EarlyCDT®-Lung is a convenient blood test that aids in risk assessment and the early detection of lung cancer in high-risk, asymptomatic patients. The key advantage of EarlyCDT-Lung is its ability to help detect risk of lung cancer earlier, and with higher specificity, than CT, the standard diagnostic imaging test.3,4,5
- EarlyCDT-Lung measures seven autoantibodies to aid in the detection of lung cancer.
- EarlyCDT-Lung can aid in the risk assessment and early detection of lung cancer in moderate and high risk patients.
- EarlyCDT-Lung can detect lung cancers before they are visible by CT.³
Learn more about the benefits of the EarlyCDT-Lung Test by watching this brief video.
Why Get Tested?
Lung cancer is the most common cancer in men and the fourth most common cancer in women (12.7% of the world’s total cancer incidence in 2008). It is the number one cancer killer in all ethnic groups (27% of all cancer deaths in the U.S.), as it is usually only detected after symptoms appear, when the disease is in its latest stages. If lung cancer is detected at stages I-II, survival rate triples from 16% to 54%.1,2
Used in conjunction with diagnostic imaging, EarlyCDT®-Lung has the potential to aid in the identification of lung cancer at a very early stage when treatment can be most successful (Figure 2).
STEP 1 – Get Tested
Most lung cancers have already spread widely and are at an advanced stage when they are first found. These advanced lung cancers are very hard to cure. Early screening for lung cancer in people at high risk of developing the disease can help find some of these cancers early, which can lower the risk of dying from this disease. Being able to assess risk for lung cancer would help patients and their doctors gauge the risks/benefits of lung cancer screening and/or prevention efforts (i.e., smoking cessation, dietary/lifestyle modifications, chemoprevention).2
STEP 2 – Understand Your Results
Arrange an appointment to discuss your results and risk score with your medical practitioner. Together you and your doctor can determine if you should have further screenings like a low-dose CT scan.
STEP 3– Follow Your Doctor’s Plan
It is critical that you follow your medical provider's advice, which may include further screening and smoking cessation programs.
About Lung Cancer
Each year, lung cancer kills nearly 160,000 Americans— taking more lives than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and skin cancers combined.2 When lung cancer is caught early, 54% of patients survive for 5 years or more.3 But because this disease has no early symptoms, it is usually detected when the cancer has already spread and chances of survival are slim. 85% of lung cancers are diagnosed late-stage.2 EarlyCDT®-Lung can help.
At least 80% of all lung cancer deaths are thought to result from smoking, and this number is probably even higher for small cell lung cancer.1
High-risk individuals are ideal candidates for this test and fall into the following categories:
- Long-term smokers and ex-smokers (20 pack years or more) typically between the ages of 50 and 75 years old
- 45-49-year-old individuals with 20-45 pack year history and 2 additional risk factors (see below)
- 45-49-year-old smokers/ex-smokers with > 45 pack year history and one additional risk factor (see below)
- 40-44-year-old smokers/ex-smokers with >45 pack year history and two additional risk factors (see below)
- Patients with indeterminate pulmonary nodules
Additional risk factors include:
- Immediate family history
- Emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Environmental exposures (radon, asbestos, coal products, radioactive substances)
Lung cancer is usually asymptomatic in its early stages. Symptoms of advanced disease are different in each person, but may include:6
- A cough that doesn’t go away and gets worse over time
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood or bloody phlegm
- Chest pain
- Voice change or hoarseness
- Frequent lung infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
- Bone or joint pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Redness and swelling of the upper body
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