New Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of lung cancer
New clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of lung cancer have been published in an electronic ‘wiki’ format to assist doctors and their patients to make informed treatment choices based on the most current research available.
Lung cancer is the fifth most common cancer in Australia, with 9954 new cases (including small cell and non-small cell lung cancers) diagnosed in Australia in 2008. Although survival rates have improved, the five-year relative survival remains relatively low at 14%* highlighting the importance of appropriate referral to multi-disciplinary teams and evidence-based treatment to improve survival outcomes.
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Lung Cancer, commissioned and co-funded by Cancer Australia and developed by Cancer Council Australia, revised the treatment section of the 2004 Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of lung cancer.
The evidence base for the treatment of lung cancer has grown exponentially since the 2004 printed guidelines were developed, and it continues to grow with emerging research.
The guidelines, comprising management of non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer topics, can be accessed from the Cancer Council Australia Guidelines Wiki at wiki.cancer.org.au/australia/Guidelines:Lung_cancer
Revision of the prevention and diagnosis sections of the 2004 guidelines is also underway.
* Reference: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012a. Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: period estimates from 1982 to 2010. Cancer Series no. 69. Cat. No. CAN 65. Canberra: AIHW.