MEDIA ADVISORY: Lung Cancer: CT Scans Can Save Lives; Director of Yale Cancer Center Available to Speak

Nationally known lung cancer expert and director of the Yale Cancer Center Thomas Lynch, M.D., is available to speak about just-released government findings that CT scans can lower mortality from lung cancer through earlier detection.

The National Cancer Institute studied tens of thousands of older heavy smokers. Initial results show 20 percent fewer lung cancer deaths among those screened with CT scans than those screened with standard chest X-rays.

Dr. Tom Lynch has made contributions in developmental therapeutics and in defining the optimal treatment for patients with lung cancer. He pioneered the use of molecular testing for mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene to select patients who can benefit from targeted lung cancer therapies.

Before he came to Yale in April, 2009, Dr. Lynch was professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of hematology/oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center.

The NCI study:

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