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Weekly Lung Cancer News Update

Week ending April 13, 2014

Menlo Park Woman Helping to Change the Stigma of Lung Cancer
New treatments are giving hope to lung cancer patients

“Molly Golbon doesn't take much for granted these days. The 39-year old married working mom of two knows life can take unexpected turns. For her, it came with a pain in her throat, tiredness, and cough that wouldn't go away.”

Initial evaluation for free Lung Cancer Screening at Flint Library April 15
“Beverly Hospital and Beverly Radiology Associates are offering a free, low-dose chest CT screening to individuals who meet the established National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s (NCCN) high-risk criteria. Persons between the ages of 50 and 74 who have smoked at least an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for twenty-years, may meet the criteria and qualify for a free screening.”

RESEARCHERS HOPE TO MAKE LUNG CANCER SCREENING A ‘TEACHABLE MOMENT’
APRIL 10, 2014 — “A Georgetown University Medical Center researcher is launching a study she hopes will provide an opportunity for health care providers to connect with long-term smokers by pairing smoking cessation counseling with lung cancer screening.”

Lung cancer detection gets boost from new procedure at UMMC
Courtesy of University of Mississippi Medical Center Division of Public Affairs

JACKSON, Mississippi – “More lung cancer patients could be saved by a new diagnostic procedure available at the University of Mississippi Medical Center that “maps” the body’s airways with GPS-like technology.”

Lactate metabolism target halts growth in lung cancer model
“Cancer cells generate energy differently than normal cells, a characteristic that helps them to survive and metastasize. A major goal in the field of cancer metabolism is to find ways to overcome this survival advantage.”

TGen identifies growth factor receptors that may prompt metastatic spread of lung cancer
PHOENIX, Ariz. — April 9, 2014 — “Two cell surface receptors might be responsible for the most common form of lung cancer spreading to other parts of the body, according to a study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).”

Novel ALK Inhibitor Shows Activity in Advanced NSCLC
“The new ALK inhibitor ceritinib showed strong antitumor activity in a phase I expansion study of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”

Physicians’ Education Resource® Co-Program Director Honored with Lectureship Award
PLAINSBORO, N.J. — “The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) announced today the winner of its 2014 Lectureship Award is Dr. Roy Herbst, a medical oncologist at Yale Cancer Center and distinguished co-director of the International Lung Cancer Congress (ILCC). This award annually honors luminaries in the lung cancer field working to improve and prolong the lives of those with the disease, and its eradication.”

Study tracks new lung cancer drug target
“Researchers at Vanderbilt University have identified a potential new drug target in subtypes of lung cancer that are difficult to treat.”

Former Rams player shares connection to lung cancer
“Former St. Louis Rams linebacker Chris Draft was in town March 28 to promote his foundation and bring attention to the men and women of SSM Cancer Care who work toward improving the quality of life for lung cancer patients.”

 
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