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One of a Kind People Powered CT Donation Program For Lung Cancer Research Expands
Date:12/3/2013

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) and Siemens Healthcare announce the national expansion of Give A Scan, the first CT donation program that allows people to donate directly to lung cancer research, by asking patients and their loved ones to Give A Scan. This program allows lung cancer patients and the people who love them, as well as those at risk, to donate their computed tomography (CT) scans along with any information they are willing to give about family cancer history, smoking history, exposure to other cancer-causing agents and treatment regimens.

"There is no other resource like this," said Lung Cancer Alliance President and CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose. "It is a landmark development in our people-powered war on lung cancer that will advance research while empowering our community. Those who participate will be helping save lives."

The donated CT scans are stripped of personal identifiers and then put on the Give a Scan website along with the donated clinical data in open access and at no charge to researchers around the world. The goal is to allow people to directly impact research and speed up the development of more effective diagnostic tools and treatments – the types of tools that can contribute to improvements in lung cancer survival rates.1,2

"With all the innovative treatments developed over the last two decades, lung cancer's survival rates are still only 16% - a mere 3% above where it was almost 40 years ago when the "War on Cancer" was launched," said Greg Sorensen, MD, CEO of Siemens Healthcare.  "If deployed properly – a CT scan – has the potent
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