A major roadblock to early detection lung cancer research has been the inability to visualize cellular changes inside the lungs. However, recent technological advances have made it possible to view abnormal changes to tissue lining inside the lungs. Using a procedure called autofluorescence bronchoscopy (AB), clinicians can view precancerous lesions, which would have previously been undetected.
The Stacey Scott Lung Cancer Registry collects and stores biologic samples and corresponding data from patients undergoing AB examination and spiral CT scans at registry partner cancer centers located in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The registry permits physicians and scientists internationally to conduct research leading to important breakthroughs in early detection and treatment for lung cancer patients around the world.
The registry combines the resources of lung cancer physicians and scientists worldwide by pooling data in one location. By organizing the data and making it accessible, the registry dramatically increases the potential to identify people at highest risk of lung cancer and to detect lung cancer at its earliest stage.
Individuals, groups, companies, and foundations are encouraged to offer gifts to ''Roswell Park Alliance Foundation – The Stacey Scott Lung Cancer Registry.'' These gifts will be used exclusively to support operation of the Stacey Scott Lung Cancer Registry.
As an active, athletic, non-smoking young woman, Stacey would not have been considered at high risk for lung cancer. Yet, in May of 2005 after complaining of fatigue and chest pain, tests confirmed the presence of malignant lung tumors. As often is the case, by the time lung cancer is diagnosed, it is beyond the early stages and is extremely aggressive and difficult to treat. Stacey fought mightily but lost her battle with lung cancer on September 17, 2005 at the age of 38.
Stacey’s husband William, his partners at Scott Danahy Naylon, and Stacey’s family created a lasting tribute in her honor. With the help of others, they started a charitable fund that helped establish The Stacey Scott Lung Cancer Registry that supports promising early detection lung cancer research.