Lung Nodules - Where and When to Refer

October 20, 2023 from 10:00am ADT to 11:00am ADT

Grand Ballroom CDE

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers we see in Canada with roughly 30,000 Canadians a year being diagnosed with lung cancer and accounting for 1 in 4 cancer deaths. Making it is essential that we as a profession are well versed in the guidelines and work up for lung nodules. Often family medicine Physicians and Physician Assistants are required to interpret imaging with suspected lung cancer or lung nodules and refer on. The purpose of this high yield presentation would to be go over current guidelines and give a brief overview of lung nodules with a goal to improve the diagnostic abilities of the attendees. With our hospitals overrun and over worked now more than ever are our family Physicians and Physician Assistants seeing increasingly complex and ill patients, this presentation aims to help relieve this burden by improving knowledge and confidence that these practitioners have in lung nodules and lung cancer.   

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: 

  1. Explain the stages of lung cancer and what treatment would look like for each stage  
  2. Recall the current guidelines for lung nodules seen on CT scans 
  3. Identify who to refer to (respirology vs thoracic surgery) and what lung nodules require referrals 
  4. Distinguish between high risk nodules (i.e high probability of cancer) vs infectious/inflammatory nodules  

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