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Black Smokers Less Likely to Get Lung Cancer Screening

Posted 19 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 – Differences in smoking habits between black and white Americans may lead to lower lung cancer screening rates for blacks, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed federal government data from 1965 to 2012. They found that blacks are less likely than whites to start smoking in their late teens, but also less likely to quit as they get older. The study also found that black smokers use fewer cigarettes a day than white smokers. These racial differences result in important and somewhat contradictory differences in lifetime cigarette exposure, the Yale School of Public Health team said. While blacks tend to continue smoking into their later years, the fact that they tend to smoke fewer cigarettes means that have fewer average "pack-years," calculated by multiplying the number of packs smoked per day by years of smoking, the researchers noted. "Pack-years" is one ... Read more

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FDA Expands Use of Xalkori (crizotinib) to Treat ROS-1 Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

March 11, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Xalkori (crizotinib) to treat people with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have an ROS-1 gene alteration. Xalkori is the first and only FDA approved treatment for patients with ROS-1 positive NSCLC. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, with an estimated 221,200 new diagnoses and 158,040 deaths in 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute. ROS-1 gene alterations, thought to lead to abnormal cells, have been identified in various cancers, including NSCLC. ROS-1 gene alterations are present in approximately 1 percent of patients with NSCLC. The overall patient and disease characteristics of NSCLC with ROS-1 gene alterations appear similar to NSCLC with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene alterations, for which crizotinib use was ... Read more

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Can Certain 'Poor Carb' Diets Raise Nonsmokers' Lung Cancer Risk?

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – Even people who've never smoked can get lung cancer, and a new study suggests their risk for the disease may rise if they eat a diet rich in certain carbohydrates. These so-called "high glycemic index" diets – regimens that trigger higher levels of insulin in the blood – tend to be heavy in refined, "poor quality" carbs, one expert explained. "The glycemic index and glycemic load are methods to estimate the quality and quantity of dietary carbohydrates," said Dr. Rishi Jain, a medical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. "Examples of foods with a high glycemic index include white bread and white potatoes." Jain explained that as rates of obesity and heart risk factors rise in the United States, so does the number of Americans with "insulin resistance," a precursor to diabetes. And he said insulin-linked disorders, which are often tied to ... Read more

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Lung Cancer Survivors May Be Getting Too Many PET Scans

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – Many lung and esophageal cancer survivors have PET imaging scans as part of ongoing monitoring for the possible return of cancer, but a new study suggests that many of those scans may be unnecessary. In addition, the researchers found that having the pricey scans as the first line of imaging detection might not improve survival rates. PET scans can detect early signs of cancer. But these tests can be expensive and aren't recommended by experts as the first option for long-term monitoring of cancer survivors. Medicare limits follow-up PET scans for cancer survivors to three per patient, the study authors noted. "PET scanning is a great technology and very effective, but using it [to screen for cancer recurrence] doesn't seem to make any difference for these cancers that have a relatively poor prognosis," said study author Dr. Mark Healy, a surgical resident and ... Read more

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Could a Lung Cancer Drug Work Better With Coke?

Posted 13 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 – Patients with the leading form of lung cancer may be able to look to Coca-Cola Classic to solve a common medicinal challenge, new research suggests. As the Dutch scientists explain it, the effectiveness of the powerful lung cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib) depends on the pH level of the stomach. But many people on Tarceva must also take a proton pump inhibitor heartburn medication – such as Nexium or Prilosec – which raises stomach pH to more alkaline levels. That higher pH can lower the absorption rate for Tarceva, cutting its effectiveness in fighting non-small-cell lung cancer, research suggests. One prior study involving healthy volunteers found the use of Prilosec lowered blood concentrations of Tarceva by 61 percent. What to do? In the new study, researchers led by Dr. Roelof van Leeuwen, of Erasmus MC Cancer Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, ... Read more

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Weight May Influence Outcomes After Lung Cancer Surgery

Posted 26 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – Lung cancer surgery patients are most likely to have complications and to die if they're either too thin or fat, a new study suggests. The study included more than 41,000 people who had lung cancer surgery between 2009 and 2014. Patients were categorized according to their body mass index (BMI) – an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. While the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, people who were either underweight or severely obese had the highest rates of complications and death following surgery, according to the study. The findings were to be presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in Phoenix. Weight "is associated with a patient's overall physiology and health, but overweight people need to have more muscle to carry the extra weight around," study co-leader Dr. Trevor Williams of the University of ... Read more

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Smokers With Pneumonia at Risk for Lung Cancer: Study

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Smokers diagnosed with pneumonia may be at greater risk for developing lung cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers found that 9 percent of smokers admitted to the hospital for pneumonia developed lung cancer within one year, so they recommend early screening for the disease among heavy smokers treated for pneumonia. "Lung cancer is truly aggressive. The only chance of recuperation is if it's caught before it begins to cause any symptoms at all. The idea is to find the tumor well in advance," said study leader Dr. Daniel Shepshelovich, from Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Rabin Medical Center, in Israel. "Previous studies have shown that a low-dose radiation CT scan conducted once a year on heavy smokers has the potential to lower lung cancer mortality rates," he said in a university news release. "But this requires huge resources, ... Read more

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Teikoku Pharma USA, Inc. Announces FDA Approval of Docetaxel Injection, Non-Alcohol Formula

