Medical Practice Technical Challenges

Lung

From Nodules To Cancer: Multidisciplinary Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach

21-M08
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May 28th 2021 - May 29th 2021
COURSE COORDINATORS
António Bugalho (MD, PhD)
COURSE PRESENTATION
Lung nodules are common findings in clinical practice. Every year, millions of individuals worldwide are diagnosed with pulmonary nodules on imaging studies and this number is expected to rise with broader implementation of lung cancer, low-dose CT screening.

The majority of lung nodules are incidental findings and remain indeterminate at imaging. Their correct evaluation and management are of major relevance in order to minimize unnecessary procedures and optimize the diagnosis of early-stage lung cancer, which may provide a curative intervention.

This introductory course is designed to offer a comprehensive state-of-the-art approach to the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary nodules. It aims to increase knowledge and skills in this specific, challenging, and dynamic field of medicine. The learning units are focused on screening, imaging, diagnosis, staging, and multimodality management. This includes surgery, radiation, systemic and targeted-therapy. Participants will be able to review concepts, acquire up-to-date scientific information and practical tips, to efficiently and accurately diagnose and treat patients with pulmonary nodules in daily practice.
TARGET AUDIENCE
Radiologists, Pulmonologists, Thoracic Surgeons, Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Pathologists, Nuclear Medicine specialists, residents, and trainees, with a special interest in pulmonary nodules.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES >> KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO DEVELOP
  1. To know the epidemiology, aetiology and differential diagnosis of lung nodules
  2. To describe different imaging modalities to assess lung nodules and calculate pre-test probability of malignancy
  3. To acknowledge patient eligibility criteria and specific requirements for the implementation of a lung cancer screening program
  4. To summarize international guidelines regarding initial evaluation and follow-up of lung nodules
  5. To recognize current methods and guidelines for diagnosis, staging and treatment of lung cancer
  6. To identify the state-of-the-art tools, techniques, indications, contraindications, advantages and limitations of each diagnostic, staging and therapeutic modality in clinical practice
  7. To understand the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to pulmonary nodules and smoking cessation.
ADMISSION CRITERIA
  • Academic background in the mentioned specialties
  • CV and motivation letter


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