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Weekly Lung Cancer News Update

Week ending April 20, 2014

Cancer Patients to Test Personalised Drugs
The project, hailed as a "very important step forward", could see patients given a specific drug designed for their cancer.

“A unique new trial could bring hope to thousands of lung cancer patients in the UK by targeting their tumours with more personalised medication.

Cancer Research UK is teaming up with pharmaceutical companies and the NHS to launch the "National Lung Matrix" trial this summer.”

New clinical trials underway for advanced lung cancer patients
“There was word this week of what is being described as a pioneering clinical trial being done in the U.K. for patients with advanced lung cancer. What’s so novel about this development?Hari Sreenivasan spoke to Dr. Mark Kris, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, about what makes this clinical trial so interesting.”

CU system resets health care with $63M personalized medicine division
“Ellen Smith received a death sentence for her advanced lung cancer five years ago, but it was commuted by a revolution in human genetics, drug therapies and clinical approaches unfolding at the University of Colorado Hospital.”

CT lung screenings set for April 26 at Berkeley Medical Center in W.Va.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — “University Healthcare Berkeley Medical Center will offer low-cost CT lung screenings from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the radiology department at Berkeley Medical Center. The exam costs $99 and includes the screening with interpretation by a radiologist.”

Hunterdon Healthcare to offer lung screenings
“Hunterdon Healthcare is offering a lung screening program to help detect lung cancer early, when it is still treatable.”

Loyola Offering Lung Cancer CT Screening
MAYWOOD, Il. - (April 14, 2014) – “Loyola University Health System is inviting smokers and former smokers to enroll in lung cancer screening, which has been shown to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent. The screening includes a low-dose CT scan, which takes less than 15 minutes.”

Lung screening program showing results
Over 350 people receive free CT scans from Adena Health in first six months

CHILLICOTHE — “When Adena Health System began its free lung cancer screening program in November, no one knew what the effect would be on the community.”

AbbVie announces phase III trial of lung cancer drug
“AbbVie has announced the commencement of a new phase III clinical trial of a promising therapy for advanced lung cancer.”

Free lung cancer presentation planned Thursday in Kennewick
“A free presentation on lung cancer screening, diagnosis and technology is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick.”

Doctors Getting Closer to Detecting Cancer with Blood Tests
“Scientists at Stanford University were able to use samples of blood to identify people with lung cancer. "Really, what they are doing is looking for DNA found in circulating cancer cells," said Dr. Brian Mulherin, an oncologist with St. Vincent Cancer Care in Indianapolis. "Typically the only way (in the past) to follow the progress of individuals with cancerous tumors are scans - CT scans, MRI's, Xrays, or PT scans."”

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