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ECLS Study

Early detection of Cancer of the Lung Scotland (ECLS)

Study Information

Why are we doing the study?

Lung cancer kills more people than any other kind of cancer.  It is more common in Scotland than the rest of the UK, with about 5000 new cases each year. Lung cancer is often found too late for treatment to be useful. This reduces the chance of surviving. When found early, 6 out of 10 people will still be alive 5 years later. When found late, only 1 out of 100 people will still be alive 5 years later. 

There is now a new blood test that we think will help find lung cancer earlier.

When we get cancer, our bodies fight it by making chemicals against the cancer. These chemicals can be measured in blood even when the cancer is very, very small. This means that if we measure these chemicals in the blood, we can find out if someone has lung cancer before they start to feel unwell and can also start treating the cancer sooner. The test is only looking for lung cancer, so will not pick up other types ofcancer or other diseases.

What are the benefits of taking part?

If you are in the lung cancer test group and you have lung cancer this may be picked up more quickly than it would have been if you were not taking part in the study. This could mean that the cancer is more treatable and the chance of surviving is better. If you are in the non-test group, the information you give us will be really important in helping us find out if the new lung cancer blood test works, by comparing what happens to both groups. By taking part, you are playing an essential role in the research and could be helping future generations.

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