Navigation Links
Scans Aid in Early Lung Cancer Detection

Computerized chest scans that screen smokers for lung cancer can save lives, similar to the way in which mammograms are used to scan women for breast cancer,// according to a recent US study.

The study found that people in whom lung tumors were detected early by CT scans and removed had an estimated 10-year survival rate of 92% which is comparatively better than the roughly 70% who typically survive, and a lot better than the dismal 5% who survive that long after the disease has spread beyond the lungs.

"It gives us greater confidence that screening may offer advantages in saving lives from lung cancer," said Dr Robert Smith, director of screening at the American Cancer Society, which, in addition to other groups funded the study.

Lung cancer has been found to be the world's top cancer killer. Around one million people worldwide will be diagnosed with it this year with most of them doomed to die, mainly because the disease is found too late for treatment to do much good. In the 1970s studies showed that screening smokers with regular X-rays did not improve lung cancer survival. However this changed with the development of CT scans in the 1990s.

A new study by Dr Claudia Henschke is reported in the New England Journal of Medicine today. Several researchers around the world screened 31,567 people at high risk of lung cancer.

Screenings of the participants were done between 1993 and 2005, with the vast majority having had repeated screenings a year later. Some 13% of those initially screened and 5% who had repeated screenings were found to have suspicious spots. Biopsies were performed on 535 patients; 484 were diagnosed with lung cancer, including 412 in the early stage. Most had surgery or chemotherapy and eight were untreated.

On calculating survival probability, researchers estimated that a 10-year survival rate, regardless of when the cancer was diagnosed or the type of treatment, was 80% with this incre asing to 88% if the cancer was detected in an early stage, and 92% if such patients had surgery within a month of diagnosis.

The eight untreated patients all died within five years of diagnosis.

Following these results the Lung Cancer Alliance is urging doctors to regularly screen patients for lung cancer. President Laurie Fenton said, "This is the most important breakthrough for the lung cancer community that has ever happened."
NLA
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Brain Scans Help Predict Alzheimers Disease
2. PET Scans Found To Reveal Hidden Cancers
3. CT Scans Found To Increase The Risk Of Cancer
4. CT Scans Said to Accurately Detect Small Cancers
5. CT Scans Found To Do More Harm Than Good
6. Radiologists Find New CT Scans Useful
7. Consultant Radiologist, Apologized For Misreporting Breast Cancer Scans
8. PET Scans Could Predict Treatment Outcomes In Cancer
9. PET Scans Help In Monitoring Progress of Lung Inflammation
10. Research Scans Explain Why People Crave For Food
11. Hidden Mysteries Of The Universe - US Telescope Scans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s longest running and impressive garden and home show ... to see the most incredible gardens and home improvement experts that attend this amazing ... Center - 700 14th St. Denver CO, is an exciting event that Performance Mobility ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... Inc., will be speaking on how healthcare companies can use newly released government ... the health of a population and intervene and capture the value they create ...
(Date:2/7/2016)... Metamora, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... February 07, 2016 ... ... pelvic organ prolapse with the latest techniques and the most minimally invasive approaches. ... pelvic organ prolapse, particularly after menopause. Other risk factors include surgery to the ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... FOR INFORMATION: ... AORN SURGICAL CONFERENCE & EXPO , WHAT:     , This conference is the ... perioperative nurses in attendance to study the latest evidence-based recommendations and resources ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... Pekin, IL (PRWEB) , ... February 06, 2016 ... ... the recovery phases of eating disorder treatment helps to reduce the frequency and ... “Tasks of the Recovery Phase: Re-Establishing Healthy Identity and Purpose,” will explore the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... DIEGO , Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/--  Cell ... announced that advanced tissue-engineering services are now available ... a groundbreaking new three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting approach called ... 3D Bio Printer , a state-of-the-art robotic system ... has created a powerful pay-for-service bio-printing model that ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016 ... addition of the "Label-Free Detection Market ... to 2020" report to their offering. ... the addition of the "Label-Free Detection ... Forecasts to 2020" report to their ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Pharma Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Yoshihiko Hatanaka ... as president, Americas Operations, for Astellas US LLC, with responsibility ... America , effective April 1, 2016.  Robinson previously served ... the United States -- a role ... who is retiring in June 2016.  --> ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: