In the arena of lung cancer, new researches and studies are being carried out all around the world to help the patients in its early detection and timely cure. One of the biggest factors that are responsible for its successful cure is the treatment of lung cancer at an early stage. In most of the cases, cancer is diagnosed at a later stage and thus, the treatment options get limited and hence, the survival rates. Thus, it is essential to find lung cancer in its early stage to prevent worsening health conditions and death. Can a blood test detect lung cancer at an early stage? Chinese scientists claim to have developed a way for lung cancer detection using blood test. The study results are promising with 90% accuracy in detecting cancerous tumors in the samples.
The blood test called Lung Cancer Artificial Intelligence Detector (LCAID) has been developed by researchers at Peking University People’s Hospital in China. In this new study, the researchers showed that LCAID can detect early stage of lung cancer and lower the mortality risk of patients with 90% accuracy. The team has performed lung plasma lipidomic profiling and they examined the lipids from plasma in the blood test. Also, they were able to find dysregulation in lipids in patients with early stage lung cancer. They conducted a series of tests and created nine biomarkers that run high among lung cancer patients. This data was then used to create artificial intelligence algorithm.
The lead author of study, Jun Wang, chief of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Peking University Peoples Hospital, told, “The accuracy and high specificity of LCAID might help improve the detection and screening of lung cancer and consequently reduce unnecessary exposure to radiation and invasive diagnostic procedures. Notably, most patients with lung cancer included in this study were at Stage I, and over 90% of them were correctly classified by LCAID.” The results of the study were published in Science Translational Medicine.
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