Oncimmune community screening (EarlyCDT Lung)

EarlyCDT Lung is a test for the levels of seven autoantibodies to tumour-associated antigens to help improve the detection of lung cancer.

It was created by Oncimmune and Health Innovation East is looking at supporting a project in primary care across parts of the region.

The EarlyCDT Lung test from Oncimmune is a blood test to support the early detection of lung cancer by detecting the elevated presence of autoantibodies generated by the body’s immune system as a natural defence against cancer cells. Almost 9 in 10 lung cancer patients will survive their disease for at least a year if diagnosed at the earliest stage1.

Health Innovation East brokered and part-funded a pilot with Norfolk and Waveney CCG using the EarlyCDT Lung test to screen patients at high risk of developing lung cancer across five GP practices in Great Yarmouth. The pilot enabled the screening of 1,749 smokers and ex-smokers and identified 300 to be referred for a CT scan in secondary care.

We subsequently commissioned the University of Southampton to conduct an independent evaluation of the feasibility study to understand what would happen if the screening programme was scaled to a larger population. This included modelling based on analysis of the data and interviews with staff including GPs, administrators, and phlebotomists.

Find out more and read the full evaluation here. 

Further work by the University of Southampton is ongoing to answer the evaluation questions in depth.

Oncimmune lab bench



  1. Cancer Research UK. (2021). Why is early diagnosis important?. Available: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-symptoms/why-is-early-diagnosis-important. Last accessed 03/05/22

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