Dr. Henschke explains what women should know about lung cancer screening.
The screening for any cancer is a whole process, and women are quite familiar with undergoing mammography for screening for breast cancer. Similarly, when you screen for lung cancer, you start with a low dose CT scan, and then if you find certain abnormalities, you need to have some further test, typically another low dose scan to see if there is a change.
And then, if you find things that are consistent with a malignancy, you would go on for surgery. And that whole process, first of all getting the low dose scan, finding an abnormality, and then determining whether it’s cancer and going to surgery, is the process of screening.
About Dr. Henschke, M.D., Ph.D.:
Dr. Claudia Ingrid Henschke, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., is an Attending Radiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Professor of Radiology in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical School. She is a clinical expert in percutaneous fine needle lung biopsies and thoracic radiology and board certified in Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Henschke received her master’s degree from Southern Methodist University, her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine.