To the Editor We applaud Harris and colleagues1 for their clearly organized taxonomy of potential harms associated with low-dose computed tomographic screening for lung cancer, which includes “psychological harms” as 1 of 4 categories. The authors point out that patients undergoing surveillance for a screening-detected indeterminate nodule are exposed to a prolonged state of uncertainty but comment that there is limited evidence about the associated psychological harms.
Wiener RS, Slatore CG. Real-World Evidence About Potential Psychosocial Harms of Lung Cancer Screening. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(8):1416. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.1643