LUNG CANCER AND CT
ANCHOR LEAD: DOES CT SCREENING REDUCE LUNG CANCER DEATHS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Lung cancer can be detected when tumors are still quite small using CT, but so far, catching cancer early hasn’t resulted in fewer deaths due to the disease. Julie Brahmer, a lung cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says more data must be collected.
BRAHMER: I think it probably will translate into longer survival but the question is does it decrease deaths due to lung cancer? When you’re looking at a screening tool the goal of a screening tool is to decrease the deaths due to cancer. And so while we may pick up disease early the question is do people not die of their lung cancer. Certainly we are making those patients live longer but the true question is are those patients not dying of lung cancer, and it just takes a while though, for us to follow patients and to truly see what is the mortality due to lung cancer? :31
Progress continues to be made in the treatment of lung cancer and catching tumors early has historically proven to be beneficial in other types of cancer. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.