The role of imaging in the diagnosis of symptomatic lung cancer

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Project Summary

Lung cancer is a leading cause of death world wide.  In the UK survival for patients diagnosed with lung cancer has been worse than for patients in many countries in Europe and North America. An important reason for this is that patients in the UK tend to be diagnosed when their lung cancer is more advanced, rather than at earlier stages of the cancer.

Chest x-ray is a test that is widely used by GPs to diagnose lung cancer. In some patients who have lung cancer, this will not be identified on their chest x-ray (‘false negative’ result).  We do not know in exactly how many patients chest x-ray does not identify possible cancer or if missing lung cancer on a chest x-ray causes harm, in terms of causing delay to diagnosis and cancer being more advanced.

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