Updated Guidelines for Lung Screening Aim to Reduce Disparities

https://discover.vumc.org/
May 7, 2021

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has formally recommended changes to lung cancer screening guidelines in an effort to reduce outcome disparities between African American and white patients.

The decision is based in part on research led by Melinda Aldrich, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The research team included Kim Sandler, M.D., an assistant professor of radiology and radiological sciences and co-director of the Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program.

Vanderbilt research played key role in new lung screen guidelines

Tom Wilemon
March 23, 2021

TREAT team member research published in JAMA Oncology has played a key role in new lung cancer screening guidelines. VUMC Reporter article "Vanderbilt research played key role in new lung screen guidelines" highlights the effect this research, whose authors include TREAT members Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, Kim Sandler, MD, Eric Grogan, MD, MPH, and Jeffrey Blume, PhD, had on new USPSTF lung cancer screening guidelines.

Surgery risk model proves invaluable during pandemic

Jill Clendening
November 3, 2020

A team of investigators, including TREAT members Eric Grogan, MD, MPH, Stephen Deppen, PhD, and Maren Shipe, MD, MPH, created complex decision analysis models that balanced the risk of COVID-19 infection against the risk of disease progression if surgical procedures were delayed during the pandemic. When the team analyzed six specific disease-surgery pairs in relation to model patients, they determined that proceeding with surgery in hospitals with low perioperative COVID-19 infection rates rather than waiting three to six months would likely result in an improved five-year survival for the patients.

2019 a year of growth, achievements, accolades

VUMC Reporter
January 6, 2020

Examining CT scans for smokers

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines that determine which smokers qualify for CT scans exclude significant numbers of African Americans who develop lung cancer, a health disparity that merits modifications to lung cancer screening criteria, according to a study from Vanderbilt researchers. The researchers concluded that those guidelines may be too conservative for African Americans, setting the stage for later diagnoses and reduced odds of survival.

Health disparity for blacks exists within lung screening guidelines

Tom Wilemon
July 15, 2019

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines that determine which smokers qualify for CT scans exclude significant numbers of African Americans who develop lung cancer, a health disparity that merits modifications to lung cancer screening criteria, according to a study from Vanderbilt researchers, and TREAT members, Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, Kim Sandler, MD, Eric Grogan, MD, MPH, and Jeffrey Blume, PhD, as well as William Blot, PhD, and Sarah Mercaldo, PhD.

Team explores fungal infection quandary in lung cancer screenings

Tom Wilemon
April 19, 2019

The Vanderbilt team studying histoplasmosis includes TREAT team members (front row, from left) Heidi Chen, PhD, Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, (back row, from left) Stephen Deppen, PhD, Eric Grogan, MD, MPH, and Jeffrey Blume, PhD. (photo by Steve Green). 

Their work, published October 2018 in Emerging Infectious Diseases, revealed that histoplasmosis is prevalent beyond previously identified regions of the United States and led to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updating its maps in December.

A decade after lung cancer, aspiring minister aims for a ‘significant life’

Maura Ammenheuser
July 23, 2018

An illness and CT-scan led to a diagnosis of lung cancer for Mr. Taylor Stokes. TREAT member Eric Grogan, MD, MPH, performed the surgery to remove the tumor from Mr. Stokes’ lung and now Mr. Stokes has annual follow-up scans through Vanderbilt’s Lung Screening Program. Read Mr. Stokes’ story at www.mysouthernhealth.com.

Lung screening program continues to grow

Dagny Stuart
July 3, 2018

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Lung Screening Program for patients at high risk for cancer recently reached a milestone, enrolling more than 700 patients and performing more than 1,000 CT screening examinations. TREAT member Kim Sandler, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, is co-director of the Lung Screening Program.

TREAT team to participate in recently awarded U54 grant

Matt Schorr
July 25, 2016

Members of the TREAT team will participate in a recently awarded U54 grant which will build a Vanderbilt-Meharry-Miami Center of Excellence for Precision Medicine and Population Health.  The new center will enable research using approaches to precision medicine to eradicate health disparities, specifically those among African Americans and Latinos.