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
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..View full abstract
The ICBP Module 4 study was supported by the Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria and Cancer Council Victoria.