Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Scientists Developing Blood Test to Detect Lung Cancer

An article was published yesterday on Voice Of America News regarding new developments in early detection for lung cancer. 

This is also an important topic for me, and one that is close to my heart. I lost my Grandpa in November of 2010 to lung cancer. 

He went to the doctor in February and his only symptom was shortness of breath.  They did a CT scan and it didn't show anything abnormal - he was told he had COPD and he was sent home .  In May they did another CT scan because he wasn't feeling any better and that's when they found the cancer.

My Grandpa was healthy for most of his life and was diagnosed in June 2010 with Stage IV Lung Cancer and died within 5 months.

Scientists are developing a blood test to detect lung cancer. According to the World Health Organization, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide, claiming an estimated 1.5 million lives each year. This blood test is similar to the CA 125 test for Ovarian Cancer in that it detects protein signatures.  They are hoping that they can develop the tests so doctors can use it on patients at risk for lung cancer within two years.

This is great news for early detection.

Blood Test for Early Lung Cancer Detection

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