Diagnosis of lung cancer – improving survival rates

ATHEY, V. L., TOD, A. M., SUCKLING, R. and ROGERS, T. K. (2010). Diagnosis of lung cancer – improving survival rates. European oncology, 6 (2), 26-30.


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Lung cancer is a major global health burden with high incidence rates but poor long-term survival. Currently, the majority of cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage when surgical resection is not feasible. Screening for lung cancer has been a major focus of research for the last 40 years. Despite this, there is still a lack of evidence to promote its use outside clinical trials. More recently, interest has focused on promoting earlier recognition of symptomatic disease among both the general public and primary care physicians in order to encourage more timely investigation and referral to secondary care. The hope is that this approach may increase the proportion of disease identified in the early tages, allowing more surgical resections and improved five-year survival rates. This article provides an overview of the current evidence base in terms of early diagnosis of lung cancer and provides some examples of innovations to promote this.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the authors' final version of an article published in European oncology, presented here with the permission of the publisher Touch Briefings.
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 13:28
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 17:29
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2529

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