SEP 23, 2016 4:31 AM PDT

A Better Way to Stage Cancer?


When a patient is diagnosed with cancer it's critical for their health care providers to know exactly what stage of disease there is, how extensive the spread is and precisely where it's located in the body. Staging is the process of determining all of this, so that the best treatments can be given. Normally staging is done surgically, but newer techniques of imaging are also useful.

In a study done at the Academic Research Center in Amsterdam, endosonography, an imaging technique for staging lung cancer, was compared with tradition surgical staging using the mediastinoscopy process where incisions are made in the neck and the chest. In a surprising finding, the results showed that the imaging was far better at detecting mediastinal nodal metastases than the surgery. Imaging found the metastases in 94% of cases, whereas the surgery only found it in 79% of cases. Despite the significant differences, survival rates were almost exactly equal, with no increased survival in the imaging group. Both groups had a survival rate of 35%. While there seems to be no explanation for the difference, the team said that the imaging is a preferable procedure, even without an increased survival benefit because it's less invasive and carries less risk.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JUL 10, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Astronomers Spot 4 Mysterious Circular Objects in Space
JUL 10, 2020
Astronomers Spot 4 Mysterious Circular Objects in Space
Scientists have spotted a new kind of signal in space- four strange, circular objects. Three are particularly bright aro ...
JUL 27, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Bacteria More Lethal and Antibiotic Resistant in Space
JUL 27, 2020
Bacteria More Lethal and Antibiotic Resistant in Space
Research has shown that bacteria are more lethal and resistant to antibiotics when exposed to microgravity (a lack of gr ...
SEP 24, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Turning Pulsars into Deep Space Beacons
SEP 24, 2020
Turning Pulsars into Deep Space Beacons
Navigating beyond Earth's orbit is tricky. Any misstep in movement could lead to the crushes of space probes and ves ...
SEP 24, 2020
Plants & Animals
High Arctic Polar Bears are Temporarily Benefitting from Climate Change
SEP 24, 2020
High Arctic Polar Bears are Temporarily Benefitting from Climate Change
For the past few decades, polar bears have been harbingers of climate change. However, not every polar bear subpopu ...
OCT 22, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Why Do Galaxies Come in Different Shapes?
OCT 22, 2020
Why Do Galaxies Come in Different Shapes?
When looking it galaxies, it takes little to realize that they come in different shapes- whether they're swirling bl ...
NOV 18, 2020
Plants & Animals
This Bat Species Uses Masks for Mating
NOV 18, 2020
This Bat Species Uses Masks for Mating
From pandemic precautions to televised talent shows, masks are having a moment. Even this bizarre bat species has a buil ...
Loading Comments...