Lung cancer screening and smoking cessation efforts

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Randomized-controlled trials have confirmed substantial reductions in lung cancer mortality with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening. Evidence on how to integrate smoking cessation support in lung cancer screening is however scarce. This represents a significant gap in the literature, as a combined strategy of lung cancer screening and smoking cessation greatly reduces the mortality risk due to lung cancer and other related comorbidities. In this review, a literature search in MEDLINE, Embase, Web of Science, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and Google Scholar was performed to identify randomized-controlled and observational studies investigating the effect of lung cancer screening trials and integrated cessation interventions on smoking cessation. Of the 236 identified records, we included 32 original publications. Smoking cessation rates in lung cancer screening trials are promising. Especially findings suspicious for lung cancer and referral to a physician might function as a teachable moment to motivate smoking abstinence in current smokers or recent quitters. More intensive, personalized and multi-modality smoking cessation interventions delivered by a clinician appear to be the most successful in influencing smoking behavior. While it is evident that smoking cessation should be incorporated in lung cancer screening, further research is required to ascertain the optimal treatment type, modality, timing, and content of communication including the incorporation of CT results to motivate health behavior change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1099-1109
Number of pages11
JournalTranslational Lung Cancer Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

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Funding Information:
the Erasmus MC Medical Library for her assistance with the search strategy. Funding: This review was funded by EU-Horizon 2020 – grant (4-IN-THE-LUNG-RUN; lung cancer screening implementation trial; grant number 848294). The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of this paper.

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© 2021 Translational Lung Cancer Research.


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