Breath Temperature Test May Help Diagnose Lung Cancer Interview with:
Dr. Giulia Scioscia
Coauthor of this study with the Prof. Carpagnano
University of Foggia.

Medical Research: What are the main findings of this study?

Dr. Scioscia: The principal and newest findings of our study are:

  • Airways inflammation and neoangionesis are critical component of the lung cancer pathogenesis and they contribute to the regulation of airways temperature. They cause a regional hyperthermia in the lung lesion.
  • The exhaled Breath temperature has been proven to be the expression of the airways temperature and for this reason of their inflammation and neoangionesis.
  • For the first time we have measured this hyperthermia in lung cancer patients with the xhalo. The patient with diagnosis of tumor shows an higher temperature than in healthy ones and this values correlate with cigarette smoking and tumor progression.

Medical Research: What further research do you recommend as a result of this study?

Dr. Scioscia: Actually it is only a pilot study and the breath temperature in lung cancerogene requires a standardization in large prospective studies. We could underline that our study opens up a new application of this non-invasive biomarkers in the protocols of early diagnosis of the lung cancer.


Breath temperature test could identify lung cancer

Abstract presented at the 2014 European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress

Abstract: Exhaled breath temperature in NSCLC: Could be a new non-invasive marker?
Session: Advances in diagnosis and therapy of thoracic tumours
Date and time: Monday 8 September, 10.45–11.45