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Weekly news updates are currently posted on the Internet site and sent out via e-blast to provide up-to-date information on what has been covered in the news regarding lung cancer in the previous week.

Week Ending February 1st 2016

Immunotherapy: Using the body’s defense system to fight cancer
“Back in December, Jimmy Carter surprised the nation by announcing that he no longer had any traces of cancer in his system, just a few months after announcing a frightening stage IV melanoma diagnosis. So what led to his surprising good news? A specific type of cancer treatment called immunotherapy.”

American Lung Association: Keeping your lungs healthy
“Since 1904, the American Lung Association has raised national awareness significantly in the fight against lung disease”

Weight May Influence Lung Cancer Surgery Outcome
“Lung cancer surgery patients are most likely to have complications and to die it they’re either too thin or fat, a new study suggests.”

Adjuvant Therapy Ups Survival in Small-Cell Lung Cancer
“For patients with early-stage small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) undergoing resection, treatment with adjuvant chemotherapy or chemotherapy with cranial irradiation is associated with improved survival compared with surgery alone, according to a study published online Jan. 18 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.”

Node-related Upstaging of Lung Cancer Occurs More Often With Open vs Closed Procedures
“Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) stage is increased due to discovering a lymph node positive for cancer more often following open chest surgery. The procedure is done for lung lobe resection for early stage lung cancer. The closed chest procedure, which entails less frequent upstaging, is known as video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). These findings were reported in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (doi:10.1016/j.jtho.2015.10.007).”

Study links higher elevation with lower lung cancer risk
“A research paper published in PeerJ last year by two doctorial students, finds the amount of oxygen in the air has an effect on lung cancer rates”

Quit smoking 15 years ago? You are still at high risk of lung cancer
“Smoking tobacco is one of the major reasons for lung cancer and kicking the butt is believed to help prevent cancer. However, a new study claims that smokers who have quit smoking 15 years ago are still at a high risk for lung cancer and should undergo screening regularly.”

New Study Adds Hard Data to Notion of Lung Cancer Stigma
“A recent study in the journal PLOS ONE showed greater levels of shame and stigma associated with lung cancer compared with breast cancer. The two-part study analyzed survey results and implicit-association test results from 1,778 individuals.”

Clovis Oncology Initiates Immunotherapy Combination Trial for Lung Cancer Treatment
“Clovis Oncology (NASDAQ:CLVS) has initiated a clinical trial to evaluate a combination therapy of atezolizumab and rociletinib for the treatment of advanced EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer. Atezolizumab is Genentech’s investigational cancer immunotherapy while Rociletinib is Clovis’ oral targeted covalent (irreversible) mutant-selective inhibitor of EGFR in development for the treatment of lung cancer in patients with initial activating EGFR mutations, the biopharmaceutical company said on Wednesday. The Phase 1b/2 trial of rociletinib in combination with atezolizumab, which is sponsored by Clovis, is designed to assess the safety and activity of the combination in patients with activating EGFR mutation-positive advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.”

Managing Symptoms Is Key for Patients With Metastatic Cancer Who Continue to Work
“Patients with metastatic cancer who continue to work may need the income or access to health insurance or simply have the desire to work. Yet they face a number of hurdles: from being physically unable to complete tasks to having to take time off for treatment to a potentially hostile work environment.”

Mayo Clinic study urges more aggressive lung cancer screening
“So you quit smoking, maybe decades ago. That’s great. But it still might be a good idea to get regular screenings for lung cancer. While many former smokers don’t get regular screenings, researchers at Mayo Clinic want to expand lung cancer screening to include people who quit smoking more than 15 years ago. Doing so, they say, would find more cases, find them early, and reduce lung cancer deaths.“

The Role of Green Tea in Lung Cancer Prevention and Treatment
“Could  green  tea  help in both the treatment and prevention of lung cancer?  Along with the organic-natural-healthy food craze crossing the nation, you’ve likely heard at least mention of green tea.  Whether or not green tea plays a role in maintaining health is an area of critical need in research – after all, other than water, green tea is the most consumed beverage worldwide.”

Natural Nanoparticles Effectively Deliver Drug Therapy in Resistant Lung Cancer
“Drug-resistant lung cancer was killed with 50 times less paclitaxel through an exosome delivery system. This research, done in cancer cell lines and mouse models, was published in Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (doi:10.1016/j.nano.2015.10.012)”

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Awards Eight Grants Totaling Nearly $11.5M to Make Lung and Skin Cancer Screening, Care More Accessible in High-Risk U.S. Communities
“To mark National Cancer Prevention Month, the  Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation  today announced eight grants totaling nearly $11.5 million that will help make lung and skin cancer screening programs, care and patient support more accessible to underserved populations. The goal is to develop, validate and sustain models that deliver equitable and optimal outcomes.”

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