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Smoking Rates Drop After Global Tobacco Treaty

Posted 2 days 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – After 180 countries agreed to a global tobacco control treaty in 2005, there was a 2.5 percent decrease in smoking worldwide during the next decade, a new study shows. All of the participating countries agreed to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Signing countries committed to introducing policies such as high tobacco taxes and smoke-free public spaces. They also agreed to warning labels, advertising bans, and support for smoking cessation services. "The study provides strong evidence that the FCTC has led to a significant increase in the implementation of tobacco control measures," said study co-author Geoffrey Fong, professor of psychology and health studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He and his colleagues reviewed data from 116 countries that signed the treaty and 10 that didn't. Overall, smoking ... Read more

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Blood Test May Spot Lung Cancer's Return, Even Before Scans

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – A blood test can detect the return of lung cancer months before CT and PET scans, a new study suggests. The research included 48 adults with stage 2 or 3 locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The patients were aged 31 to 84. All were treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Blood samples were taken before treatment, during treatment, and at six different times during the two years following treatment. The blood samples were checked for increased levels of circulating tumor cells, the researchers said. The blood tests were able to detect lung cancer recurrence an average of six months before CT and PET scans, the investigators found. The study was presented March 16 at a meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, in San Francisco. Research presented at meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed ... Read more

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Gleevec Keeps a Leukemia in Check for More Than a Decade: Study

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – The cancer drug Gleevec appears to keep chronic myeloid leukemia at bay a decade into treatment – with no signs of additional safety risks, a new study finds. Gleevec – known generically as imatinib – was hailed as a "wonder drug" when it was introduced in 2001 for treating chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). CML is a type of blood cancer that strikes about 5,000 Americans each year, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Before Gleevec, a CML diagnosis "amounted to a death sentence," the institute said. Now, most cases can be controlled, with either Gleevec or related drugs that have been developed since then. The new findings offer more evidence that the early "hype" around Gleevec was correct, said lead researcher Dr. Andreas Hochhaus, of Jena University Hospital in Germany. Of more than 500 CML patients given Gleevec as their initial ... Read more

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Nasal Swab Shows Promise in Confirming Lung Cancers

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – Lung cancer remains by far the leading cancer killer because it is so often caught too late. But researchers now say it may someday be possible to quickly confirm the disease after a CT scan, by using a simple nasal swab. The key is DNA-based "biomarkers" in the nasal passages that appear to reveal whether a lung lesion is cancerous or not. "Nasal gene expression [production] contains information about the presence of cancer," explained study co-author Marc Lenburg. He believes the nasal swab "might aid in lung cancer detection." The researchers said the test might help doctors spare some patients expensive and risky follow-up procedures. Lenburg is professor of medicine at Boston University and made his comments in a university news release. He and his colleagues published their findings Feb. 27 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. As the ... Read more

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Cancer Survivors Gain From Web-Based Health Care

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – Online- and phone-based health care offers a number of benefits for cancer survivors, British researchers report. The new study looked at previous research on cancer survivors' experiences with online and phone health contacts – what the researchers call telehealth. The review found that patients liked the flexibility and convenience of this method of staying in touch with their care providers because they could do so in a familiar, comfortable setting and with minimum disruption to their lives. The perceived anonymity of telehealth reduced patients' sense of vulnerability and some said they were more comfortable raising concerns in this setting than in face-to-face appointments. Negative aspects of telehealth mentioned by patients included not being able to meet their health care providers in person, while other patients said they couldn't use the service due ... Read more

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Too Few Current, Former Smokers Screened for Lung Cancer

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Most current and former smokers in the United States don't get screened for lung cancer even though they're at increased risk for the deadly disease, a new study reveals. The findings highlight the need to educate doctors and at-risk patients about lung cancer screening, according to the American Cancer Society researchers. Their analysis of federal government data found that the proportion of eligible current and former smokers who underwent lung cancer screening in the past 12 months remained low – 3.3 percent in 2010 to 3.9 percent in 2015. The researchers calculated that of the 6.8 million current and former smokers eligible for lung cancer screening in 2015, only 262,700 received it. "The reasons for the low uptake in screening are probably varied, and likely include lack of knowledge among both smokers and doctors as to screening recommendations, as well ... Read more

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U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Over Three Decades

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – While cancer death rates have dropped 20 percent overall in the United States since 1980, high death rates persist in pockets throughout the country, a new report finds. "Death rates differ dramatically between different types of cancers, and certain regions saw great progress in reducing cancer deaths and others fell behind," said lead researcher Dr. Christopher Murray. In all, 160 counties showed increases in cancer death rates between 1980 and 2014, noted Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle. For example, lung cancer kills more people in the United States than any other cancer, but death rates are more than 20 times higher in some parts of the country than others, he said. "Fewer Americans smoke today than in previous decades, but parts of the South and many rural areas still show high ... Read more

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Exercise Rates Often Decline After Cancer Diagnosis

