Earlier screenings help high-risk patients in Rochester diagnose lung cancer

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But after a study showed CAT scans for high-risk patients could identify potentially promising results, Rochester Regional Health started to conduct scans more frequently. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Doctors in the Rochester area say they are seeing phenomenal results through lung cancer screenings.

Historically, lung cancer has been tough to battle because symptoms do not arise until it is usually too late.

But after a study showed CAT scans for high-risk patients could identify potentially promising results, Rochester Regional Health started to conduct scans more frequently.

Rosette Schiedel, 70, was screened in June and diagnosed with lung cancer. By September, she was able to return to work and was cancer free.

"They put me through some tests, they found the tumor, brought me into the hospital, took the tumor out, part of my lung, here I am today alive...and well!" Schiedel said. "They saved my life. It's an awesome program."

"It's been a pretty amazing results of just watching the stories," said Dr. Laurie Lerner with Rochester Regional Health. "We've been really impressed. I think we're changing lives."

Rochester Regional Health said since it began doing the screenings, more than 80 percent of lung cancer cases are being detected early.


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