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  1. Inoperable Lung Tumors Zapped

    June 17, 2008 -- A device that zaps tumors ups survival in patients with small, inoperable lung cancers, an international clinical trial suggests. The technique is called radiofrequency ablation or RFA. Riccardo Lencioni, MD, Robert Suh, MD, and colleagues used RFA to zap 183 lung tumors in 106 pati

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  2. Blood Test May Spot Early Lung Cancer

    June 3, 2008 (Chicago) -- A simple blood test may be able to spot lung cancer in smokers long before symptoms develop, when there is still a chance of a cure, researchers report. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer, taking the lives of more than 160,000 Americans last year, according to the Ame

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  3. Erbitux Fights Advanced Lung Cancer

    June 1, 2008 (Chicago) -- Adding the drug Erbitux to standard chemotherapy extends the lives of advanced lung cancer patients by about five weeks, according to results of a large international trial. In the study of 1,125 patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer, those given the combination

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  4. Lung Cancer Blood Test in the Works

    May 19, 2008 -- A new blood test for lung cancer is 87% accurate in early studies. Unlike most other cancer blood tests, the new lung cancer test doesn't look for particles thrown off by cancer cells as they grow wildly. Instead, it looks for the genetic signature of immune-system cells activated by

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  5. Gene Test May ID Lung Cancer Spread

    May 16, 2008 -- A test that characterizes early lung tumors by their genetic fingerprint may help identify patients whose cancer is most likely to spread, researchers report. The powerful genetic tool may help spare many early-stage lung cancer patients with less aggressive disease from unnecessary

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  6. Vaccine May Treat Lung Cancer

    April 25, 2008 -- An experimental vaccine that works by training the immune system to kill specific tumor cells is showing promise for the treatment of early lung cancer, researchers report. The immune-system-boosting vaccine targets a protein expressed in certain cancer cells, but not in normal cel

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  7. Common Viruses Raise Lung Cancer Risk

    April 25, 2008 -- Smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer, but new research suggests that common viruses, including one linked to cervical cancer, may also contribute to the development of the deadly disease. Scientists have found evidence of the measles virus and human papillomavi

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  8. Smokers and Lung Cancer: Gene Risk?

    April 2, 2008 -- Some smokers may be especially vulnerable to lung cancer because of a genetic variation in chromosome 15. Three new studies published in this week's editions of Nature and Nature Genetics focus on a region of chromosome 15 in smokers. Variations in that area of chromosome 15 are lin

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  9. Lung Cancer Rarer in Sunny Countries?

    Dec. 18, 2007 -- A new study shows that sunshine may make lung cancer less likely, thanks to vitamin D, which the body makes when exposed to sunshine. The study tracks lung cancer rates in 111 countries. Lung cancer rates were lower in countries along the equator than in countries far from the equat

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  10. Lung Cancer Blood Test in the Works

    Dec. 7, 2007 -- The first blood test for lung cancer may be one step closer to reality. Doctors at Duke University have developed a lung cancer blood test that focuses on four blood proteins. The test isn't ready for lung cancer screening. But if it succeeds in further studies, the test may help det

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