News Headline: Local Doctors Work To Catch Lung Cancer In Earliest Stages
Outlet Full Name: NBC4i
Author Name: Denise Yost
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Early diagnosis is the name of the game in surviving lung cancer. Now, there’s a new tool to help doctors diagnose patients at cancer’s earliest stages.
Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center looks at the lungs of hundreds of patients who get CT scans. But a specific group of smokers, at high risk of lung cancer are getting screened before having any symptoms of the disease.
“So when we get these scans, we look for a spot, COPD or emphysema,” Nan-Sinkam said.
Often patients with lung cancer are diagnosed when it’s too late and treatment options are limited.
But the screening could help catch lung cancer before it spreads.
“It can make a major difference. Major studies have shown it can have a reduction in 15 to 20 percent mortality in lung cancer,” Nan-Sinkam said.
The testing is currently for high-risk patients, those who have been heavy smokers for a long time, ages 55 to 74. The day could come when doctors could broaden the group.
“Ultimately, our goal would be to make lung cancer screening widespread in academic centers and eventually community centers,” Nan-Sinkam said.
Currently, the five-year survival rate for lung cancer is just 15 percent, compared to a rate of more than 90 percent for breast, colon and prostate cancers.
But the screening could lead down the road of eventually catching lung cancer before it’s too late.
The screenings are open to anyone in the high-risk, long-term smoker category. The screenings are conducted every other Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and cost $99.
Anyone interested can call 1-800-293-5066.