Lung Cancer Screening News
Congratulations to ALTG Past President Kwun Fong, Director of The University of Queensland Thoracic Research Centre which, along with The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane has been awarded $1 million funding from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) for the establishment of the ACRF Centre for Lung Cancer Early Detection. The Centre will concentrate on three major innovative research streams: innovations in diagnostic imaging using Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) screening and computer aided diagnosis (CAD); investigating unique molecular profiles and biomarkers of lung cancer; and advanced innovations in Bronchoscopy techniques. The Centre will be based at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane with major collaborations across key Australian and international sites.
The ALTG has a dedicated Screening and Diagnosis Working Group led by Fraser Brims and Matthew Peters. At the recent ALTG workshop in Melbourne the group met to continue discussions around study proposals to address some of the challenges of screening for lung cancer in Australia. Some of the issues and opportunities have been explored in an article in this month’s MJA written by Fraser Brims, Annette McWilliams and Kwun Fong titled “Lung cancer screening in Australia: progress or procrastination?”