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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

In Lung Cancer, Not All HER2 Alterations Are Created Equal

Jan. 28, 2016 — Study shows two distinct causes of HER2 activation in lung cancer: mutation of the gene and amplification of the gene. In patient samples of lung adenocarcinoma, 3 percent were found to have HER2 ... read more

Researchers Find Shared Molecular Response to Tobacco Smoke, Indoor Air Pollution

Jan. 11, 2016 — Exposure to certain household air pollutants may cause some of the same molecular changes as smoking cigarettes, report scientists. The study, conducted on non-smoking women living in rural China who ... read more

Smokers Diagnosed With Pneumonia Found to Have Higher Risk of Lung Cancer

Jan. 7, 2016 — Screening heavy smokers admitted to the hospital with community-acquired pneumonia could facilitate the early diagnosis of lung cancer and thereby reduce the incidence of mortality, a new report ... read more

Three Hits to Fight Lung Cancer

Jan. 4, 2016 — Cancers with KRAS-related gene mutations might benefit from a triple therapy with two experimental drugs plus radiation therapy, a new study in mice has ... read more

Personalizing Cancer Therapies May Combat Resistance to Targeted Therapy Drugs

Dec. 23, 2015 — American physicians report the case of a patients whose lung cancer was re-sensitized to crizotinib, a first-generation targeted therapy drug, by a mutation conferring resistance to a more selective, ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — Low-dose CT screening is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and numerous other organizations for people 55 and over with no symptoms of lung cancer who have smoked the equivalent ... read more

Afatinib a Better Choice for EGFR-Mutated Lung Cancer in First-Line Treatment

Dec. 21, 2015 — Patients with EGFR-activating mutations in advanced lung cancer seem to benefit more from afatinib than gefitinib as first-line treatment, researchers ... read more

Immunotherapy Drug More Effective Than Chemotherapy in Most Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer, Study Finds

Dec. 19, 2015 — A new study has found immunotherapy to be more effective than chemotherapy in treating most previously treated patients with advanced lung cancer, and demonstrated effectiveness in a wider population ... read more

Researchers Develop New Method for Looking Into the Lungs

Dec. 18, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have succeeded in producing 3-D images showing oxygen and carbon dioxide transport in the lungs. The new method provides hope for better treatment of COPD and lung ... read more

Younger Age Associated With Increased Likelihood of Targetable Genotype in Lung Cancer

Dec. 17, 2015 — Patients younger than 50 diagnosed with non-small-cell lung cancer had a higher likelihood of having a targetable genomic alteration for which therapies exist, according to an ... read more

When Cancer of Unknown Origin Strikes, Patient's Family Members Face Increased Risk

Dec. 17, 2015 — Cancer usually begins in one location and then spreads, but in 3 percent to 5 percent of cancer patients, the tissue where a cancer begins is unknown. Family members of patients with cancers of ... read more

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers Can Be Sorted in Clusters by Endocytic Changes

Dec. 11, 2015 — Endocytosis is not normal in cancer cells but how dysregulated the process is in cancer cells has just been revealed by researchers who used three endocytic pathways as markers to sort out 29 ... read more

Researchers Identify Biomarker of Early Lung Cancer That May Increase Survival

Dec. 3, 2015 — Researchers have identified a biomarker that detects the most common lung cancer in its earliest stage. The discovery could one day change how long lung cancer patients ... read more

Genetic Mutations Differ Within a Single Tumor

Dec. 2, 2015 — When researchers looked at different areas within an individual rectal cancer sample, they found cases in which each area contained different genetic mutations. The findings could have significant ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — In a first, researchers show the potential a PD-1 antibody, nivolumab, has in fighting the disease. Nivolumab, an inhibitory antibody for PD-1, has shown efficacy in several types of malignancies ... read more

Tumor-Suppressor P53 Regulates Protein That Stifles Immune Attack on Cancer

Nov. 20, 2015 — A crucial tumor-thwarting gene protects an immune attack against lung cancer by blocking the key to an off switch on T cells, the customized warriors of the immune system, a team of researchers ... read more

Circulating Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells Successfully Cultivated for the Very First Time

Nov. 19, 2015 — Most cases of small cell lung cancer are only diagnosed after the tumor has already formed metastases. Until now it has not been possible to investigate the reasons for this rapid metastasis, because ... read more

Receiving Curative Lung Cancer Surgery Varies by State

Nov. 13, 2015 — The likelihood of receiving curative-intent surgery for patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer varies substantially from state to state, according to new ... read more

Engineers Develop 'Killer Cells' to Destroy Cancer in Lymph Nodes

Nov. 13, 2015 — Biomedical engineers have developed specialized white blood cells -- dubbed 'super natural killer cells' -- that seek out cancer cells in lymph nodes with only one purpose: destroy them. ... read more

Link Found Between Genetic Mutations, Proliferation, Immune Surveillance in Lung Cancer

Nov. 11, 2015 — There are four gene mutations (KRAS, TP53, STK11, and EGFR) that most commonly occur in lung cancer; however, there are limited effective therapies to target these mutations. With this in mind, ... read more

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