Sharad Goyal, MD
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Funded by LUNG FORCE
Does Radiation From Heart Procedures Increase Risk of Lung Cancer?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and patients often need procedures to see the extent and location of the disease. These procedures all expose patients to radiation, which is thought to cause cancer. Our goal is to determine if radiation during heart procedures causes women to have a greater chance of developing lung cancer compared to men. We believe our findings may reduce the incidence and mortality of lung cancer in patients. By being able to discuss the risks, benefits and alternatives to medical imaging, patients will be better informed of their risk of developing cancer.