The simple low-dose CT scan radiation can help the doctors to reduce the rate of lung cancer by detecting at an early stage.
FREMONT, CA: In the last few years, the treatment options of advanced lung cancer have developed immensely. However, it still can kill more Americans in comparison with the prostate, breast, and colon cancers. Yet, the patients who are diagnosed at an early stage have the chance of getting cured.
In several trials, it has been seen that the people having severe smoking history needs a straightforward low-dose radiation chest CT scan, and it can help to save their life. It can be a thrilling experience with the evidence where doctors can see that they can successfully save a life if cancer is detected at an early stage. Earlier, the detection of early-stage lung cancer was mostly achieved by chance because most of the time, the tiny lung tumors are silent and asymptomatic. The small opportunity to detect lung cancer even before it has developed provides lung cancer patients with a ray of hope to advance.
Even though the advancement has been achieved in lung care but even less than 5 percent of the eligible patients are ready to go through with the potentially life-saving screening. However, the screening is not suitable for every patient, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have already set a yardstick that allows the asymptomatic current or former smokers among the age of 55 and 77 to take the screening.
The criteria can be stringent, but the risk of lung cancer in smokers is more before they reach the age of 30 with a pack a day. The CMS has put a limitation on the screening by keeping the highest level of risk population so that they can replicate the criteria of government trials. Therefore, if stage 1 of a lung cancer gets detected, then the chances of curing the patients' increases by 90 percent, but to do that technology, has to be efficient, and efforts have to be intensified.