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Screening and Testing to Detect Cancer: Lung Cancer

Researchers are working on developing effective methods to screen for lung cancer. Several lung cancer screening methods being studied include tests of sputum (mucus brought up from the lungs by coughing), chest x-rays, and spiral (helical) CT scans. Currently neither chest x-rays or sputum tests have been shown to be effective screening methods. However, screening with low-dose spiral CT scans has been shown to decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer in heavy smokers. 

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Lung Cancer Screening Summary

Clinical Trials to Screen for Lung Cancer

The list below shows clinical trials for lung cancer screening in NCI’s list of cancer clinical trials that are now enrolling participants. The list of clinical trials can be refined by location and other features.

Research About Lung Cancer Screening