Kaiser Permanente Receives Grant to Monitor Smokers for Potentially Cancerous Growths

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute recently awarded Kaiser Permanente $14.4 million to compare strategies for active surveillance of current and former smokers to scan for potentially cancerous small growths in the lungs. Beginning April 1, the five-year study will compare more intensive versus less intensive protocols for monitoring these pulmonary nodules. Michael K. Gould, M.D., M.S., of Kaiser Permanente Southern California is leading the study as principal investigator.