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Lung cancer is the world's most common cancer and kills more people than any other cancer. In 2008, approximately 1.52 million new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed worldwide, with 1.31 million people dying from the disease.(14) In the United States, an estimated 161,840 deaths, accounting for 29 percent of all cancer deaths, occurred in 2008, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Thoracic radiotherapy reduces cancer recurrence in SCLC patients, shows new study

Thoracic radiotherapy reduces cancer recurrence in SCLC patients, shows new study

Treating advanced small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) with thoracic (or chest) radiation therapy in addition to standard treatment significantly prolongs long-term survival and reduces cancer recurrence in the chest by almost 50%, according to new research published in The Lancet and being presented simultaneously at ASTRO's 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. [More]
Research roundup: Prevention services for seniors; drug shortages

Research roundup: Prevention services for seniors; drug shortages

This policy brief reports the findings of a systematic review conducted by the Community Health Innovations in Prevention for Seniors (CHIPS) project. ... Clinical preventive services such as colorectal cancer screening and pneumococcal immunization can help reduce rates of premature death and disability. Yet, many older adults are not receiving the full set of clinical preventive services that have been proven effective and are considered "high value" in terms of their costs per life saved. Rates are particularly low among racial and ethnic minority older adults compared to national goals. [More]
Lung cancer screening could save thousands, study suggests

Lung cancer screening could save thousands, study suggests

Experts from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have weighed up the pros and cons of lung cancer screening to determine whether Medicare-eligible individuals would actually benefit from annual testing. [More]
Cancer Research UK, CRT partner with Asterias to trail novel immunotherapy treatment for lung cancer

Cancer Research UK, CRT partner with Asterias to trail novel immunotherapy treatment for lung cancer

CANCER RESEARCH UK and Cancer Research Technology , the charity's development and commercialisation arm, have reached an agreement with Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, to take forward Asterias' novel immunotherapy treatment AST-VAC2 into clinical trials in subjects with non-small cell lung cancer. [More]
New potential therapeutic targets for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

New potential therapeutic targets for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

Two new potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a deadly disease marked by high blood pressure in the lungs, have been identified by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. [More]
New data from Boehringer's Phase III trial program evaluates efficacy of tiotropium in asthma patients

New data from Boehringer's Phase III trial program evaluates efficacy of tiotropium in asthma patients

Boehringer Ingelheim today presented new data from the company's Phase III trial program (UniTinA-asthma®) evaluating tiotropium in asthma, including the first study assessing the efficacy and safety of tiotropium in adolescent patients with symptomatic asthma. [More]
Temperature of exhaled breath could be used to diagnose lung cancer

Temperature of exhaled breath could be used to diagnose lung cancer

The temperature of exhaled breath could be used to diagnose lung cancer, according to a new study. The research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich today (8 September 2013), suggests that testing the temperature of breath could be a simple and noninvasive method to either confirm or reject the presence of lung cancer. [More]
Combination miRNA therapy offers promising therapeutic avenue for non-small-cell lung cancer

Combination miRNA therapy offers promising therapeutic avenue for non-small-cell lung cancer

Micro RNAs (miRNA) have recently emerged as key therapeutic agents against cancers and are actively being evaluated in pre-clinical models of various cancers as well as in human clinical trials. [More]
Intensive glycaemic control shows ischaemic heart disease benefit

Intensive glycaemic control shows ischaemic heart disease benefit

Intensive glucose lowering may significantly reduce the risk of ischaemic heart disease in at-risk middle-aged people with Type 2 diabetes, a post-hoc analysis of the ACCORD trial suggests. [More]
3 billion people worldwide at risk of early death due to household air pollution

3 billion people worldwide at risk of early death due to household air pollution

Household air pollution, caused by the use of plant-based or coal fuel for cooking, heating, and lighting, is putting nearly three billion people worldwide at risk of ill health and early death, according to a new Commission, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal. [More]
USPSTF lung cancer screening recommendations in high-risk Medicare beneficiaries is cost effective

USPSTF lung cancer screening recommendations in high-risk Medicare beneficiaries is cost effective

Questions regarding effectiveness, infrastructure and cost effectiveness of low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening of those at high risk for lung cancer have now been answered. Medicare should rapidly provide full national coverage for these exams. [More]
Concordia's subsidiary signs collaboration deal with Orphan Canada for PHOTOFRIN

Concordia's subsidiary signs collaboration deal with Orphan Canada for PHOTOFRIN

Concordia Healthcare Corp., a diverse healthcare company focused on legacy pharmaceutical products, orphan drugs, and medical devices for the diabetic population, today announced that its subsidiary, Pinnacle Biologics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in rare diseases, has signed a collaboration agreement for PHOTOFRIN® with Orphan Canada, a Toronto-based specialty pharmaceutical company that in‐licenses therapies for rare disorders and specialty medicines within Canada. [More]
Study to measure and estimate global ablation market

Study to measure and estimate global ablation market

Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Ablation Devices: Technologies and Global Markets. [More]
UT Southwestern faculty awarded CPRIT grants to combat cancer

UT Southwestern faculty awarded CPRIT grants to combat cancer

UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty have received 19 grants totaling more than $26 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to expand cancer screenings, investigate the effectiveness and viability for cancer therapies and radiation treatments, conduct research into cancer biology, and recruitment. [More]
Vaccine boosts advanced NSCLC patient survival

Vaccine boosts advanced NSCLC patient survival

Investigation of a vaccine targeting a glycoside present in non-small-cell lung cancer has demonstrated efficacy as a switch therapy for patients with stable, advanced disease after chemotherapy. [More]
Mutant allele frequency predicts lung cancer TKI response

Mutant allele frequency predicts lung cancer TKI response

Tyrosine kinase inhibitor sensitivity may be predicted by the frequency of a point mutation in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene, suggests a study of Japanese patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma. [More]
High PD-L1 expression linked to reduced survival in NSCLC

High PD-L1 expression linked to reduced survival in NSCLC

Overexpression of programmed death-ligand 1 is independently associated with the presence of epidermal growth factor receptor gene mutations and poor prognosis in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, Japanese researchers report. [More]
Preoperative ultrasound reveals NSCLC chest wall invasion

Preoperative ultrasound reveals NSCLC chest wall invasion

Surgeon-performed ultrasound is a good alternative to computed tomography for the identification of chest wall invasion in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, suggests research demonstrating 90% sensitivity for detection of the spread. [More]
Widespread awareness, better treatment lower prostate cancer death rates

Widespread awareness, better treatment lower prostate cancer death rates

Fewer men are being diagnosed with and dying from prostate cancer these days. While that is due in part to widespread awareness and better treatment, it is also the result of more judicious screening. [More]
Scientists explore ways to personalise radiotherapy dose given to lung cancer patients

Scientists explore ways to personalise radiotherapy dose given to lung cancer patients

Manchester scientists are working out how to safely increase the radiotherapy dose given to lung cancer patients - potentially offering improved local control and survival. [More]