Posted 30 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

San Jose, Calif. - December 28, 2015 - Teikoku Pharma USA (TPU) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has approved Docetaxel Injection, Non-Alcohol Formula ("Docetaxel Injection") for the treatment of breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, gastric adenocarcinoma, and head and neck cancer. Teikoku entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("Eagle Pharmaceuticals") in October 2015 to market, sell and distribute Docetaxel Injection in the U.S. The main difference, compared to other docetaxel formulations, is that Docetaxel Injection is the first non-alcohol formulation approved in the U.S. Further differentiating it from some of the currently marketed docetaxel formulations is that Teikoku's Docetaxel Injection: Requires no prior dilution with a diluent and is ready to add to the infusion solution; and ... Read more

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Keytruda May Help Fight Tough-to-Treat Lung Cancer

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Dec. 19, 2015 – The immune therapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) may extend the lives of people with advanced lung cancer, a new study finds. Keytruda is commonly used to treat other tumor types, and made headlines recently after it helped former President Jimmy Carter fight off brain cancer. In this study, researchers compared Keytruda to the chemotherapy drug docetaxel in more than 1,000 patients with non-small cell lung cancer. All of the patients were battling tumors that had progressed even after chemotherapy. Non-small cell lung cancer is the leading form of the disease. All of the patients' tumors produced a protein called PD-L1, which can shield the tumor from immune system attack, according to a team led by Dr. Roy Herbst, professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Among patients with the highest amounts of PD-L1, those who received Keytruda lived ... Read more

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Alecensa Approved for Lung Cancer Tied to Gene Mutation

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 – Alecensa (alectinib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug administration to treat anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive non-small cell lung cancer, the agency said Friday in a news release. This type of cancer often spreads to the brain. The pill is sanctioned for instances of worsening disease after patients take a standard therapy called Xalkori (crizotinib), or if they are unable to tolerate Xalkori. More than 221,000 people in the United States are projected to develop lung cancer this year, and more than 158,000 will die from it, according to the National Cancer Institute. ALK gene mutations are involved in about 5 percent of cases of non-small cell lung cancer, the FDA said. Alecensa is designed to block the effects of the ALK protein, thereby preventing these cancer cells from growing and spreading. The most common side effects of the drug are ... Read more

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FDA Approves Alecensa (alectinib) for ALK-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

December 11, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Alecensa (alectinib) to treat people with advanced (metastatic) ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has worsened after, or who could not tolerate treatment with, another therapy called Xalkori (crizotinib). Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with an estimated 221,200 new diagnoses and 158,040 deaths in 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute. An ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase) gene mutation can occur in several different types of cancer cells, including lung cancer cells. ALK gene mutations are present in about 5 percent of patients with NSCLC. In metastatic cancer, the disease spreads to new parts of the body. In ALK-positive NSCLC metastatic patients, the brain is a common place for the disease to spread. “Today’s approval provides a new th ... Read more

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Portrazza Approved for Advanced Lung Cancer

Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – Portrazza (necitumumab), in combination with two other chemotherapy drugs, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced squamous non-small cell lung cancer, the agency said Tuesday in a news release. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. More than 221,000 cases are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and more than 158,000 people are projected to die from the disease, the FDA said. Portrazza, approved for people who haven't had a previous therapy for squamous NSCLC, is designed to block a protein that's frequently found on such tumors, the agency explained. The drug was evaluated in combination with two other drugs, gemcitabine and cisplatin. Those who took the three-drug combination lived for an average of 11.5 months, compared to 9.9 months among those who took the other two drugs ... Read more

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FDA Approves Portrazza (necitumumab) for Advanced Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

November 24, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Portrazza (necitumumab) in combination with two forms of chemotherapy to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have not previously received medication specifically for treating their advanced lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with an estimated 221,200 new diagnoses and 158,040 deaths in 2015. The most common type of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, is further divided into two main types named for the kinds of cells found in the cancer – squamous cell and non-squamous cell (which includes adenocarcinoma). “Lung cancer tumors can be varied, so treatment options need to be tailored to the specific type of lung cancer in the patient,” said Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the Office of Hematology and Oncol ... Read more

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FDA Approves Tagrisso (osimertinib) for EGFR T790M Mutation-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted 16 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval for an oral medication to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Tagrisso (osimertinib) is now approved for patients whose tumors have a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation (T790M) and whose disease has gotten worse after treatment with other EGFR-blocking therapy. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with an estimated 221,200 new diagnoses and 158,040 deaths in 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute. The most common type of lung cancer, NSCLC occurs when cancer cells form in the tissues of the lung. The EGFR gene is a protein involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells. “Our understanding of the molecular basis of lung cancer and reasons these cancers become resistant to prior treatments is rapidly evolving,” said R ... Read more

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Lung Cancer Surgery Rates Differ Widely Between States

Posted 13 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 – Rates of surgery to cure lung cancer vary greatly across the United States, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from patients in 38 states and the District of Columbia who were diagnosed with early stage non-small cell lung cancer between 2007 and 2011. Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer. It can potentially be cured by surgery if it's detected at an early stage before it spreads, the study authors pointed out. The highest rates of surgery to cure lung cancer were seen in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Utah, at about 75 percent each. The lowest rate was in Wyoming, where patients were 25 percent less likely to have curative surgery than those in the top three states, the findings showed. "We do not have a uniform quality of health care in this country," said Dr. Helmneh Sineshaw, health services researcher with the American ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Lung Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Vascular Surgery, Bronchogenic Carcinoma

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