Study: CT Screening Cuts Lung Cancer Deaths


November 4, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The National Cancer Institute has released new results from a study of 50,000 current and former smokers that shows that there were 20 percent fewer deaths among smokers who were screened every year with spiral CT scans, compared to those who got standard x-rays. Drew Torigian, MD, assistant professor of Radiology, is quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer in an Associated Press article about the study. In an interview with 6 ABC, John Kucharczuk, MD, associate professor of Surgery, said that an early diagnosis can triple the survival rate. Dr. Kucharczuk said, "We think this will revolutionize our treatment of patients with lung cancer, because we'll be able to find them early." However, Dr. Torigian, the principal investigator of the trial at Penn, said some further analysis of the results is needed. "The reduction in deaths did not mean CT screening would make sense on a large scale," he says. "Right now, all they've released is the benefits. There are still a lot of analysis to be done to know if this will be a practical too." CBS 3 also covered the story. READ MORE

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