Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide; more than colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancer deaths combined. It’s estimated that 235,760 people in the United States will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2021. These statistics beg the question, as a healthcare community what can we do to change the outcome for these patients? In speaking with a radiologist at Sutter Health, he told me, “When you look at lung cancer, survival is all about early detection.”
A large US health system used AI to augment the work of the radiologists, running a second review in the background on thousands of CT scans. This quality review process results in the finding of clinically significant lung nodules that directly changed the course of patient care.
KNOWvember is lung cancer awareness month and while statistics show mortality rates have been decreasing, this is not true for everyone and there is still much work needed to truly make an impact on patient outcomes. This week’s Domain Knowledge highlights learnings from the fourth annual State of Lung Cancer report, looks at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated lung cancer screening guidelines and the need for early cancer detection.
AI is poised to significantly disrupt healthcare as we know it today. This week’s Domain Knowledge looks at the use of AI to drive more connected patient care and better patient outcomes.
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most common cause of cancer deaths when men and women are combined, and in 2021, it’s expected to cause around 52,980 deaths.
In this 4-part series, I sit down with Dr. Amy Patel and discuss the importance of prioritizing breast health. In Part 4 of the series we focus on the use of technology in breast health screening and early cancer detection.