Yorkshire Cancer Research is looking at high quality lung images to help select the best treatment plans for patients.
Researchers, led by Professor Matthew Hatton at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Professor Jim Wild and Dr Bilal Tahir at the University of Sheffield, will use the city’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centre to produce images of cancer patients’ lungs before they begin treatment.
The more advanced MRI images will be analysed to determine how well the patients’ lungs work and how likely they are to recover well from surgery.
Professor Hatton said: “Surgery is the standard first-line treatment for early stage lung cancer patients, but a significant number of people have other pre-existing conditions that increases their risk of serious, harmful effects. An intensive course of high-dose radiotherapy then becomes the preferred treatment option.
“Reaching the correct treatment decision is a complex process that requires comprehensive and accurate assessment of lung function. Getting this choice right will improve survival and quality of life for those undergoing treatment.”
The study will involve 40 lung cancer patients recruited from South Yorkshire. If successful, the trial could lead to a new MRI imaging referral service being rolled out across Yorkshire or the UK.