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CT Lung Scan Sharing Project Goes National

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Give A Scan, a new tool for learning more about lung cancer, “enables patients, family members, and those at risk to make their CT scans and additional information available to researchers around the world.”

That’s according to the Web site of Lung Cancer Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that operates Give A Scan. The Give A Scan program rolled out nationally today.

Scott Reid used Give A Scan to salvage hope from tragedy. His wife, Gail Hausser, was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer at age 46 and died a year later, in August 2012.

“This shouldn’t happen,” Reid told DOTmed News. He continued:

Then you realize that compared to other cancers how little money there is for lung cancer, yet the death rate is higher.

Reid donated Hausser’s scans during a pilot stage of the project so that some good might come from his loss. According to a Lung Cancer Alliance news release, lung cancer receives a little more than one of every 10 federal research dollars, although it kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, and pancreatic cancers combined.

The alliance strips donated CT scans of personal identifiers and then posts them on the Give A Scan Web site along with any information donors are willing to give about family cancer history, smoking history, treatment regimens, exposure to other carcinogens, and anything else that might be relevant. Researchers have free, open access to the scans and data.

“With all the innovative treatments developed over the last two decades, lung cancer’s survival rates are still only 16 percent, a mere 3 percent above where it was almost 40 years ago when the War on Cancer was launched,” said Gregory Sorensen, MD, chief executive officer of Siemens Healthcare North America.

Siemens is sponsoring Give A Scan. The company does, of course, have a vested interest in promoting CT scans, but the project should be quite helpful to researchers.

“We carried out three pilot runs on the program to date,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president and CEO of the alliance, “and feel confident that Give A Scan will lead not only to rapid refinements in imaging but also to more effective integration of imaging and the biomedical research.”

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