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Lung Cancer Screening's Downside Not Discussed Enough

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 – The potential risks of lung cancer screening are often left out when doctors and patients discuss the issue, a new report suggests. Early detection of lung cancer can save lives, and lung cancer screening is recommended for high-risk current and former smokers. But the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other organizations say that doctors need to explain the risks ...

For Women Worldwide, Lung Cancers Rise as Breast Cancers Decline

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – As women around the world wage war against cancer, good news on the breast cancer front is tempered by predictions that lung cancer deaths could rise more than 40 percent. Researchers in Spain reported that between 2015 and 2030, lung cancer deaths among women worldwide will likely increase 43 percent. During that same period, however, breast cancer deaths are projected ...

Could a Blood Test Spot Lung Cancer Early?

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 2, 2018 – Genetic blood testing is showing potential as a means of catching some early stage cancers, researchers are reporting. For example, a panel of three different genetic tests was able to detect early stage lung cancer about half of the time in people who'd already been diagnosed with the disease. The tests also detected late-stage lung cancers about 9 out of 10 times, the ...

Cancer Drug Keytruda a New Weapon Against Advanced Lung Tumors

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 3, 2018 – A cancer drug that boosts the immune system outperforms chemotherapy in fighting advanced lung cancer, a new trial shows. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) extended life four to eight months longer than chemotherapy in lung cancer patients whose immune systems had been duped by their cancer cells. "This trial shows that pembrolizumab used alone improves survival as opposed to ...

Cancer Care Twice as Costly in U.S. Versus Canada

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 – What a difference a border makes, when it comes to the cost of cancer care. Common chemotherapy for advanced colorectal cancer costs twice as much in Washington state as it does a short walk across the Canadian border into British Columbia, researchers report. A month's worth of chemotherapy cost $12,345 on the U.S. side of the border versus $6,195 just over the line into ...

Lung Cancer Rate Now Higher in Young Women Than Young Men

Posted 24 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – In a reversal of historical patterns, lung cancer is now more common among young U.S. women than men, a new study finds. The good news, researchers found, is that over the past two decades, lung cancer rates among 35- to 54-year-old Americans have dropped across the board. But the decline has been steeper among men so that now, incidence of the disease is higher in ...

Men May Gain More From Cancer Immunotherapy

Posted 17 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – Male cancer patients seem to fare significantly better following immunotherapy treatment than female patients, new research indicates. "Both sex and gender can potentially affect the strength of the body's immune response," explained study author Dr. Fabio Conforti, from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. For example, Conforti noted that women generally ...

Health Tip: Providing End of Life Care

Posted 14 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- End of life care is focused on easing pain and comforting a person who is dying. The focus should be on the person's mental and emotional needs, spirituality and fulfilling everyday obligations, the National Institute on Aging says. The agency suggests caregivers ask the person's doctor these questions: Since there is no cure for what ails this person, what will happen next? Why are you ...

FDA Approves Tagrisso (osimertinib) as First-Line Treatment for EGFR-Mutated Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

18 April 2018 – AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Tagrisso (osimertinib) for the 1st-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations (exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R mutations), as detected by an FDA-approved test. The approval is based on ...

Positioning During Cancer Radiation May Be Key to Heart Risks

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – If you have lung or throat cancer, exactly how you are positioned during your radiation treatments may alter your chances of beating the disease. New research suggests that even tiny shifts can mean the radiation may harm organs around tumors in the chest, most notably the heart. "We already know that using imaging can help us to target cancers much more precisely and ...

Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer?

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – Tattoos serve many purposes, perhaps expressing artistry, loyalty or love. Now, scientists working with mice say they've engineered a medical "tattoo" that can screen for early signs of major disease. The biomedical tattoo is made up of cells embedded with sensors that measure levels of blood calcium. It's initially invisible when implanted under the skin. But the ...

New Immunotherapy Drugs May Be Big Advance in Lung Cancer Care

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Drugs designed to trigger a patient's immune system may help boost survival for those battling lung cancer, two new studies found. The first study found that when the immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) was combined with standard chemotherapy, the chance that a patient would die within the next 11 months plummeted by more than 50 percent, compared with being ...

More Women Die of Lung Cancer in 2 U.S. 'Hot Spots'

Posted 31 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 – Lung cancer death rates among women have fallen in much of the United States, but have increased in two regions where smoking is more common, a new study finds. The first cluster or "hot spot" comprises 669 counties in Appalachia and the Midwest, and the second is 81 counties in the northern Midwest, according to the analysis of U.S. National Cancer Institute data. ...

Health Tip: Understanding Palliative Care

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life and help manage the symptoms of a serious iilness, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The focus is on keeping a person comfortable and happy, and can be provided alongside treatment. Palliative care can be provided in nursing homes, outpatient clinics, residences and hospitals, and often is covered by private insurance, ...

Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011. It found that, compared to people who had never smoked, people who regularly smoked only cigarettes had double the risk of death in that time frame, from whatever the ...

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