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Study suggests: Blood test can differentiate between benign lung nodules and early stage lung cancer
Date:10/19/2013

provision of clinical specimens from investigators and collaborators at Caprion Proteomics, the British Columbia Cancer Agency, ISB, the Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Quebec, the New York University Langone Medical Center and School of Medicine, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Current Procedure for Managing Lung Nodules

Each year millions of patients undergoing CT scans are found to have pulmonary nodules. Patients whose nodules are initially deemed likely to be benign are generally followed up by CT scans performed over a two-year interval. If the clinician's initial assessment of the patient's lung nodule is later found to be incorrect, then the cancers are usually discovered early in the follow up period and remain at an early enough stage for therapeutic intervention.

In contrast, when physicians initially assess their patient's nodule to have a higher probability of lung cancer, they often undergo biopsies or surgeries to identify cancer. However, these invasive procedures often end up identifying the nodules as benign or turn out to be non-diagnostic, meaning that many patients may undergo costly, invasive procedures that turn out to be unnecessary.


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