It can be difficult accessing lung cancer and lung cancer screening. We’re excited to partner with the Boston Fire Department and want to give a brief introduction to our research and firefighter lung health.
Fire Health Study aims to understand whether the lung appearance and function and heart health of firefighters different from people of similar age and background who are not firefighters, the relationship between occupational exposures and lung appearance, and whether a blood test can help detect lung cancer.
Our long-term goal is to increase access to lung cancer early detection among firefighters by identifying a high-risk subset that may benefit from LDCT
WHO WILL BE HELPED?
Data obtained through this study will be uniquely able to answer many questions relating to lung health in firefighters. This study will generate critical preliminary data about lung health in firefighters to guide the next steps. We view this proposal as a first step in a series, which will lead to an ongoing collaboration between MGH investigators and local fire departments, including a future prospective clinical trial.
We’re asking for volunteers who will help change the future for everyone.
We’ve made tremendous advances in how we treat patients who already have cancer diagnosed over the last ten years. But in order to make the next really big leap, we need to be able to catch cancers earlier. The Center for Innovation and Early Cancer Detection jumps on that opportunity, the opportunity to intercept and intervene early in the course of the cancer developing.
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