U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends CT Lung Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a recommendation in favor of CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers.

Though still pending finalization, the recommendation applies to current and heavy smokers between 55 and 79 and could be a huge step in diagnosing high-risk patients sooner.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services and preventive medications.

Since opening in 2006, Philadelphia CyberKnife physicians have contributed cutting edge research on the applications of stereotactic body radiation therapy and CyberKnife® treatment. Two studies developed by physicians at our center on SBRT treatment for lung cancer were presented earlier this year at the Radiosurgery Society’s annual meeting. 

To read more about the recommendation, view the draft for public comment.