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  1. Cancer Patients Live Longer With Palliative Care

    Aug. 18, 2010 -- Offering palliative care, including pain management and counseling services, soon after diagnosis can help people with advanced lung cancer live longer and with a better quality of life, a study shows. The study is published in the Aug. 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicin

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  2. Vitamin B6 Linked to Lower Lung Cancer Risk

    June 15, 2010 -- Having higher blood levels of vitamin B6 and the amino acid methionine both appear to reduce lung cancer risk in smokers and nonsmokers alike, according to a new study. "We found that vitamin B6 and methionine are strongly associated with reducing lung cancer risk in people who neve

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  3. Cancer Caregivers Share Patient Stresses

    June 11, 2010 -- Ed Grace’s journey as a caregiver began in December of 2004 when his wife, Diana, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Over the next 2 1/2 years, the semi-retired aerospace engineer experienced many of the same emotional highs and lows as his wife as she underwent e

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  4. Pill Shrinks Some Lung Cancers

    June 7, 2010 (Chicago) -- An experimental pill shrank tumors in lung cancer patients who have a specific genetic abnormality. After treatment with the drug crizotinib, tumors shrank or stopped growing in more than 90% of 82 advanced lung cancer patients with the genetic abnormality. In 57%, tumors s

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  5. Study: Shark Cartilage No Help for Cancer

    May 26, 2010 -- Hopes that shark cartilage would prove to be a useful treatment for cancer were not borne out in one of the most rigorously designed and executed studies of an alternative therapy ever conducted. Adding a drug derived from shark cartilage to standard cancer treatments did not improve

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  6. New Progress in Targeted Lung Cancer Therapy

    April 19, 2010 (Washington, D.C.) -- New research offers hope that people with lung cancer will live longer if drug therapy is guided by the molecular traits of tumors. "The goal is to match the correct drug with the right patient, based on the best tumor markers we have," says Roy Herbst, MD, of th

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  7. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: When You Need More Than One Treatment

    “We work in a team when it comes to planning care for a lung cancer patient,” says Steven E. Schild, MD, professor and chairman of the department of radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. This means that you will be working with one or more of the following specialists:   Pulmono

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  8. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Advances in Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy is being used in new ways to treat non-small cell lung cancer (NCSLC). Until a few years ago, only patients with late-stage lung cancer received chemotherapy to help prolong life. Now, chemotherapy is given at earlier stages, in addition to other treatments, to slow the progression of c

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  9. New Way to Treat Inoperable Lung Cancer

    March 16, 2010 -- An experimental type of highly focused radiation therapy may control inoperable lung cancer tumors and help people with the deadly disease live longer. A new study shows stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) effectively controlled more than 87% of early-stage inoperable non-sm

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  10. Widespread Misperceptions About Lung Cancer

    Feb. 22, 2010 -- Most people in the U.S. underestimate the deadliness of lung cancer, but African-American's misperceptions about the disease may be especially hazardous to their own health, a study shows. The results show the vast majority of American adults don't know that more than three-fourths

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