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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Cigars, Pipes No Safer Than Cigarettes

    Feb. 16, 2010 -- Switching from cigarettes to cigars or pipes isn’t going to do your lungs any favors. A new study suggests that pipe and cigar smoking may be more harmful than thought. Researchers say cigarette smoking has declined in recent years, and pipe and cigar smoking have increased, partly

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  6. Smokers With Lung Cancer: Not Too Late to Quit

    Jan. 21, 2010 -- Smokers with lung cancer who have asked "Why quit now, I'm already sick?" may find new motivation in this answer: Doing so could double their odds of survival over five years. A report published online today in BMJ suggests that people who give up smoking after being diagnosed with

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  7. Blood Test for Lung Cancer in the Works

    Jan. 13, 2010 (Coronado, Calif.) -- A blood test under study to help diagnose lung cancer looks promising, researchers reported Tuesday at a cancer meeting in California. If perfected, the test could help spare patients the need to undergo invasive procedures such as biopsies when lung cancer is sus

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  8. Lung Cancer Drug Zaps Tumor Blood Vessels

    Jan. 13, 2010 (Coronado, Calif.) -- A new lung cancer drug that disrupts blood vessels within the tumor and inhibits blood flow to it looks promising, say researchers who are slated to report their findings Thursday at a cancer meeting in California. When added to traditional chemotherapy, the new d

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  9. Compound May Fight Hard-to-Treat Lung Cancer

    Dec. 29, 2009 -- Scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute say they have developed a compound that may be capable of halting a common type of drug-resistant lung cancer. Their study is published in the Dec. 24/31 issue of the journal Nature. The researchers say the framework of the new compound

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  10. Survival Improves Slightly for Advanced Lung Cancer

    Dec. 2, 2009 -- Survival for the advanced stage of the most common form of lung cancer is slightly better than it was 20 years ago, a new study says. Reporting in the November issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, researchers say one-year survival of people with stage IV non-small-cell lung can

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