We rely on our blood to test our cholesterol and other health problems.
Could lung cancer be next? “There’s no official recommendations on how to screen for lung cancer but this particular test, there’s a battery of different companies that working on these test,” says Dr. Sunil Pammi, a Lee Memorial Health System pulmonologist.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Since many patients are diagnosed in later stages, the quest to find a better screening method is key. “Its not just one protein or one specific thing we are looking for. But they are looking at a panel of proteins that get altered by tumor presence.”
Dr. Pammi adds it’s the body’s chemical makeup that could hold clues. “What they really do is look for different what we call biomarkers, or proteins that are in the blood. These markers can be affected by the presence of a tumor.” It’s these biomarkers that could lead to better detection. “That will probably put into some type of algorhythm on how to screen for a patient. Maybe with radiological guidance or not, but it’s still unsure what we are going to do with this test, but it’s very promising.
Along with blood tests, controversy still remains over whether or not CT-scans are influential in detecting lung cancer earlier.
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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.
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