Approximately 35,000 new cases of cancer occur in military veterans each year; cancer is the second leading cause of death among military veterans. According to the late Rear Admiral Philip J. Coady, USN, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lung Cancer Alliance, “lung cancer is an urgent priority among veterans.
This activity will provide education for clinicians on the incidence and prevalence of lung cancer in military veterans as well as the demographic/risk factors associated with this patient population to make appropriate clinical and management decisions with the patient. Because clinicians who work in VA facilities may not realize the importance of patient engagement and SDM with veterans and their caregivers, education will also be provided to assist clinicians in engaging military veterans in treatment decisions using SDM approaches and prioritizing the timeliness of care, coordination of care, screening, and access to palliative care for military veterans. VIEW THIS ACTIVITY