Impact of disparities in lung cancer screening and care
Two new studies have revealed disparities in lung cancer screening and care that may impact detection, mortality and survival rates.
The first, from LaheyHospital and Medical Center in Massachusetts, US, analysed data from the Lahey lung cancer screening database and found that in the institution’s lung cancer screening programme, more female than male subjects were shown to meet high-risk criteria but had not completed a low-dose screening CT scan (LDCT).
The researchers believe this highlights a need for further investigation into the potential interventions that can be taken to enhance lung screening in this specific patient population.
The second study, conducted by Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, US, performed analyses of 336 patients with non-small cell lung cancer to assess the effect of language spoken and other demographic factors on delaying initiation of lung cancer care in patients at a public and private hospital system. Treatment at the public hospital was found to be associated with delays in care; neither ethnicity nor primary language was associated with delays in care.
The team believes this demonstrates that even in a multi-ethnic population, the language barrier in and of itself does not appear to affect the interval from diagnosis to treatment.
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