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FDA Approves Opdivo (nivolumab) for Certain Patients with Previously Treated Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted 21 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 17, 2018 – Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that Opdivo (nivolumab) received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the first and only Immuno-Oncology treatment option for patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer (SCLC) whose cancer has progressed after platinum-based chemotherapy and at least one other ...

Lung Cancer Screening's Downside Not Discussed Enough

Posted 13 Aug 2018 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Exercise May Help Lung Cancer Surgery Go More Smoothly

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – Lung cancer patients can halve their risk of postop complications by taking up an exercise program before their surgery, a new report suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed reports on 13 clinical trials that included a total of over 800 people who had surgery for cancer. The patients had been treated for cancer of the bowel, liver, esophagus, lung, mouth or ...

Many Lung Cancer Patients Aren't Getting Best Treatment: Study

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Chemotherapy and radiation are the standard of care for small-cell lung cancer that hasn't spread to other parts of the body. But many patients don't receive these treatments, a new study indicates. This less-than-optimal care is reducing survival rates, according to researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. "In order to improve access to care ...

Best Ways to Quit Smoking, Cut Your Lung Cancer Risk

Posted 6 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – While there is no sure way to avoid lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Smoking contributes to 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Lung Association. Men who smoke have a 23 times increased risk of lung cancer. And exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the ...

Commitment Is Key for Online Quit-Smoking Groups

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – An online social network designed to help you quit smoking can do just that, a new study finds. But the odds of quitting rise along with the level of active involvement, the researchers said. They examined the impact of BecomeAnEX.org, a social network site created by the nonprofit anti-tobacco group Truth Initiative, in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. Network users ...

Survival Odds Improving for Lung Cancer Patients

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – In a finding that offers some hope to those fighting lung cancer, researchers report that survival rates have improved among those with early stage disease. "More and more patients are being cured of lung cancer, with both surgery and radiation as good treatment options," said study author Dr. Nirav Kapadia, from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. ...

Health Tip: Screening for Lung Cancer

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and often lacks symptoms in its earliest stages. That's what makes lung cancer screening so important, the American Lung Association says. The organization provides this additional information: Screening can help find lung cancer at an early stage when it is easier to treat. A low (radiation) dose CT scan may reduce your chances of dying ...

Switch From Smoking to Vaping Could Save Over 6 Million U.S. Lives

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – Millions of cigarette smokers could live substantially longer if electronic cigarettes are embraced as a replacement for tobacco during the next decade, a new study contends. As many as 6.6 million cigarette smokers could live a combined 86.7 million more years under policies that encourage them to swap their smokes for e-cigarettes, according to "optimistic" projections ...

Radiation and Chemotherapy Together Boost Lung Cancer Survival

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – Combining radiation therapy with chemotherapy has substantially extended survival for many people with lung cancer, two new studies report. About 32 percent of non-small cell lung cancer patients who received chemoradiation therapy were still alive five years following treatment, a survival rate double that of previous estimates, according to results from a long-term ...

HIV and Smoking a Lethal Combo for the Lungs

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – HIV patients who take their medication but also smoke are about 10 times more likely to die from lung cancer than from AIDS-related causes, a new study estimates. Lifesaving antiretroviral drugs have improved life expectancy to the point that patients now have more to fear from tobacco than HIV, said lead researcher Dr. Krishna Reddy. "Thanks to antiretroviral medicines, ...

Cancer Takes Financial Toll, Even With Insurance

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – Many cancer patients in the United States are shocked by their out-of-pocket costs for care – with some spending one-third of their income on treatment, a new study finds. The study looked at the financial toll of cancer treatment on people who have health insurance. The vast majority in the study had private insurance or Medicare coverage; the rest were on Medicaid, ...

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