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WHY PERFORM THE LUNG CANCER DIAGNOSIS AT BARNACLÍNIC+?

Experiencia en diagnóstico precoz del cáncer de pulmón

EXPERIENCE

Our team of professionals has extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of lung cancer​​​​​​.

Investigación en cribaje del cáncer de pulmón

RESEARCH

Some of the leading clinical studies on the early diagnosis of lung cancer have relied on our experts and/or have been led from the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Tecnología para el diagnóstico del cáncer de pulmón

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

For the early detection of lung cancer, we use the latest technology available within the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona Group. Diagnostic imaging tests are quick and painless, and offer the greatest precision in the shortest time.

Equipo diagnóstico del cáncer de pulmón

MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM

The team responsible for lung cancer screening is made up of professionals from different disciplines who work together to offer a better service. Specialists in pulmonology, thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiology and nuclear medicine are at your service to offer the best possible diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

Tratamiento personalizado para el cáncer de pulmón

PERSONALISED TREATMENT

Should any abnormality be found in the lung cancer detection tests, the treatment would be implemented immediately. At barnaclínic+, we have well-defined protocols for each type of tumour. A multidisciplinary treatment plan that combines surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, depending on the case. In addition, our team includes experts in smoking cessation to help smokers to kick their habit. Finally, it should be noted that our surgical team has the best results in terms of long-term survival and post-surgical complication rates.

WHO SHOULD BE SCREENED FOR LUNG CANCER?

The type of person who should consider early screening for lung cancer is:

· Smoker over 40 years old

· Smoker or former smoker who has stopped smoking in the last 15 years

· Anyone diagnosed with emphysema and/or abnormal lung function

Dr. Àlvar Agustí

"Lung cancer is curable. To do so, it needs to be diagnosed in the early stages of the disease, when it can be surgically removed. Unfortunately, this only happens in a small minority of patients as, in the early stages, lung cancer is mostly asymptomatic"

Dr. Àlvar Agustí

WHAT DOES THE EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF LUNG CANCER CONSIST OF?

The early diagnosis of lung cancer, which is valid for 2-3 years, consists of a series of tests to detect any malignant nodules in the lungs early. The diagnostic process begins with a visit to the pulmonologist, followed by a series of tests for respiratory function and a low-intensity chest CT scan.

In the low-dose CT, up to 40% of smokers present with benign nodules. In light of this, a follow-up visit will be scheduled at 3/6 months, where another CT scan may be performed. After 2 years, a new visit and a control CT scan will be scheduled.

In the case of active smokers, the same process will be followed and the smoking cessation programme will start immediately. If, at some point in the process, lung cancer is detected, the most appropriate oncological treatment will be implemented (surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy).

Fase 1 diagnóstico del cáncer de pulmón

PHASE 1

  1. Appointment with the pulmonologist
  2. Tests for respiratory function
  3. Low-dose chest CT scan
  4. Follow-up visit
Fase 2 Diagnóstico Cáncer de pulmón

PHASE 2 (AFTER 2 YEARS)

  1. Appointment with the pulmonologist
  2. Tests for respiratory function
  3. 2nd low-dose chest CT scan

LUNG CANCER DETECTION TESTS

Prueba Diagnóstico cáncer de pulmón 1

TESTS FOR RESPIRATORY FUNCTION

The main test for respiratory function in the early diagnosis of lung cancer is spirometry. This test allows respiratory system disorders to be detected. Depending on the patient, a plethysmography, a lung diffusion test, a walk test or a stress test may also be required. 

Prueba diagnóstico cáncer de pulmón 2

LOW-DOSE CHEST CT SCAN

A Chest CT scan is a type of imaging test that generates multiple cross-sectional images of the chest using X-rays. A low-dose CT scan offers high-resolution images and, therefore, greater precision in diagnosing nodules in the lung, using 90% less radiation than a conventional chest CT scan. 

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EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF LUNG CANCER IN FIGURES

· Every year, more than 23,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer

· The main cause of lung cancer is tobacco, with 95% of patients being smokers or ex-smokers

· Currently, only 15% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive at five years

· 75% of patients diagnosed with lung cancer have advanced stage disease

· The early diagnosis of lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan allows lung cancer to be diagnosed in its early stages, early treatment to be proposed and 10-year mortality to be reduced by 26% in men and 61% in women

· Patients diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer have an 85% survival rate at 5 years, compared to an overall survival rate for lung cancer of around 15%

· 40% of smokers or ex-smokers present with benign pulmonary nodules on a chest CT scan


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