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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 can share information and support through blogs, forums and messages. More than 800,000 people have registered since the network was launched in 2008. The study included more than 2,600 smokers who signed up on BecomeAnEX.org. After three months, 21 percent of those who actively contributed content on the site had quit smoking, compared with 11 percent who only read others' posts and 8 percent of those who never visited the site. Researchers from the Truth Initiative and the University of Iowa ... Read more

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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. "Our study optimistically suggests that if current trends persist, survival for [non-small-cell lung cancer] will continue to improve over time," he said. The study included more than 65,000 people diagnosed with stage 1 non-small-cell lung cancer between 2000 and 2010. Of that group, 62 percent had surgery, 15 percent received radiation therapy, 3 percent had both surgery and radiation and 18 percent received neither treatment. The two-year survival rate for people treated with either surgery ... Read more

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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 from lung cancer. This imaging process takes a series of pictures as you lie on a table that slides in and out of a scanning machine. Lung cancer screening is not suitable for everyone, but may be recommended for those at high risk for developing the disease. Read more

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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 from cancer researchers at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Even a worst-case scenario involving e-cigarettes would still save lives, the researchers said. Under a "pessimistic" projection, 1.6 million former cigarette smokers would have a combined 20.8 million more years of additional life, the research team found. These numbers show that adopting e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking could prove the easiest way to cause tobacco use to dwindle in the United States, said lead ... Read more

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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 clinical trial. Further, a small second clinical trial of people with lung cancer that had already spread to other parts of the body showed that radiation therapy added to chemo dramatically slowed the time until these cancers progressed further. The two studies show that radiation therapy and chemotherapy work well together, and that radiation also might help patients who are undergoing newer forms of cancer treatment like targeted therapy and immunotherapy, said Dr. Benjamin Movsas, a radiation ... Read more

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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, people with HIV are living longer," said Reddy, a pulmonologist and critical care doctor with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "The bad news is that they're living long enough to get cancer." Based on the new findings, smoking cessation should be a focus of treatment, he and his colleagues said. More than 40 percent of people with HIV are smokers, a rate more than double that of the general population, Reddy said. Fatalism and depression among HIV patients often lead them to take up ... Read more

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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, the government insurance program for poor Americans. Despite that, the study found, patients typically spent nearly $600 a month on their treatment. Overall, 16 percent said they were facing "high or overwhelming financial distress." Those patients were spending nearly one-third of their monthly income on cancer care. Dr. Yousuf Zafar, the senior researcher on the study, used the term "financial toxicity." "Oncologists talk about the toxicities of cancer treatment. But there can also be a ... Read more

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For Holocaust Survivors, Raised Risk of Cancer

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Holocaust survivors face an increased risk for cancer, a new study finds. The study included more than 152,600 survivors of the World War II genocide who were followed for more than 45 years. The researchers compared whether these survivors received compensation for their suffering and whether they were born in Nazi-occupied countries. Cancer was diagnosed in 22 percent of compensated survivors and 16 percent of the others, the findings showed. Compensated survivors were 6 percent more likely to develop any type of cancer; 12 percent more likely to have colorectal cancer; and 37 percent more likely to have lung cancer. In addition, the investigators found that people born in occupied countries had an 8 percent higher cancer risk. Their risk of colorectal cancer was also 8 percent higher, and their risk of lung cancer was 12 percent higher. Female holocaust ... Read more

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Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Public-funded trials have significantly extended the lives of people diagnosed with cancer, according to new research. SWOG, the clinical trials network funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), has involved more than 200,000 patient volunteers. These trials have led to approval of 14 new cancer drugs and more than 100 changes to cancer care standards. All told, the clinical trials studied extended life by 3.34 million years, the study found. SWOG estimates the dollar return on investment from federal funding at $125 for each year of life gained. "A lot of people with cancer have lived longer because of the therapies tested in our publicly funded trials," study leader Joseph Unger said in a SWOG news release. He is an assistant member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Cancer Prevention Program in Seattle. "At the same time, the cost of ... Read more

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Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – Overall cancer death rates in the United States continue to fall, but racial gaps persist, a new report says. Death rates fell between 2010 and 2014 for 11 of the 16 most common cancers in men and for 13 of the most common types in women, including lung, colon, prostate and breast cancers. However, death rates rose for cancers of the liver, pancreas and brain in men and for the liver and uterus in women. And improvements in cancer survival weren't equal for all Americans. "While this report found that five-year survival for most types of cancer improved among both blacks and whites over the past several decades, racial disparities for many common cancers have persisted, and they may have increased for prostate cancer and female breast cancer," said Dr. Lynne Penberthy. She's associate director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Surveillance Research ... Read more

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Smoking Rates Drop After Global Tobacco Treaty

Posted 22 Mar 2017 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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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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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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