ACR Lung Cancer Screening Podcast

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Steering Committee has partnered with the National Lung Cancer Roundtable to create a new podcast titled Pleural Space | Conversations in Lung Cancer, featuring candid and casual conversations about the work being done in lung cancer and health equity with the people doing that work.

Building on the insights of our last season, "The Power of Partnerships," this new season delves into the distinct challenges faced by established programs, clinicians, researchers, and advocates in the realm of lung cancer. Having conquered the first hurdle, join us as we explore uncharted territories and push boundaries in our ongoing mission to elevate lung cancer screening rates. Welcome to Season 3 – a journey of expanding horizons!

Season 3: Lung Cancer 201 Expanding Horizons

Creating Screening Opportunities Pt. 1: Leveraging the Breast

Our fourth installment of the “Expanding Horizons" series is part one of a two-part discussion on creating screening opportunities. In part one, discover how lung screening can draw from the success of mammography in promoting early detection and improving outcomes for lung cancer patients. 


Referring Providers and Lung Screening

As we advance in our "Expanding Horizons" series, come and join us as we explore the core components that underpin early detection, specifically focusing on referring providers and their critical role in this process.


The Glue: Navigators in Lung Cancer

Welcome back to our Lung Cancer 201: Expanding Horizons series. In this episode, we delve into the critical role of lung cancer navigators—the glue that holds together any comprehensive lung cancer program. So, what is the role of a navigator in a lung cancer setting? Join us while we sit down with four incredible and experienced navigators who are transforming the landscape of lung cancer care.


The Power of Data

In this first episode, Dr. Ella Kazerooni sits down with Dr. Robert Smith and Dr. Gerard Silvestri to discuss advances in the lung cancer space in 2022, including the "One Million Screens" paper, the benefits of the roundtable model, and National Lung Cancer Screening Day.

Past Season Episodes

Season 2: Power of Partnership

Thoracic Surgery and the Modern Paradigm for Screening Nodule Management

To wrap up our “Power of Partnerships” series, Douglas Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd has a conversation about the thoracic surgeon’s role in lung cancer screening with his surgical colleagues, Leah Backhus, MD, MPH, FACS; Tom Varghese, MD, MS; and Farhood Farjah, MD, MPH, FACS. They discuss the surgeon’s role in screening programs, evaluating nodules from a surgical perspective, and how to avoid harm and minimize unnecessary surgery for patients without cancer.


Reaching Vulnerable Populations

Continuing the focus on patients, Efrén J. Flores, MD, speaks with Chi-Fu Jeffrey Yang, MD, Alexandra L. Potter, and Angela Zhou from the American Lung Cancer Screening Initiative (ALSCI) about outreach to populations vulnerable to lung cancer that are underserved in lung screening. This includes identifying how stigma is a barrier, finding ways to establish education and trust in communities typically distrustful of the medical establishment, and interdisciplinary approaches to cancer screening.


Patients Are Looking for a Community: How Lung Cancer Advocacy Works

For 2022's National Patient Recognition Week, Elridge Proctor, MPA, of the Go2 Foundation sits down with Heidi Onda, MHE, and Pierre Onda, MD, MPH, of the White Ribbon Project and Nichelle Stigger from LUNGevity to discuss how they went from patient to patient advocates and ways those without lung cancer can use their voices for change.


Patient and Family Centered Care in Lung Cancer

Debra Dyer, MD, FACR, and experienced patient advocates Rhonda Meckstroth and Gina Hollenbeck, BSN, talk about shifting lung cancer from a more quantitative perspective to a patient and family centered one, including changing the face of lung cancer and how medicine can further support patients beginning immediately post diagnosis.


Lung Cancer Screening and the Veteran Experience: Past, Present and Future

Nichole Tanner, MD, MCSR, nurse practitioner Shannon Magee, FNP, and experienced patient advocate Jim Pantelas discuss the unique challenges of treating lung cancer through the Veterans Administration hospital system, and the support provided to veterans pre- and post-diagnosis.


Social Determinants of Health and Lung Cancer Care and Control

Ruth Carlos, MD, MS, FACR, Lucy Spalluto, MD, MPH, and patient advocate Andrea Borondy-Kitts, discuss social determinants of health and how they affect lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, including what disparities currently exist, how policy changes could reduce those disparities and how you can help.


Stigma and Nihilism in Lung Cancer Care and Control (Part 1)

Jamie L. Studts PhD, FSBM, and experienced patient advocates Jill Feldman and Jim Pantelas discuss stigma surrounding lung cancer from internal and external sources and the work being done to combat stigma.


Stigma and Nihilism in Lung Cancer Care and Control (Part 2)

Jamie L. Studts, PhD, FSBM, continues the conversation about stigma and nihilism from a clinician scientist perspective with Jamie S. Ostroff, PhD, and Lisa Carter-Harris, MD, PhD, APRN, ANP-C, FAAN, including how language contributes to stigma and the new International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) language guide.

Season 1: Mythbusting Lung Cancer Screening