Can a genetic test of my lung cancer help with my treatment?

A new genetic test of small lung tumors can help identify highly aggressive lung cancer at a very early stage, according to a study released at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. This test can help physicians offer a personalized cancer prognosis to patients with lung cancer. Because of new lung cancer computed tomography (CT) screening guidelines, the number of small tumors found will likely increase, making a method to identify high-risk patients vitally important.

Early detection of lung tumors through low-dose CT screening, combined with a reliable test that can identify highly aggressive tumors that benefit from individualized treatments, will help decrease deaths from lung cancer -- the leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

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