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Lung Cancer's Hidden Victims: Those Who Never Smoked

Posted 2 Dec 2011 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 2 – Opera legend Beverly Sills never smoked. Neither did actress and health advocate Dana Reeve, wife of the late actor Christopher Reeve. And yet in 2007 and 2006, respectively, both joined the ranks of about 32,000 Americans each year who never touch a cigarette but die of lung cancer anyway. In fact, experts say, one in every five cases of the leading cancer killer occurs in nonsmokers. The annual death toll among this group now approaches that of breast cancer (about 40,000 per year) and is roughly equal to that of prostate cancer (32,000). Many never-smoking women may also be unaware that they are more than twice as likely to die of lung cancer as they are of ovarian cancer (14,000 deaths per year). Numbers like those have experts calling for a shift in the public's thinking on lung cancer, away from its label of "the smoker's disease." "We say, 'If you have a lung, ... Read more

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New Treatment May Boost Survival in Advanced Lung Cancer Cases

Posted 9 Nov 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 – For the first time, "epigenetic" therapy has shown promise in patients with solid tumors, in this case non-small cell lung cancers. Of 45 patients in a trial of this experimental treatment, two had a complete response to therapy, one had a partial response and one is still alive more than four years after starting therapy. "It's not a home run, but this trial has opened the door for further research into epigenetic therapy," said Dr. Stephen Baylin, co-author of the study appearing online Nov. 9 and in the December issue of Cancer Discovery. Other experts were both hopeful and cautious. "The exciting part of this study is that they're using therapies that have really never worked in solid tumors, and this is one of the first studies to show that these types of therapies may work in solid tumors, and more specifically in lung cancer," said Dr. Benjamin Levy, director ... Read more

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Experimental Vaccine Shows Promise for Lung Cancer: Study

Posted 24 Oct 2011 by

MONDAY, Oct. 24 – New research suggests that physicians may be able to strengthen the power of chemotherapy in patients with the most common form of lung cancer by adding a cancer vaccine to the treatment. The combined treatment for non-small cell lung cancer was tested in a phase 2 study and still has to go through more research, as experimental drugs go through three phases of study. Although the rate of serious side effects was somewhat higher in those who received both treatments compared to chemotherapy alone, this new approach seems feasible, the study authors said. Commenting on the study, Srikumar Chellappan, chair of the department of tumor biology and scientific director of the National Functional Genomics Center at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., said that the research is promising and the treatment could become a new strategy. Chellappan, ... Read more

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Cancer Patients Should Ask Doctors to Use Simple Terms

Posted 28 Sep 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28 – Cancer patients are often faced with many difficult-to-understand treatment choices that can have serious side effects and even mean the difference between life and death. That's why it's crucial that patients insist doctors use plain language in explaining the options, advised Angela Fagerlin, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and a researcher at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. "People are making life and death decisions that may affect their survival and they need to know what they're getting themselves into. Cancer treatments and tests can be serious. Patients need to know what kind of side effects they might experience as a result of the treatment they undergo," Fagerlin said in a university news release. She and her colleagues outlined a number of tips to help patients get the information they need ... Read more

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Lung Cancer Rates Begin to Decline for U.S. Women

Posted 15 Sep 2011 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 15 – The rate of new lung cancer cases among American women is finally beginning to decline, much as it has for men in for years, a new U.S. government report shows. New cases of lung malignancies fell by 2.2 percent per year on average for women between 2006 and 2008, after rising an average of 0.5 percent between 1999 and 2006, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Men's lung cancer incidence continued its long, slow decline, the agency added, but the pace of that decline has sped up in recent years. New cases fell by an average of 1.4 percent per year between 1999 and 2006 but that accelerated to a drop of nearly 3 percent per year by 2006-2008, the CDC said. Between 1999 and 2008, declines in new lung cancer cases were seen among men in 35 states, while the rate remained stable in nine states. For women, six states – California, Florida, ... Read more

