Patients at Risk of Lung Cancer May Benefit from CT Screening

Patients at Risk of Lung Cancer May Benefit from CT Screening

Verna L. Rose

(84th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America) Persons who smoke and those who are former smokers age 60 and older may benefit from computed tomography (CT) screening for lung cancer, according to preliminary results of a study at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and New York University Medical Center funded by the National Institutes of Health. One thousand smokers and former smokers were screened in the Early Lung Cancer Action Program. Twenty-two cancers were detected by CT scanning. Of those cancers, 17 (77 percent) were in the early stage and not visible on chest radiographs. The investigators believe that CT screening of persons at risk for lung cancer could save lives, but long-term follow-up assessing cure rate and cost is necessary before a national screening program can be recommended.-claudia i. henschke, m.d., ph.d., et al., New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, New York City.

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