Developing a breath test for lung cancer

Posted: 6/3/2014

From The Engineer:

Results of a University of Colorado Cancer Center study show that a test of organic compounds in exhaled breath can distinguish patients with lung cancer from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and also define the stage of any cancer present.

"This could totally revolutionize lung cancer screening and diagnosis. The perspective here is the development of a non-traumatic, easy, cheap approach to early detection and differentiation of lung cancer," said Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD, investigator at the CU Cancer Center and professor of medical oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Read more.