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Experimental Drug Bests Chemo in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Study

Posted 5 Jul 2011 by

TUESDAY, July 5 – A drug designed to treat certain patients with non-small cell lung cancer boosts survival time without progression of cancer by several months, according to a new study. The findings reveal that the drug, known as erlotinib (brand name Tarceva), doesn't just boost lifespan, said Dr. Neal E. Ready, associate professor of medical oncology at Duke Cancer Institute, who was not involved with the study. "What you really get is a prolonged period of time when the cancer is under control and someone has a really good quality of life." This study is the first of its kind to look at Western patients. "Although a growing body of evidence has been emerging about this type of lung cancer, almost all of the studies have been conducted in Asian patients, a group that historically has had significantly different results to [non-small cell lung cancer] therapy compared to Western ... Read more

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Who Should Get a CT Scan to Screen for Lung Cancer?

Posted 30 Jun 2011 by

THURSDAY, June 30 – Annual low-dose CT scans cut the death rate from lung cancer by 20 percent in heavy smokers and formerly heavy smokers, compared to those who get annual chest X-rays, according to the results of a major National Cancer Institute study released on Wednesday. Experts are calling the findings a major advance in efforts to combat lung cancer deaths. By catching the cancer early, the tumors can be removed surgically – hopefully before they've spread and become very difficult to cure. "This is a momentous time in the history of public health research," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. "The NLST [National Lung Screening Trial] is the best-designed and best-performed lung cancer screening study in history." Yet the findings raise as many questions as they answer, said Dr. Harold Sox, a professor emeritus of medicine at Dartmouth ... Read more

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Nearly 20% of Lung Cancer Patients Keep Smoking

Posted 10 Apr 2011 by

FRIDAY, April 8 – Many patients diagnosed with lung cancer – as well as their family caregivers – continue to smoke even though doing so may jeopardize their recovery and long-term health outcome, says a study sponsored by the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Researchers report that nearly one in five recently diagnosed lung cancer patients continues to light up, which can make them feel guilty or socially stigmatized. "The biggest obstacle is fatalism, the belief that it is too late to quit smoking so why bother," said Kathryn E. Weaver, study lead author and assistant professor of social sciences and health policy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "There are benefits to be gained by quitting that have important implications for survival, response to treatments, and quality of life," she said. The findings point to the need for family support, counseling ... Read more

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Lung Cancer Evolves With Treatment, Study Finds

Posted 23 Mar 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, March 23 – A new study helps explain how some lung cancers become resistant to targeted drug therapy. Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center analyzed tumor samples from 37 patients with non-small cell lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death worldwide, and identified two new genetic changes associated with resistance. They also confirmed resistance-related genetic changes identified in previous studies. The MGH team also discovered that the cellular nature of some tumors changes in response to treatment and that genetic mutations associated with drug resistance can disappear after treatment is halted. The findings highlight the importance of monitoring the molecular status of lung cancer tumors throughout the treatment process, the researchers said. "It is really remarkable how much we oncologists assume about a tumor based on a single biopsy ... Read more

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Fewer Cancer Patients May Be Depressed Than Thought

Posted 20 Jan 2011 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 20 – The rate of depression among cancer patients may be lower than previously believed, a new study indicates. An international team of researchers analyzed 94 studies involving more than 14,000 patients and found that about one-sixth of cancer patients suffer depression and about one-third have a more widely defined mood disorder. Only modest rates of depression and anxiety occurred in cancer patients in the first five years after diagnosis, which suggests that depression is not inevitable in these patients, the researchers said. Only when it was combined with other mood disorders was depression common, occurring in 30 percent of hospitalized cancer patients. The study is published online Jan. 19 in The Lancet Oncology. Rates of depression and anxiety were not significantly different between patients receiving palliative care (care designed to ease pain and increase ... Read more

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1 in 5 Cancer Survivors Suffers Chronic Pain, Study Finds

