Normal lung scan
20 June 2017
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Are you:  A smoker or recent former smoker? Aged from 55 to 80? In good general health? 

If you answered yes to all three questions, you may be eligible to participate in an international research NHMRC funded study, conducted at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital, with national and international collaborators, is performing this study to determine the best way of using computed tomography (CT) of the chest to screen for early lung cancer. Overseas data show that CT screening (screening tests can find diseases early, when they’re easier to treat) can reduce deaths from lung cancer and this study will help determine who will most likely benefit from screening.

Who can take part?

  • People aged between 55 - 80 years
  • Current or previous cumulative cigarette smoking history of > 30 pack years (packs per day multiplied by the number of years smoked)
  • Former smokers must have quit smoking within the previous 15 years

If you have or experience any of the following, you will not be able to participate in this study:

  • Inability to lie on the back with arms raised above the head.
  • Metallic implants or metallic devices in the chest or back (pacemakers or Harrington fixation rods)
  • Prior history of lung cancer
  • Treatment for, or advisement by a physician of evidence of any cancer within the past five years, with the exceptions of non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Prior removal of any portion of the lung excluding percutaneous lung biopsy
  • Requirement for home oxygen supplementation for respiratory conditions

What is involved for you:

CT scans x 2 visits
Respiratory function tests
Blood samples
Quality of life questionnaires

For more information:

Phone: 03 9342 4707

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