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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).
New WHO model provides detailed air pollution-related health data

New WHO model provides detailed air pollution-related health data

A new World Health Organization air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Information is presented via interactive maps, highlighting areas within countries that exceed WHO limits. [More]
Single high-intensity SBRT dose can be effective in treating early stage NSCLC patients

Single high-intensity SBRT dose can be effective in treating early stage NSCLC patients

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a specialized and highly targeted method of delivering radiotherapy, or radiation therapy, to treat cancer. [More]
Study helps identify optimal treatment option for NSCLC patients with brain metastases

Study helps identify optimal treatment option for NSCLC patients with brain metastases

A Yale Cancer Center team completed a multi-institutional analysis of treatment options for patients with newly diagnosed EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with brain metastases to determine the best option for treatment. [More]
Association for Molecular Pathology announces winners of 2016 awards

Association for Molecular Pathology announces winners of 2016 awards

The Association for Molecular Pathology, the premier global, non-profit organization serving molecular diagnostics professionals, today announced the recipients of the Jeffrey A. Kant Leadership Award and the AMP Meritorious Service Award. Together with the AMP Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics, these awards will be presented at the AMP 2016 Annual Meeting. [More]
Increasing adoption of SBRT improves survival rates for older patients with early stage lung cancer

Increasing adoption of SBRT improves survival rates for older patients with early stage lung cancer

Survival rates for elderly patients who received stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) rose from roughly 40 to 60 percent over the past decade, concurrent with the increasing adoption of SBRT, according to research presented today at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. [More]
Unknown exposure to second-hand smoke linked to increased mortality in non-smokers

Unknown exposure to second-hand smoke linked to increased mortality in non-smokers

A new biomarker has identified known and unknown exposure to second-hand smoke and confirmed a strong association to increased mortality in non-smokers, according to a new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. [More]
Smoke from indoor biomass fuel linked to COPD among rural women in Bangladesh

Smoke from indoor biomass fuel linked to COPD among rural women in Bangladesh

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the leading causes of death in the world. [More]
Hypofractionated RT can reduce treatment time by half in stage II and III NSCLC patients

Hypofractionated RT can reduce treatment time by half in stage II and III NSCLC patients

For patients with stage II and III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) unable to receive standard treatments of surgery or chemoradiation (CRT), hypofractionated radiation therapy (RT) results in similar overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) rates, limited severe side effects and shorter treatment times when compared to conventional RT, according to research presented today at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. [More]
Increased use of SBRT linked to improved survival outcomes of NSCLC patients

Increased use of SBRT linked to improved survival outcomes of NSCLC patients

A new analysis of records in the Veteran's Affairs Central Cancer Registry demonstrates a clear positive impact of the increased use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to treat patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in recent years, according to research presented today at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. [More]
Yale researchers compare efficacy of four PD-L1 assay tests

Yale researchers compare efficacy of four PD-L1 assay tests

In a recent study, a Yale Cancer Center team compared the performance of the four available PD-L1 assay tests. [More]
Pathologists to collaborate on promise, challenges of immunotherapy at CAP16

Pathologists to collaborate on promise, challenges of immunotherapy at CAP16

At the College of American Pathologists annual meeting this month, more than 1,300 pathologists will collaborate on the promise, challenges, and questions surrounding immunotherapy—the subject of the opening Scientific Plenary at CAP16 - The Pathologists' Meeting in Las Vegas on Sept. 25. [More]
Cardiothoracic surgeons report high level of job satisfaction despite intense demands

Cardiothoracic surgeons report high level of job satisfaction despite intense demands

Despite the significant challenges associated with a career in cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung surgeons report a very high level of job satisfaction, according to a survey published today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Study compares survival outcomes of two recommended lung cancer staging strategies

Study compares survival outcomes of two recommended lung cancer staging strategies

In a study appearing in the September 13 issue of JAMA, Jouke T. Annema, M.D., Ph.D., of the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, and colleagues examined five-year survival after endosonography vs mediastinoscopy for mediastinal nodal staging of lung cancer. [More]
The Christie increases efficiency of radiotherapy procedures with advanced automation software

The Christie increases efficiency of radiotherapy procedures with advanced automation software

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe, has increased efficiency in its Medical Physics and Engineering Department following the implementation of Mobius3D software from Oncology Systems Limited. [More]
UNSW set to become home to world’s first pre-production prototype of high resolution microscope

UNSW set to become home to world’s first pre-production prototype of high resolution microscope

Cancer researchers in NSW will now have access to a range of cutting edge technology, including a world-first super-resolution microscope at UNSW, thanks a $4 million investment by the Cancer Institute NSW. [More]
Combinational analysis of FISH and IHC detects NSCLC patients with rare ALK fusions

Combinational analysis of FISH and IHC detects NSCLC patients with rare ALK fusions

The combined use of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) identified non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with rare or novel anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangements, not otherwise identified by FISH alone, that showed response to crizotinib treatment. [More]
Liquid biopsies may be effective option for detecting mutations in advanced lung cancer patients

Liquid biopsies may be effective option for detecting mutations in advanced lung cancer patients

For patients with advanced lung cancer, a non-invasive liquid biopsy may be a more effective and suitable alternative to the gold standard tissue biopsy to detect clinically relevant mutations and help guide their course of treatment, suggests a new study published this week in the journal Clinical Cancer Research from researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Combination of ginger and chili peppers could help reduce cancer risk

Combination of ginger and chili peppers could help reduce cancer risk

For many people, there's nothing more satisfying than a hot, spicy meal. But some research has suggested that capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, might cause cancer. [More]
Whole brain radiotherapy offers no quality-of-life benefit in lung cancer patients with brain metastases

Whole brain radiotherapy offers no quality-of-life benefit in lung cancer patients with brain metastases

People with the most common type of lung cancer whose disease has spread to the brain could be spared potentially harmful whole brain radiotherapy, according to new research published in The Lancet. [More]
HIF-2 inhibitors could be promising target to combat kidney cancer

HIF-2 inhibitors could be promising target to combat kidney cancer

A new class of drugs called HIF-2 inhibitors is more effective and better tolerated than the standard of care drug sunitinib in treating kidney cancer, researchers with the Kidney Cancer Program at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center have found. [More]
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