Is chest XR best test for how you dealing with lung cancer?

No. Cxr is not very sensitive. The best test for screening is low dose ct scan. Best staging tests are ct scan and pet scan.
NO. A cat scan of the thorax is the best tool to identify small lung nodules. The diagnosis of cancer is made by a pathologist upon microscopic examination. As far as needle biopsy of a lung nodule is concerned, unless the biopsy is read as a cancer, a negative needle biopsy for cancer in a lung nodule does not rule out a lung cancer. Therefore a larger amount of tissue is often needed to establish dx.
No. Agree with dr. Cooke and others, chest x-ray is not very sensitive. Best choice for lung cancer screening in appropriate candidates is low dose ct scan. For best clinical staging, a combination of ct scan and pet scan and mediastinal node sampling (i.e. Bronchoscopic or medianstinoscopy). Surveillance during or after therapy is protocol driven with use of ct scans; other modalities if indicated.
No. A ct scan of the chest is the usual test that is done to determine the progression or regression of the cancer based on a measurement of the size of the cancer. These measurements are best done using ct scan images.
CT scan. There are now recommendations for lung cancer screening. However, screening should only be used in appropriate candidates. Http://goo. Gl/oqvsp.

Related Questions

Is there a screening test for lung cancer?

Maybe. The national lung screening trial (august new england journal of medicine) showed that screening chest ct in high risk patients (heavy smokers and older patients) reduced deaths from lung cancer by 20% compared to patients screened with plain x-ray alone. There will soon be specific guidelines on exactly who should under go routine chest ct screening.
There is, but it's. Use is controversial for a number of reasons. It's a spiral ct scan: the study screened >30k patients, found 4k 'lesions', but only 400 cancers. It exposes patients to radiation. It is costly. But it reduces mortality. The study looked at current and former smokers over 55 years of age. The more you have smoked, the more this makes sense. Insurers may not pay.
Maybe. There are now recommendations for lung cancer screening. However, screening should only be used in appropriate candidates. Http://www. Cancer. Net/publications-and-resources/what-know-ascos-guidelines/what-know-accp-and-asco-guideline-lung-cancer-screening/recommendations-lung-cancer-screening.
Yes. There are new recommendations from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct screening to detect lung cancer."up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years.".
New recommendations. Were just released from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct lung cancer screening: "up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years." talk with your doc.
Yes, Finally. Based on the pioneering work of Dr Claudia Henschke and the IELCAP lung cancer screening centers around the world, Low dose CT scanning has now been independently verified by a national trial to be the long awaited for "Lung cancer screening test". This will usher in an era where people at risk can be screened to detect lung cancers while early and curable. Without screening.

How can I request a test for lung cancer - and should I if I don't want it treated?

If you do not want. Treatment, why waste money getting tested. Have you considered whether you want burial or cremation? Need to make one of those choices. If you have greater than 35 pack years and are over 55, you are eligible for ct-screen. If you still smoke, lung cancer is not your only worry.

How do you test for lung cancer? What kind of tests do you need to have to check if you have lung cancer?

A. A lung cancer is typically visualized on a chest x-ray. However, since a chest x-ray is only two-dimensional and has a low resolution, it will miss small (or hidden, early stage) lung cancers. Eventually a more detailed type of 3d x-ray scan, called a ct chest scan, is needed to accurately visualize the anatomy of the lung cancer and extent of spread. Frequently, ct chest scans can be performed in conjunction with a type of nuclear medicine scan (e.g. Pet scan or bone scan), which can help identify if the tumor has spread to lymph nodes, distant organs or bones. After adequate visualization of the lung cancer, the only definitive way to prove that it is actually a cancer (and also to determine the type of cancer) is to obtain a biopsy. A pulmonologist can perform an outpatient procedure called a flexible bronchoscopy in which a fiber-optic probe is passed into the lung though the nose, and biopsy samples are obtained for diagnosis. Sometimes an interventional radiologist can direct a needle through the skin and chest wall under x-ray guidance to target the tumor and also obtain a biopsy. Another more invasive option is for a thoracic surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and stage of the lung cancer by performing surgical resection of the lung containing the tumor. In some cases, a special type of test called a mediastinoscopy can be used to obtained biopsies of lymph nodes in the chest. This is needed to accurately determine the stage of certain types of lung cancer, and therefore guide the correct therapy.
Imaging + Biopsy. Imaging: which can include ct, pet/ct or mri biopsy: any abnormality suspicious for lung cancer will require a biopsy to confirm. Sometimes sputum can be checked but the yield is not that great. For additional resource: http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/lung-cancer.
CT screening. If there is specific lesion, biopsies will need to be obtained. Ct scan is used to screen. Lung cancer is often silent until late. However, there is screening for appropriate candidates to help find it early. The following link may help: http://goo. Gl/oqvsp.

How concerned should I be if one of the blood test for early cdt lung cancer came back slightly elevated? It was the mage 4. Ct was clear

Don't worry. Screening tests are not perfect. The range of "normal" or "elevated" can be arbitrary. These tests are designed to be sensitive, which means that most people who have the disease will have a positive test, but if the marker is not specific enough for the disease, some people will have false positive tests. Normal chest ct is reassuring. Smoking cessation is always recommended to decrease risk.
There is no. Approved blood test for early detection of lung cancer. Ct's are approved for smokers and ex-smokers over 55. So, getting a blood test that scares you and then an expensive ct scan that is negative contributes to raising heath care costs and benefiting no one. Get a second opinion from a doctor that focuses on you, your benefit and not unproven expensive tests.

Family history lung cancer before 50. I'm 32 former smoker. Good age for low dose CT screen? I do not fit current screening requirements. Studies say I have 80% increase lc risk, scared!

I suggest 'No' You quit early. That's good. The early detection of lung cancer by ct scans hasn't decreased mortality rate much in heavy smokers and that makes me think what we're picking up is mostly little tiny very tame cancers that pose little risk. What I suggest you do instead is really get into fitness and health and understand that the screen probably isn't worth the risk. Ask your physician as well.
Low dose ct. Some hospitals are doing low dose ct screening on a cash pay basis. Cost @ $100. Check in your area.
Too early to screen. Fam hx of lung cancer in a first degree relative? Less concerning if it is not. Former smoker at 32? What is your pk/yr smoking history? Risk does not increase significantly over nonsmokers until > 10 pk/yr. Smoking assoc lung cancer is very rare before 45 yoa. If lc is in first degree relative & smoking hx >10 pk/yr and very concerned discuss with your PCP and get low dose CT at 45 then every 2 y.

I'm 43 non smoker just worried about lung cancer with a 3 on sed blood test CBC test good X-ray was clear with chest pain is lung cancer a worry?

Are you. Referring to the ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)? A value of 3 mm/hr is normal. Even if it was elevated, the ESR is a very nonspecific indicator of inflammation and other pathology, and could be elevated for numerous reasons. You are relatively young and a non smoker, the chances that your pain is due to lung cancer are extremely miniscule.