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Lung cancer stigma: ‘Everyone asks me if I smoked’

Lung cancer stigma: ‘Everyone asks me if I smoked’

When she developed shortness of breath, having lung cancer was the last thing on the mind of 35-year-old exercise physiologist Lisa Briggs. “It was devastating. It was numbing. I was in an array of panic, but I was also fighting for my life because there was a significant amount of bleeding in my lungs and […]

Fit young dad, 33, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer despite never smoking

Fit young dad, 33, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer despite never smoking

A healthy young father has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer at just 33 — despite never smoking and regularly playing sports. Zak Gleeson visited the doctor about a pain in his back but was referred to hospital. Tests showed cancer cells were in the dad’s lungs and bones. The kitchen and bathroom fitter, who played football every week […]

Breast cancer symptoms to look out for

Breast cancer symptoms to look out for

More than 40,000 women will be killed by breast cancer this year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Women face a one-in-37 chance of dying from the disease, which according to the ACS is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer. Read on to learn about symptoms of […]

Promising immunotherapy drug now available for some lung cancer patients in England

Promising immunotherapy drug now available for some lung cancer patients in England

Some lung cancer patients in England can now be offered a potentially life-extending immunotherapy drug. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said that nivolumab (Opdivo) should be made available to certain lung cancer patients in England through the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). Rose Gray, Cancer Research UK’s senior policy adviser, welcomed the decision […]

‘Epigenetic’ changes from cigarette smoke may be first step in lung cancer development

‘Epigenetic’ changes from cigarette smoke may be first step in lung cancer development

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have preliminary evidence in laboratory-grown, human airway cells that a condensed form of cigarette smoke triggers so-called “epigenetic” changes in the cells consistent with the earliest steps toward lung cancer development. Epigenetic processes are essentially switches that control a gene’s potentially heritable levels of protein […]

Molecules That May Help Prevent Brain Tumor Development Identified

Molecules That May Help Prevent Brain Tumor Development Identified

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth’s Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence have identified molecules which are responsible for metastatic lung cancer cells binding to blood vessels in the brain. In order for a cancer cell to enter the brain, it must first bind to the cells which line the structure separating the blood from […]

Concurrent chemotherapy, proton therapy improves survival in patients with advanced lung cancer

Concurrent chemotherapy, proton therapy improves survival in patients with advanced lung cancer

For patients with advanced, inoperable stage 3 lung cancer, concurrent chemotherapy and the specialized radiation treatment, proton therapy, offers improved survival compared to historical data for standard of care, according to a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The research, published in JAMA Oncology, reported an overall survival (OS) of 26.5 months. In […]

First-line immunotherapy treatment can improve survival for subset of lung cancer patients

First-line immunotherapy treatment can improve survival for subset of lung cancer patients

Findings from a phase III clinical trial for advanced lung cancer patients could help oncologists better predict which patients are likely to receive the most benefit from immunotherapy as a first-line treatment based on the unique molecular characteristics of their tumor, according to a new study reported by a global team led by David Carbone, […]

Discovery could guide immunotherapy for lung cancer

Discovery could guide immunotherapy for lung cancer

Scientists have discovered a new type of immune cell that could predict which lung cancer patients will benefit most from immunotherapy treatment, according to a Cancer Research UK funded study(link is external) published today (Monday) in Nature Immunology. Researchers at the University of Southampton(link is external) and La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, California(link is […]

Largest genome-wide study of lung cancer susceptibility identifies new causes

Largest genome-wide study of lung cancer susceptibility identifies new causes

A huge study identified several new variants for lung cancer risk that will translate into improved understanding of the mechanisms involved in lung cancer risk. Using the OncoArray genotyping platform developed by multiple cancer consortia, a recent large aggregated genomewide association study identifies new susceptibility loci for lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer mortality […]

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