Head, Neck and Lung Cancer Screening: Study Shows Coupling Scans Could Improve Early Detection, Survival

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute recently completed a study that indicates combining head and neck cancer screenings with recommended lung cancer screenings may improve early detection and survival.

The study, published in the journal Cancer, analyzed the records of 3,587 current and former smokers aged 50 and older, to determine if they had an increased risk of developing head and neck cancer. Among the participants, the rate of those expected to develop head and neck cancer was 71.4 cases per 100,000 people.

The results provide rationale for a national clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of coupling head and neck screenings to lung screening programs. The team from UPCI is expected to design a national trial that would further investigate the combined screenings affect on mortality rates.

You can read more about the study in Medical News Today. And if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a type of head and neck cancer or lung cancer, contact us to find out if you may be a candidate for CyberKnife®.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.