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    1. Diabetes Drugs May Slow Lung Cancer

      Nov. 2, 2010 -- Certain diabetes medications, including metformin, may slow the progression of lung cancer and lengthen survival, according to a new study. ''When they presented with the cancer, those [patients] who took one of these drugs were much less likely to have metastatic disease," says rese

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    2. Americans Lack Basic Facts on Lung Cancer

      Oct. 27, 2010 -- Americans’ knowledge about lung cancer lags behind knowledge about other cancers, even though lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. That’s according to a new survey by the National Lung Cancer Partnership. In the survey of 1,000 adults, 80% of people did not k

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    3. Lung Cancer Drug Crizotinib Shows Promise

      Oct. 27, 2010 -- An experimental drug is showing promise as a targeted treatment for lung cancer patients with a specific genetic abnormality. In an early clinical trial, nearly 57% of patients with very advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with the drug crizotinib for two months saw

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    4. Tarceva May Improve Survival From Lung Cancer

      Oct. 11, 2010 - Patients whose advanced lung cancers bear the EGFR mutation survive two to three times longer if given initial treatment with Tarceva, a Chinese study suggests. A Japanese study reported earlier this year suggests that a similar drug, Iressa, may also be most effective if given prior

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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