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Indicators related to lung cancer recurrence, metastases and survival can inform treatment of patients

A new study describes prognostic factors for lung cancer spread and recurrence, as well as subsequent risk of death from the disease. ...

FDA expands approved use of Opdivo to treat lung cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Opdivo (nivolumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) squamous non-small ...

Researchers Identify Genes Responsible for Lung Tumors

(Boston)–The lung transcription factor Nkx2-1 is an important gene regulating lung formation and normal respiratory functions after birth. Alterations in the expression of this transcription factor can lead to diseases such as lung interstitial disease, post-natal respiratory distress and lung cancer. ... Full story

Research in the News: Liquid biopsy: A real-time blood test for solid lung cancer tumors

By Vicky Agnew - In the rapidly changing world of molecular profiling for genetic diseases, cancer researchers are increasingly optimistic about the reality of a simple blood test to monitor and treat solid tumor cancers. ... Full story

Decline in Smoking Rates May Increase Lung Cancer Mortality Due to Inadequate Screening Guidelines

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A decline in smoking rates may mean that many people who could have benefited from early detection of lung cancer are dying because they don’t qualify for low-dose CT scans, according to a group of Mayo Clinic researchers. Their research appears in the Feb. 24 issue of JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association. ... Full story

Study finds no reason for cancer survivors to be excluded in advanced stage lung cancer trials

DALLAS – The common practice of excluding patients with a prior cancer diagnosis from lung cancer clinical trials may not be justified, according to a study by researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center. ... Full story

Lung cancer takes the place of breast cancer as the leading cause of death from cancer in women

by Koh - Epidemiologists have predicted it for years, and now the moment has come: For the first time ever, lung cancer will replace breast cancer as the leading cause of death from cancer in women. ... Full story

Lung cancer screening at Keck Medicine of USC now covered by Medicare, those at high risk encouraged to get screened

Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) decision to provide coverage of annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening for patients ages 55 to 77 years with at least a 30 pack-year smoking history. ... Full story

ASTRO applauds Medicare’s final decision to cover annual, low-dose CT screening for high-risk lung cancer patients ages 55 to 77

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) commends the February 5, 2015, decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide coverage for annual lung cancer screening via low-dose CT screening for those at highest-risk for lung cancer. ... Full story

U.Va. Researchers Discover Key to Lung Cancer’s Spread

In a breakthrough in the understanding of how cancer spreads, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified a substance secreted by lung cancer cells that enables them to metastasize, beginning their deadly march to other sites in the body. By blocking that process in lab studies, the researchers were able to confine cancer cells to a single tumor site, offering hope that drugs could one day block the spread of cancers in people. ... Full story

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