Late-stage lung cancer is often over-treated with radiation

Almost half of patients with advanced lung cancer receive more than the recommended number of radiation treatments to reduce their pain, according to a new study published in the┬áJournal of the National Cancer Institute. Radiation therapy that is palliative, or not intended to cure, can reduce the pain from lung tumors and improve quality of … Continue reading Late-stage lung cancer is often over-treated with radiation

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Physical activity benefits lung cancer patients and survivors

Exercise and physical activity should be considered as therapeutic options for lung cancer as they have been shown to reduce symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, improve quality of life, and potentially reduce length of hospital stay and complications following surgery for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States … Continue reading Physical activity benefits lung cancer patients and survivors

Race, hospital, insurance status all factors in how lung cancer is treated

African Americans, Hispanics, and those who receive care at a community hospital are all significantly less likely than other patients to receive treatment for early stage non-small cell lung cancer, according to a report in the┬áJournal of Thoracic Oncology. "We found significant disparities for treatment of a curable cancer based on race, insurance status, and … Continue reading Race, hospital, insurance status all factors in how lung cancer is treated