ADVANCED LUNG CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD: MORE CASES OF LUNG CANCER ARE BEING DIAGNOSED AT ADVANCED STAGES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
CT scans should not be used to screen for lung cancer, recently revised guidelines state, but another study shows that more cases of lung cancer are being diagnosed when the disease is advanced and therefore, harder to treat. Rosalyn Jeurgens, a lung cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says this disconnect between advanced cases and use of CT is problematic.
JUERGENS: That continues to be an issue. Fortunately if you look thankfully we’ve started to come down with the number of cases we’re beginning to see, the number of men that we’re diagnosing with lung cancer has finally started to decrease in the last few years. Women is a whole other issue. Unfortunately we’ve come of age a little bit later than men with some of the liberties which unfortunately included smoking, and we really haven’t seen the peak of the damage that cigarette smoking back in the forties, fifties and sixties will have done to women as a gender. :31
Juergens says use of screening CT by people at high risk for lung cancer, such as smokers and former smokers, must be decided on a case by case basis. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.