Journal article

The pathway to diagnosis and treatment for surgically managed lung cancer patients

Victoria White, Rebecca J Bergin, Robert J Thomas, Kathryn Whitfield, David Weller

Family Practice | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Most lung cancer is diagnosed at an advanced stage, resulting in poor survival. This study examined diagnostic pathways for patients with operable lung cancer to identify factors contributing to early diagnosis. METHODS: Surgically treated lung cancer patients (aged ≥40, within 6 months of diagnosis), approached via the population-based Cancer Registry, with their primary care physicians (PCPs) and specialists completed cross-sectional surveys assessing symptoms, diagnostic route (symptomatic or 'investigation' of other problem), tests, key event dates and treatment. Time intervals to diagnosis and treatment were determined, and quantile regression examined differences between th..

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