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 Journal 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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Survey sheds light on common clinical practice for incompletely resected lung cancer

A landmark survey of more than 700 specialists provides crucial real-world insight into the treatments most oncologists choose for lung cancer patients whose tumour has been incompletely resected, an expert from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) says. Jean Yves Douillard, from the ICO Institut de Cancerologie de l'Ouest René Gauducheau, France, Chair of … Continue reading Survey sheds light on common clinical practice for incompletely resected lung cancer

Pattern in lung cancer pathology may predict cancer recurrence after surgery

Findings could help identify patients most likely to benefit from lung-sparing surgery A new study by thoracic surgeons and pathologists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center shows that a specific pattern found in the tumor pathology of some lung cancer patients is a strong predictor of recurrence. Knowing that this feature exists in a tumor's pathology … Continue reading Pattern in lung cancer pathology may predict cancer recurrence after surgery

Effect of obesity on patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer

Obesity increases health risks for many things. Researchers wanted to know the impact of obesity on outcomes of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. In the September issue of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer's journal, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO), researchers conclude that obese patients had superior outcomes early on … Continue reading Effect of obesity on patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer

Emerging cancer drugs may drive bone tumors

Cancer drugs should kill tumors, not encourage their spread. But new evidence suggests that an otherwise promising class of drugs may actually increase the risk of tumors spreading to bone, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The drugs, IAP antagonists, block survival signals that many cancer cells rely on … Continue reading Emerging cancer drugs may drive bone tumors