A group of researchers from Baptist Centers for Cancer Care, in Southaven, MS, and Memphis, TN, and the University of Memphis in Tennessee, led by Raymond Osarogiagbon, MBBS and Nicolas Faris, MDiv, retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of all recipients of lung resection surgery at two hospitals over 42 months. What they found: Patients who underwent surgery for lung cancer often waited too long to receive treatment. During this "gap in care" many did not receive critical diagnostic tests that are necessary to determine the best possible treatment.
Further, they found that the 5-year relative survival rate of patients diagnosed with lung cancer remains below 20%, and has not changed significantly over the past 30 years. Twenty-seven percent had no preoperative diagnostic procedure; 22% did not receive PET/CT imaging scans; and 88% did not receive an invasive staging test. The results of the diagnostic tests proved pivotal in the decision-making and access to appropriate treatment.
Their study was published in the August 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Read more here with our friends at Cancer Therapy Advisor.