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Exercise can help cancer patients cope with their treatment, but as many as 75 percent reduce their physical activity after diagnosis, a new study finds. Getting motivated to exercise can be difficult when faced with a serious illness. And along with the fatigue and pain associated with cancer treatment, many patients may give up exercising, the study authors said. "We have about 25 million cancer survivors in the United States, and there is mounting evidence that suggests that physical activity and exercise improve many outcomes in patients with cancer," said lead researcher Dr. Jun Mao. He's chief of integrative medicine service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. These outcomes include a better quality of life and physical function and, potentially, survival, he noted. Many patients feel that being sick and receiving chemotherapy are ... Read more

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Many With Advanced Lung Cancer Don't Get Treatments That Might Help

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – Many U.S. patients with late-stage lung cancer do not receive treatments that could prolong their lives, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed 1998-2012 data from the U.S. National Cancer Database. They found that more than one in every five patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) – by far the leading form of the disease – did not undergo any treatment. That included chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery, the researchers said. Many of the untreated patients were women, elderly, minorities, low-income and uninsured, according to the research team. The researchers found that the number of untreated patients with late-stage NSCLC even rose slightly during the study period. The reasons why some patients went untreated remain unclear, the researchers said. "We were able to identify a ... Read more

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Delaying Chemo After Lung Cancer Surgery? Better Late Than Never

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Lung cancer chemotherapy that's been delayed due to slow recovery from surgery can still provide real benefit to patients, a new study suggests. The study involved thousands of patients with non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLC), which comprise about 90 percent of all lung tumors. Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer in the United States. As the study authors explained, chemotherapy is a standard part of treatment for people who've already had surgery to treat tumors that are larger than 4 centimeters (about 1.5 inches) or that have spread to the lymph nodes. Typically, this post-surgical chemotherapy begins within six weeks of the surgery. However, not all patients are able to tolerate chemotherapy so quickly after their operation, including those who develop surgical complications. So, a team led by Dr. Daniel Boffa, from the Yale School of Medicine, ... Read more

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Immune-Focused Drug Shows Promise Against Lung Cancer

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 – An immunotherapy drug called Tecentriq (atezolizumab) extended the survival of lung cancer patients for several months longer than chemotherapy and caused fewer side effects, according to a new study. The findings are from an early analysis of 850 patients with non-small cell lung cancer in a phase 3 trial funded by the drug's makers. According to the American Cancer Society, non-small cell lung cancer is the major form of the disease, comprising up to 85 percent of cases. Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer in the United States, with more than 158,000 people expected to die from the disease this year. The patients in the new trial had run out of treatment options. They received either Tecentriq or the chemotherapy drug docetaxel – the standard treatment for this type of cancer. According to a team led by Dr. David Gandara of the University of ... Read more

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It's Never Too Late to Stop Smoking

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – You're never too old to reap the health benefits of quitting smoking, a new study finds. "Even participants who quit smoking as recently as in their 60s were 23 percent less likely to die during follow-up than those who continued to smoke into their 70s," said lead researcher Sarah Nash, who conducted the study while at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. In addition, the age at which you start smoking can have an impact on longevity, the researchers found. "This study confirms that age at smoking initiation and cessation, both key components of smoking duration, continue to be important predictors of mortality in U.S. adults over age 70," Nash said. "It also underscores the importance of measures to prevent initiation, as well as encourage cessation, for all smokers," she added. Nash is currently with the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center at the Alaska ... Read more

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Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms. Heavy smokers who also have diabetes are at twice the risk of an early death compared to smokers without the blood sugar disease, the study found. "Smoking is bad for all, but even more in those with diabetes," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He reviewed the new findings. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, and involved data on more than 53,000 Americans who were either current or former heavy smokers. The overall risk of an early death was roughly double if the smoker had diabetes, the researchers reported. Overall, almost 13 percent of smokers with diabetes died during the seven-year study period, compared with ... Read more

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Smoking Wreaks Genetic Havoc on Lungs, Study Warns

Posted 4 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Smoking is linked to significant genetic damage in the lungs and other organs of the body, according to new research. "This study offers fresh insights into how tobacco smoke causes cancer," said co-lead author Ludmil Alexandrov, the Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. "Our analysis demonstrates that tobacco smoking causes mutations that lead to cancer by multiple distinct mechanisms," he said in a Los Alamos news release. "Tobacco smoking damages DNA in organs directly exposed to smoke as well as speeds up a mutational cellular clock in organs that are both directly and indirectly exposed to smoke." In the study, researchers from Los Alamos, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in England and other institutions analyzed more than 5,000 cancer tumors from smokers and nonsmokers. Cancer is caused by mutations in the DNA of a cell, ... Read more

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FDA Approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for First-Line Treatment of Certain Patients with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) October 24, 2016 --Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda (pembrolizumab), the company’s anti-PD-1 (programmed death receptor-1) therapy, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have high PD-L1 expression (tumor proportion score [TPS] of 50 percent or more) as determined by an FDA-approved test, with no EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations. With this new indication, Keytruda is now the only anti-PD-1 therapy to be approved in the first-line treatment setting for these patients. In addition, the FDA approved a labeling update to include data from KEYNOTE-010 in the second-line or greater treatment setting for patients with metastatic NSCLC whose tumors express PD-L1 (TPS of ... Read more

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