe and effective. The guidance summarises multiple successful strategies for programs to consider, allowing individual programmes to choose the strategy that best […]

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Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide

Author: American Thoracic Society and American Lung Association Publication Source: American Thoracic Society and American Lung Association Country: USA Date: Last reviewed June 2019 Summary of Content: The resource provides a guide and toolkit of how to design, implement, and conduct lung cancer screening, and is based on the information gathered from a survey of experts across the United […]

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Decision Memo for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography

Author: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Publication Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Country: USA Date: February 2015 Summary of Content: This resource provides information on the criteria that needs to be met in order for an individual to be eligible for lung cancer screening under the USA’s health insurance program Medicare. Link to Document: https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?NCAId=274

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The 10 Pillars of Lung Cancer Screening: Rationale and Logistics of a Lung Cancer Screening Program

Author: Fintelmann et al. Publication Source: RadioGraphics Country: USA Date: October 2015 Summary of Content: This resource provides information on the 10 pillars required to implement a lung cancer screening program. Link to Document: https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/rg.2015150079

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Strengthening Adherence in Lung Cancer Screening

Author: Lung Cancer Alliance Publication Source: Lung Cancer Country: USA Date: n/a Summary of Content: This resource provides information on who should be screened, barriers to adherence and strategies to increase adherence. It also provides template letters for physicians to personalise to patients at different stages of the lung cancer screening process. Link to Document: https://go2foundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Strengthening-Adherence.pdf

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National Framework for Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care

Author: Lung Cancer Alliance Publication Source: Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Country: USA Date: February 2012 Summary of Content: This resource provides information on the guiding principles for lung cancer screening excellence and a best practice example of a roadmap guide for the screening process. Link to Document: https://go2foundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Original-Framework.pdf

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Lung Cancer Screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography: Guidance For Business Case Development

Author: Lung Cancer Screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography: Guidance For Business Case Development Publication source: Canadian Partnership against Cancer Country: Canada Date: March 2020 Summary of content: This guidance provides background information, environmental scans of lung cancer screening policies in Canada and internationally, and evidence, including economic modelling, to support the case for a […]

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Implementation Planning Guide for Programmatic Lung Cancer Screening: Readiness Assessment Toolkit

Author: Implementation Planning Guide for Programmatic Lung Cancer Screening: Readiness Assessment Toolkit Publication source: Canadian Partnership against Cancer Country: Canada Date: March 2020 Summary of content: This toolkit was designed to complement the business case developed in March 2020. It includes a series of questions regarding the initial considerations to evaluate the context and capacity for developing and […]

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Implementation Guide for Lung Cancer Screening

Author: Carey C. Thomson, Andrea McKee et al Publication Source: American Thoracic Society and American Lung Association Country: USA Date of publication: October 2018 Summary of content: This resource provides a guide and toolkit of how to design, implement and conduct a lung cancer screening program. It has been developed by a panel of experts in […]

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Report on Australian Lung Cancer Screening Enquiry

Author: Cancer Australia Publication Source: Australian Government / Cancer Australia Country: Australia Date: November 2020 Summary of Content: This report is a multi-faceted body of work underpinned by extensive and inclusive stakeholder consultation to enquire into the national and international evidence of the effectiveness of lung cancer screening, to design a lung cancer screening program appropriate for Australia, and to describe […]

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