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Trial seeks improved lung-cancer screening by combining imaging and biomarkers
Date:5/3/2012

amatically improves a patient's curative treatment options. Five-year survival for patients with advanced, stage IV disease is only 1 percent, while those whose cancer is detected early at stage I have a 70 to 80 percent of surviving five years. Five year-survival of all lung cancer in the United States is only 16 percent, because the disease is usually detected at an advanced stage when it becomes symptomatic.

"Early detection of cancer could dramatically improve survival and reduce the terrible toll it takes on people today," said Debra Dyer, MD, radiologist at National Jewish Health and co-principal investigator on the study. "We believe this study may demonstrate an effective method for doing just that."

The trial will screen 1,600 participants over 4 years. They will receive both the EarlyCDT-Lung blood test and a low-dose CT scan at no charge. Particpants need to be 50-75 years of age, have a smoking history of at least 20 pack-years (equivalent to a pack a day for 20 years), and be a current or former smoker who quit fewer than 10 years ago. Those who have a history of cancer other than skin cancer, serious illness that limits their life expectancy to less than 5 years, or currently use oxygen to breathe are not eligible for the study.


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Contact: William Allstetter
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303-398-1002
National Jewish Health
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