Lung cancer breath test could be effective screening tool

When it comes to treating cancer, early detection and treatment are critical to success. Screening guidelines exist for a wide variety of cancers, with breast, colon, and skin cancer being among the more well known and performed screenings. Some forms of cancer are harder to diagnose than others.

As our knowledge and technology continues to develop, we will hopefully have more and more screening options available to for a variety of cancers. A recent example of such a development is a straightforward breath test which apparently can help identify chemical compounds indicating the presence of lung cancer. The test used in the study is not approved by the FDA, but it may be someday. The cost is reportedly quite low, which would make it accessible to the public. 

More research needs to be conducted on the breath test to determine its efficacy as a screening tool. What is promising about the testing method, though, is that it promises greater accuracy than many existing screening tests for lung cancer. Many of these screening tests have less than ideal efficacy in terms of quickly detecting cancerous tissue, though some testing methods are better than others.

Physicians, particularly those who are cancer specialists, use various assessments and tests to evaluate a patient’s risk and condition. Physicians are expected to carefully monitor their patient’s condition and symptoms and refer to cancer specialists or order screening tests when appropriate.

In our next post, we’ll keep looking at this issue, and what patients need to do when they are harmed by a physician’s failure to take appropriate steps to address cancer diagnostics. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Free Consultations | No Fee Unless We Win

Email us or call us at 866-585-1076 to discuss your medical malpractice case. There is no cost, no obligation and never a fee unless we are successful. You have nothing to lose by learning your rights and options today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Request a Free Consult

Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold Street, Suite 4200
Detroit, MI 48226

Toll Free: 866-585-1076
Phone: 313-447-0634
Fax: 313-961-5985
Detroit Office Map

Ohio Office
315 East Main Street
Suite A
Ottawa, OH 45875

Phone: 269-220-3379
Ohio Office Map