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CT in Operating Room Allows More Precise Removal of Small Lung Cancers

CT in Operating Room Allows More Precise Removal of Small Lung Cancers | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A new technique that brings CT imaging into the operating room will allow surgeons to precisely demarcate and remove small sub-centimeter lung nodules, leaving as much healthy tissue as possible, according to a researcher. Lung cancer remains the deadliest cancer and a recent study indicated that screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans in smokers, who have certain risk factors, may decrease the number of deaths. Lung cancer screening with CT can detect many small lung lesions that can potentially be cancerous and should be removed surgically."

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ScienceDaily  |  Apr 30, 2014

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New Tool Helps to Tell Cancerous Lung Spots from Benign Ones

New Tool Helps to Tell Cancerous Lung Spots from Benign Ones | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Researchers have developed a 'risk calculator' that can identify with 90% accuracy whether spots or bumps (so-called 'nodules') detected by a CT (computed tomography) scan in high-risk individuals are indeed lung cancer or not. Prevention experts recommend annual low-dose lung CT scans for heavy smokers. However, these scans also detect many nodules that are not cancer and follow-up interventions can be costly and dangerous. The new risk calculation software uses several different factors, including the size of the nodule and its location in the lung; the patient’s age, sex, and family history; and more, to predict whether a given nodule is cancerous. Experts hope that this tool will reduce unnecessary follow-up procedures, while increasing early detection of lung cancer.

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Medical Xpress | Sep 4, 2013

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New Blood Test Distinguishes Between Benign and Cancerous Lung Growths

New Blood Test Distinguishes Between Benign and Cancerous Lung Growths | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Nodules (small, round growths) on the lung can be a sign of developing lung cancer; other times, they can be harmless. Distinguishing between these two possibilities currently requires invasive–and potentially dangerous–biopsies or surgery. A new blood test may help doctors determine the likelihood of a patient’s lung nodules being cancerous and warranting further follow-up. Instead of focusing on a single biomarker, the test measures relative levels of several 'cooperative' proteins that interact to influence cell growth and lung inflammation and play a role in lung cancer. In a study, the test was more than 90% accurate in detecting whether or not lung nodules were harmless.

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Medical Xpress | Oct 16, 2013

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