Could a breath temperature test help diagnose lung cancer?

by Apr 16, 2014

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An early and accurate diagnosis can be very important for cancer sufferers. Having the cancer spotted early is one of the things that can help put a cancer sufferer in as strong of position as possible to fight the cancer. Thus, finding methods to help with the diagnosing of cancer is a remarkably important research objective.

A recent study indicates that a rather unconventional, and simple, method may be able to help doctors when it comes to diagnosing lung cancer.

In the study, Italian researchers had the participants (some of who had lung cancer and others of who did not) undergo a breath temperature test. The test simply involved the use of a breath thermometer.

The researchers made a rather surprising finding. They found that breath temperatures were higher among the individuals with lung cancer than they were for those without the cancer. They further found that breath temperature tended to go up as a person’s lung cancer became more developed.

Based on these findings, the researchers postulate that it could be possible that breath temperature testing could someday be used as a tool for diagnosing lung cancer. Given the noninvasiveness of the method, one could see how it could be a very attractive and helpful one if it does ultimately prove to be a workable diagnostic method.

The fight against lung cancer following a diagnosis can be a harrowing one. The toll the cancer and the battle against it can take on a person sometimes takes a person completely out of the workforce, which can have vast financial effects for them.

Tennesseans who are in such a situation may be eligible for financial relief, as cancer is one of the conditions that can qualify a person for Social Security Disability benefits. Disability attorneys can help lung cancer victims with questions they have regarding SSD eligibility and the process of applying for SSD benefits.

Source: University Herald, “Breath Temperature Can Effectively Diagnose Lung Cancer, Study,” Stephen Adkins, Sept. 10, 2014