Chest physicians oppose CT lung cancer screening

November 1, 2007

New evidenced-based guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians recommend against the use of low-dose CT for the general screening of lung cancer.

New evidenced-based guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians recommend against the use of low-dose CT for the general screening of lung cancer.

"Even in high-risk populations, currently available research data do not show that lung cancer screening alters mortality outcomes," said Dr. W. Michael Alberts, chair of the ACCP lung cancer guidelines and chief medical officer of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, FL. "At this time, the evidence does not support the use of low-dose CT screening."

The guidelines were published as a supplement to the September issue of Chest.