Friday, March 9, 2007

Study Shows No Benefits from Lung Cancer CT Scans

Article in the Washington Post -- Lung Cancer Study Says CT Scans Yield No Benefits.  The lack of any benefits from lung cancer CT scans would suggest that they would be of no use in any proposed medical monitoring claims.  Here's an excerpt from the article:

A new study suggests that screening smokers and former smokers for lung cancer with CT scans does not save lives or prevent the disease to advance, and may lead to unneeded and harmful treatment.

Some experts have hoped that the scans will prevent lung cancer deaths by getting people into treatment earlier. But there has been no convincing evidence of that. Without that evidence, the American Cancer Society does not recommend the test, which costs $300 to $400. Most insurance firms do not cover it.


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