Posted 20 Jan 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 19 – More than 40 percent of cancer survivors experience pain, and the risk is highest among black and female patients, finds a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System surveyed nearly 200 U.S. cancer survivors and found that 43 percent had experienced pain since their diagnosis, and 20 percent suffered chronic cancer-related pain at least two years later. Among white patients, the most significant source of pain was cancer surgery (53.8 percent), and among black patients the greatest source of pain was cancer treatment (46.2 percent), according to the report. In addition, the study found that compared to men, women had more pain, more pain flare-ups, more disability due to pain and were more depressed because of pain. The authors also noted that black patients were more likely to report greater severity of pain and more pain-related ... Read more

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Deadliest Cancer Getting Smaller Chunk of Research Dollars

Posted 29 Dec 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 – Consider this: Lung cancer is the most deadly form of cancer in the United States, killing about 157,300 people every year – more than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It is also the nation's second leading cause of death, second only to heart disease. And yet lung cancer attracts fewer federal research dollars per death than the other leading forms of cancer demise. Doctors have yet to find a reliable method for screening for lung cancer. And new treatments for lung cancer roll out at a snail's pace compared with therapies for other cancers. So why does the top cancer killer attract so little attention? Largely because people are perceived to have done this to themselves, garnering little public sympathy, said Kay Cofrancesco, director of advocacy relations for the Lung Cancer Alliance, a national ... Read more

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Gene Research Sheds Light on Lung Cancer Survival Time

Posted 15 Dec 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 15 – Genes that predict length of survival and help guide treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer have been identified by U.S. researchers. The investigators took samples of lung tumors and nearby healthy lung tissue from 30 patients and examined the samples for the presence of messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) associated with 48 known genes for molecules called nuclear hormone receptors. They then compared the active genes with patient outcomes and found that the expression of genes for certain nuclear hormone receptors helped predict patient survival. According to the results, patients with two specific nuclear hormone receptors in their tumor tissue lived the longest. The two "biomarkers" were the short heterodimer partner and the progesterone receptor. "Patient responses to cancer treatment vary widely and often depend on subtle biological differences ... Read more

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Whites, Blacks More Likely to Develop Lung Cancer: Study

Posted 10 Nov 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 10 – Whites and blacks in the United States are much more likely to develop lung cancer than other racial/ethnic groups, a new federal study finds. Researchers analyzed 1998 to 2006 data from 38 states and the District of Columbia. They found that the annual incidence of lung cancer per 100,000 people was 76.1 for blacks, 69.7 for whites, 48.4 for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), 38.4 for Asian/Pacific Islanders, and 37.3 for Hispanics. People ages 70 to 79 had the highest incidence of lung cancer at about 463 cases per 100,000. Incidence was highest in the South (76 percent) and lowest in the West (about 59 percent), the study found. Among whites, the highest incidence of lung cancer was in the South (76.3). The highest rates among blacks (88.9), AI/ANs (64.2) and Hispanics (40.6) were in the Midwest. The highest rates among Asian Pacific Islanders was in the ... Read more

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Lung Cancer in Smokers, Nonsmokers May Be a Different Disease

Posted 8 Nov 2010 by

MONDAY, Nov. 8 – New research suggests that lung cancer in people who have never smoked may be a different disease than it is in smokers. Scientists compared the genetic characteristics of lung cancer tumors in 30 people who never smoked to tumors in 53 smokers or former smokers. The tumors of people who had never smoked had twice as many DNA abnormalities as people who were current or former smokers, said study author Kelsie Thu, a doctoral candidate at the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre in Vancouver. "This is suggesting there might be something different going on with tumors in never-smokers," Thu said. "If we find out lung cancer in never-smokers is a different disease and we can identify what those differences are, maybe we can design specific therapies that target the genetic alterations in never-smokers and improve the prognosis." The study was to be presented Monday at ... Read more

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