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  1. Better Predictor of Lung Cancer Survival?

    Aug. 9, 2005 -- Data from lung images may help predict lung cancer survival, according to researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The finding is "provocative" and requires more research, write Robert James Cerfolio, MD, FACS, FCCP, and colleagues in The Journal of Thoracic and Card

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  2. Screening, Treating, & Surviving Lung Cancer

    Aug. 9, 2005 -- Lung cancer has entered the headlines with the recent death of news anchor Peter Jennings and an announcement by Christopher Reeve's widow, Dana. Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths for U.S. men and women. Health professionals agree that smoking greatly raises the risk of

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  3. Lung Cancer Drug May Improve Survival

    July 13, 2005 -- Researchers report that a lung cancer drug called Tarceva may extend patients' lives with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in North America, write the researchers in The New England Journal of Medicine. Most lung cancers (nearly

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  4. Wood Smoke Tied to Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

    July 11, 2005 -- Mexican researchers say wood smoke may cause lung cancer in nonsmokers. Javier Delgado, MSc, and colleagues report the finding in Chest. They work at Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias. Most of the nonsmoking lung cancer patients they saw were rural Mexican wo

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  5. Lung Cancer in Black Relative Ups Family's Risk

    June 21, 2005 -- Men and women with a black brother, sister, child, or parent who had lung cancer before age 50 may have a higher risk of lung cancer. That's also true for families with a white relative who had lung cancer at an early age. But the risk is twice as high for relatives of black patient

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  6. FDA Limits Use of Lung Cancer Drug Iressa

    June 20, 2005 -- People newly diagnosed with lung cancer should not take the lung cancer drug Iressa, according to new limitations placed on the drug by the FDA. Following results of a large study that showed Iressa did not help people with the disease live longer, the FDA says only lung cancer pati

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  7. Electronic Nose May Sniff Out Lung Cancer

    June 1, 2005 -- Detecting lung cancer soon may be as easy as taking a breath. A new study shows that an experimental "electronic nose" can detect lung cancer in the exhaled breath of people with the disease. Researchers say the device detects unique "smellprints" found in the exhaled breath of peopl

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  8. Secondhand Smoke Hurts Heart Like Smoking

    May 23, 2005 -- The heart just doesn't like smoking, no matter who's doing it. That's the take-home message of a review of research about secondhand smoke's cardiac toll. The report -- published in Circulation -- documents a long list of heart hazards from secondhand smoke. Wisp for wisp, secondhand

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  9. Can Chest X-Rays Find Lung Cancer Early?

    April 8, 2005 -- When the news that Peter Jennings had lung cancer hit earlier this week, many WebMD users asked why doctors don't use chest X-rays to diagnose lung cancer at an early stage, when it's more treatable. WebMD turned to cancer expert Harold Burstein, MD, assistant professor of medicine

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  10. Peter Jennings Has Lung Cancer

    April 5, 2005 -- ABC news anchor Peter Jennings today said he has lung cancer. Jennings, 66, learned of the diagnosis only yesterday afternoon. He will begin outpatient chemotherapy next week, according to an ABC news release. Jennings expects to stay on the air as his condition permits. In an email

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