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Weekly News

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.  Topics include all stories related to lung cancer as well as personal stories and events.


Targeting HER2 in NSCLC Remains Work in Progress

“Although targeting HER2 mutations is primarily associated with breast cancer, there may be therapeutic potential with anti-HER2 agents in non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). At the 2015 International Lung Cancer Congress, Corey Langer, MD, discussed the potential for afatinib and neratinib—dual inhbitors of EGFR and HER2—in NSCLC and the need for additional research to truly understand HER2 targeted therapy in this setting.”

New Mechanism Underlying Lung Cancer Therapeutics Resistance Discovered

“In two novel reports entitled “MicroRNA-148a reduces tumorigenesis and increases TRAIL-induced apoptosis in NSCLC” and “A set of NF-κB–regulated microRNAs induces acquired TRAIL resistance in Lung cancer” published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers uncover a mechanism underlying lung cancer cells’ resistance to current therapeutics.”

Study identifies delays in lung cancer treatment due to missed diagnostic testing

“New research published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery finds that many patients with suspected lung cancer miss diagnostic testing, leading to delays in treatment for the condition. Lung cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the US. This year, it is estimated that 221,200 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the country, and around 158,040 people will die from the disease.”

Live Imaging Of Lung Cancer Cells Can Increase Effectiveness Of Surgery

“Cancerous lung tumors may now be more easily identified, thanks to live infrared imaging that makes tumors glow and become visible to the naked eye during surgery.”

Revealed — connection between protective caps of DNA and lung cancer

“Scientists have linked long telomere – protective caps of DNA that prevent damage to the ends of chromosomes – with an increased lung cancer risk among people. The large-scale genetic study, however, did not observe any significant association between telomere length and other cancer types or subtypes. ‘Our work provides compelling evidence of a relationship between long telomeres and increased risk for lung adenocarcinoma (a form of cancer),’ said study leader Brandon Pierce, assistant professor of public health sciences at the University of Chicago.”

Couple’s love outlasts cancer, separation

CHILLICOTHE – “By the time she was 14, Mary Coonrod knew she wanted to marry her childhood friend, Marvin Newlan.”







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