130,000 Amsterdammers invited for lung cancer research

130,000 Amsterdammers will receive an invitation by letter this week for an experimental population study on lung cancer. It covers all men and women between 60 and 79 years living in the city. The aim of the study is to detect cancer before symptoms develop.

says Erasmus MC AT5. The Rotterdam hospital coordinates European research, which is also conducted in Germany, France, Spain and Italy. A total of 400,000 Dutch people will receive the invitation. The Amsterdam AVL Center for Early Diagnosis, part of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, is the first of three research sites in the Netherlands. Later it also happens in Bilthoven and Friesland.

Looking for smokers

A total of nine thousand participants are being sought for the study in the Netherlands, of whom approximately three thousand are expected to be screened in Amsterdam. A questionnaire is enclosed with the invitation. It is checked to know who is and who is not eligible for the study. This is related to a person’s smoking history among other things.

“We are looking for people who have smoked for a long time in their lifetime, for example at least one pack a day for 25 years or at least 2 packs a day for 15 years,” says Erasmus MC. “Those who quit after 2005 and those who smoked heavily before quitting were eligible to participate.” After this screening, interested parties will be asked if they can actually participate.

CT scan

Research itself then: All participants are divided into two groups. All underwent a CT scan of the lungs, and if no abnormalities were found, two more CT scans (group 1) or one CT scan (group 2) followed later. In this way, how often CT scans should be performed is investigated. If abnormalities are found, someone will be referred to a pulmonologist for further testing.

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According to Erasmus MC, population screening for lung cancer could prevent thousands of deaths per year. In the Netherlands, 14,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year 10,000 Dutch people are affected by this disease per year. Lung cancer takes a long time to lead to symptoms, and then treatment is difficult.” The aim of this study is to detect cancer before symptoms develop. “Research shows that early detection of lung cancer can reduce mortality by 25 percent. With,” according to Erasmus MC.

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