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Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT Scan May Lead to Overdiagnosis (December 26, 2013)

Screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT scan may lead to overdiagnosis, according to the results of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. The disease... Continue Reading

End-of-Life Care Remains Aggressive, Despite Patient Wishes (September 16, 2013)

Although most patients with advanced cancer prefer hospice or palliative care that minimizes symptoms, many continue to receive aggressive treatment during their final weeks and months of life. In fact, elderly patients with advanced cancer often receive... Continue Reading

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening in High-Risk Individuals (August 23, 2013)

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening people who are at high risk for lung cancer with annual low-dose CT scans, which can prevent a substantial number of lung cancer-related deaths. This is a grade B draft recommendation. Lung... Continue Reading

Following Lifestyle Recommendations Reduces Risk of Cancer Death (May 15, 2013)

People who follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations laid out by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have a 34 percent reduced risk of dying from several diseases and specifically, a 20 percent... Continue Reading

Screening Could Reduce Lung Cancer Mortality (April 24, 2013)

Screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in all screening-eligible current and former smokers could potentially avert approximately 12,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States, according to the results of a study... Continue Reading

Cancer Deaths on the Decline (February 11, 2013)

Overall cancer death rates continue to decline in both men and women and across major ethnic and racial groups, according to the annual Status of Cancer report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. What’s more—cancer incidence... Continue Reading

Xgeva Improves Survival Over Zometa in Advanced Lung Cancer (November 28, 2012)

Patients with advanced lung cancer experienced modest improvement in survival when they received bone-targeted therapy with Xgeva® (denosumab) instead of Zometa® (zoledronic acid), according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Thoracic... Continue Reading

Diesel Exhaust Linked to Lung Cancer (June 26, 2012)

Diesel exhaust is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, according to a press release issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).[1] The announcement came after a group of international experts gathered for a weeklong meeting to review the... Continue Reading

New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines (May 25, 2012)

New lung cancer screening guidelines recommend annual CT scans only for a select group of people—those aged 55 to 74 who are current or former smokers. The guidelines are the result of a systematic review by an expert panel from several medical groups... Continue Reading

Approximately 16% of Worldwide Cancers Caused By Preventable Infections (May 17, 2012)

Two million cancer cases each year—or roughly 16 percent of cancers worldwide—are the result of preventable and treatable infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis C (HCV), according to the results of a study published in The Lancet... Continue Reading

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Xgeva Improves Survival Over Zometa in Advanced Lung Cancer (November 28, 2012)

Patients with advanced lung cancer experienced modest improvement in survival when they received bone-targeted therapy with Xgeva® (denosumab) instead of Zometa® (zoledronic acid), according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Thoracic... Continue Reading

Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation May Improve Survival in Small Cell Lung Cancer (June 14, 2011)

Radiation to the brain prior to detectable spread of cancer to the brain improved survival in patients with both early- and late-stage small cell lung cancer. These results were recently presented at the 2011 meeting of the American Society of Clinical... Continue Reading

Some Patients with Advanced Cancer Continue Screening (October 22, 2010)

A significant proportion of patients with advanced cancers continue to undergo cancer screening, even though screening is unlikely to benefit these patients. These findings were recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Cancer... Continue Reading

Depression May Persist With Metastatic Cancer (May 27, 2010)

A substantial number of patients with metastatic cancer may suffer from depression which tends to persist and grow more severe toward the end of life, according to the results of a study published early online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.[1] While... Continue Reading

Most Survivors of Lung and Colorectal Cancer Keep Their Jobs (April 14, 2010)

Among people diagnosed with nonmetastatic lung or colorectal cancer, the majority return to work, according to a study recently published in Journal of Clinical Oncology. Those who do leave the workforce tend to have worse prognoses and lower socioeconomic... Continue Reading

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Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation May Improve Survival in Small Cell Lung Cancer (June 14, 2011)

Radiation to the brain prior to detectable spread of cancer to the brain improved survival in patients with both early- and late-stage small cell lung cancer. These results were recently presented at the 2011 meeting of the American Society of Clinical... Continue Reading

Most Survivors of Lung and Colorectal Cancer Keep Their Jobs (April 14, 2010)

Among people diagnosed with nonmetastatic lung or colorectal cancer, the majority return to work, according to a study recently published in Journal of Clinical Oncology. Those who do leave the workforce tend to have worse prognoses and lower socioeconomic... Continue Reading

Smoking Cessation After Lung Cancer Diagnosis Improves Survival (February 11, 2010)

Quitting smoking after a diagnosis of early-stage lung cancer may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and death. These results were published in the British Medical Journal. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with... Continue Reading

November Is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November 6, 2009)

As the month of November brings lung cancer into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated lung cancer information... Continue Reading

Thalidomide Doesn’t Benefit Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer (July 22, 2009)

Treatment with a combination of thalidomide and chemotherapy did not improve survival among patients with small cell lung cancer, and resulted in a higher risk of blood clots than treatment with chemotherapy alone. The results of this study were published... Continue Reading

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Xgeva Improves Survival Over Zometa in Advanced Lung Cancer (November 28, 2012)

Patients with advanced lung cancer experienced modest improvement in survival when they received bone-targeted therapy with Xgeva® (denosumab) instead of Zometa® (zoledronic acid), according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Thoracic... Continue Reading

Study Evaluates Whole-brain Radiation Following Surgery or Radiosurgery in Cancer Spread to the Brain (November 16, 2010)

Results from a randomized Phase III study indicate that whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) following removal of one to three brain metastases with surgery or radiosurgery does not improve overall survival or duration of functional independence but does... Continue Reading

November Is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November 6, 2009)

As the month of November brings lung cancer into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated lung cancer information... Continue Reading

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Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT Scan May Lead to Overdiagnosis (December 26, 2013)

Screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT scan may lead to overdiagnosis, according to the results of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. The disease... Continue Reading

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening in High-Risk Individuals (August 23, 2013)

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening people who are at high risk for lung cancer with annual low-dose CT scans, which can prevent a substantial number of lung cancer-related deaths. This is a grade B draft recommendation. Lung... Continue Reading

Screening Could Reduce Lung Cancer Mortality (April 24, 2013)

Screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in all screening-eligible current and former smokers could potentially avert approximately 12,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States, according to the results of a study... Continue Reading

Diesel Exhaust Linked to Lung Cancer (June 26, 2012)

Diesel exhaust is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, according to a press release issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).[1] The announcement came after a group of international experts gathered for a weeklong meeting to review the... Continue Reading

New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines (May 25, 2012)

New lung cancer screening guidelines recommend annual CT scans only for a select group of people—those aged 55 to 74 who are current or former smokers. The guidelines are the result of a systematic review by an expert panel from several medical groups... Continue Reading

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