Radiologists Encouraged to Recommend Cancer Commons to Their Patients

At last week’s Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, radiologists were encouraged to use social media to guide patients to valuable online resources—including Cancer Commons. Social media gives doctors a great opportunity to connect with patients, said Elliot Fishman, MD, at the meeting in Chicago. He urged radiologists to use social media platforms to promote sites like that can help patients learn and be more engaged in their own care.

We encourage radiologists to tell their patients about Ask Cancer Commons. This service helps patients connect with experts to answer questions about treatment, diagnosis, clinical trials, and more.

A stronger online presence could also allow radiologists to monitor and respond to reviews, improving their relationships with patients. Read more at Medscape.


"Lung-RADS" Criteria Could Help Reduce False-Positives in Lung Cancer Screening

The gist: New criteria could keep CT scan screening tests from indicating that a person has lung cancer, when they really do not. So called “false-positives” can lead to unnecessary medical procedures and distress. The Lung-RADS criteria may lower the rate of false-positive screening tests. However, there are concerns that Lung-RADS might delay diagnosis for people with true lung cancer. 

“The use of Lung Imaging Reporting and Data System criteria during interpretation of low-dose CT scan results may yield lower false-positive results than observed in the National Lung Screening Trial, according to results of a retrospective study.

“However, the Lung Imaging Reporting and Data System (Lung-RADS) criteria — developed by the American College of Radiology — also were associated with reduced sensitivity.

“ ‘The findings suggest that the implementation of Lung-RADS can substantially reduce the false-positive rate in CT screening for lung cancer,’ William C. Black, MD, study author and professor of radiology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, told HemOnc Today. ‘However, the findings also suggest that the diagnosis of some lung cancers may be delayed with the implementation of Lung-RADS. Whether this delay will substantively reduce the effectiveness of CT screening is unknown and will have to be further studied.’ “