Blood Test May Point Out Lung Cancer Symptoms

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Lung Cancer Blood Test

Lung cancer remains the deadliest cancer, with 26,624 deaths in 2005, and affects mainly men (78% of 31 000 cases in 2005). However, mortality from lung cancer in humans decreases while increasing in women (+ 4.2% per year) at an alarming rate. The progression of lung cancer in women is in line with increase of smoking between 2000 and 2005.

The diagnosis of lung cancer is often long. The first symptoms of lung cancer that are shown by a scanner or a bronchial fibroscopy already give the disease the time it needs to develop. The average five-year survival is only around 15%.


The question of early detection of lung cancer may still be a subject to a surgical treatment. However, this may change. A company called BioSystems, which specializes in finding innovative cancer diagnostics, has worked on a blood test for detecting a tumor.

BioSystems identified thirteen specific antibodies in lung cancer, which "revealed a very good sensitivity, greater than 80%," says its CEO, Jean-Pierre Tirouflet, in Le Parisien on Monday. He recalled that "the PSA, which is only tested for prostate cancer, shows a sensitivity of 35%."

Tested in September at the hôpitel Avicennes Bobigny (Seine-Seint-Denis), this blood test for lung cancer diagnosis may be prescribed by doctors to smoking patients every six months. The blood test may not only serve as a means testing to find the early symptoms of lung cancer, but also as a means for prevention of the disease.

Written by Armen Hareyan
Source: Le Monde



My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2007 and passed away in May 2007. I wish there had been blood test like that at that time. However, since nobody smokes in our family, it's hard to know that she is at risk of the disease. The early symptoms, the she had phelgm and later persistent coughing, were not detected by her doctors. They thought she had allergy, cold, etc. They said Asian women are very susceptible to the disease even if they don't smoke. I think the blood test, once available, should be more widely applied to people who show certain minor symptoms, and not just for smokers.