A New Way to Test for Lung Cancer

A New Way to Test for Lung Cancer

 Date Obtained: 3/23/17 URL: http://www.trbimg.com/img-58d13592/turbine/sc-blood-test-spots-lung-cancer-health-0412-20-001/1150/1150x647  Credit: Getty Images

Date Obtained: 3/23/17
URL: http://www.trbimg.com/img-58d13592/turbine/sc-blood-test-spots-lung-cancer-health-0412-20-001/1150/1150x647
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A new study done in San Francisco has shown that a simple blood test can detect the presence of lung cancer as many as 6 months before a CT or PET scan can. The blood tests, taken before treatment (of which included chemotherapy and radiation), during treatment, and 6 times over 2 years after the treatment, check for higher levels of tumorous cells. This is terrific news for lung cancer survivors as their survival rate increases the earlier the new tumor developments are caught and treated.

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