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Lung Cancer In The News: 2006 PDF Print E-mail

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December 2006

Week Ending 12/31/06

ADVENTRX Cleared To Initiate Vinorelbine Emulsion Bioequivalence Study
“Advemtrx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Amex: ANX) today announced that its Investigational New Drug (IND) application for the clinical development of its proprietary cancer drug ANX-530 (vinorelbine emulsion) has been accepted by the United States Food and Drug Administration FDA).”

Palliative Radiotherapy Cost Acceptable in Late-Stage Lung Cancer
“A longer, less intense course of radiotherapy provides better value for the money than a shorter, more intense regimen when given to ease pain and other complaints in patients with late-stage non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to a study in the December 20 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”

Vital Statistics: Remembering Those We Lost in '06
“Janette Carter, the daughter of two members of country music’s Carter Family who helped preserve folk and country music. Age 82. Jan. 22.” “William Rubin, who as director of painting and sculpture at the New York Museum of Modern Art played a central role in shaping the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Age 78. Jan. 22.”

Study: What Mother Mouse Eats Affects Baby's Cancer Chances
“Pregnant women who eat a diet rich in broccoli and cabbage could help protect their unborn children from developing cancer later in life, if the data in a new study holds up.”

Passaic Kids Help Cancer Patient Who Helped Them
“When students at School 17 planted a flower and vegetable garden designed to attract butterflies last spring, their principal figured it would look nice for a while, then wither from heat and neglect over the summer.”

Key Immune Cells Predict Recurrence in Lung Cancer Patients
“Patients treated surgically for early-stage lung cancer face an increased risk of recurrence if their tumors contain a large number of cells that act as "dimmer switches" on the immune system, according to a study at Duke University Medical Center.”

Week Ending 12/25/06

Digilab Inc. Reaches Milestone in Biomarker Study in Lung Cancer for Abbott
“Digilab, Inc. today announced it has reached an important milestone in its Peptidomics collaboration with Abbott Molecular. In the first phase of the project, Digilab has identified candidate biomarkers for lung cancer using its proprietary Peptidomics® Differential Peptide Display (DPD) technology platform.”

Cancer - The New Frontier: Alive Two Years On, Thanks to New Drug

“The experimental drug DMXAA was crucial in Jim Torrens surviving lung cancer.”

Bishop Doran Recovering from Lung Cancer Surgery
“The Catholic Diocese of Rockford announces that Bishop Thomas G. Doran is recovering from surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Approximately one-fourth of his left lung was removed during a four-hour surgery Thursday, Dec. 14.”

Pharmacyclics Files for OK of Cancer Drug
“Pharmacyclics said Friday it submitted a new drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Xcytrin.”

Even with Lung Cancer, Quitting Cigarettes Helps

“Once people have been diagnosed with lung cancer they might think it pointless to stop smoking, but in fact it's not too late to benefit from quitting, a new study shows.”

Journalist Uri Dan Dead of Lung Cancer at 71
“The Israeli-born military correspondent - author, columnist, radio commentator, NY Post correspondent - was well-known for his close friendship with Ariel Sharon.”

Profiling of Cancer Genes May Lead to Better and Earlier Detection of Solid Human Cancers
“A research team at UT Southwestern Medical Center has for the first time identified several genes whose expression is lost in four of the most common solid human cancers – lung, breast, prostate and colon cancer.”

 

Week Ending 12/17/06

Who Should be Screened for Lung Cancer with the New, Low-Dose CT Scans?
“It's a tough call because doctors disagree and insurance doesn't pay for the test, so if you do opt for it, you'll be paying out of pocket -- around $300.”

Lung Cancer Survivors Find Reason for Hope
“In a room overflowing with people at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, David Jablons, MD, professor and chief of thoracic surgery, gave the audience, many of whom are patients under his care, a reason to hope.”

Exercise Provides Significant Reduction in Lung Cancer Risk for Women Smokers
“A new study shows about half the smokers who had surgery to remove early stage lung cancers were smoking again within a year. Some also continued to smoke after their diagnosis right up to the day of their surgery.”

Almost Half of Lung Cancer Patients Go Back to Cigarettes
“New research has shown that the development of lung cancer and surgery to remove it is still not enough to put many smokers off picking up cigarettes again.”

New Lung Cancer Therapy Requires Fewer Radiation Treatments
“There's a new cancer treatment in the Twin Cities that cuts down the amount of radiation a patient must endure.”

Key Immune Cells Predict Recurrence in Lung Cancer Patients
“Patients treated surgically for early-stage lung cancer face an increased risk of recurrence if their tumors contain a large number of cells that act as "dimmer switches" on the immune system, according to a study at Duke University Medical Center.”

DNA Repair by ERCC1 in Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer
“Olaussen and colleagues report a survival benefit associated with the absence of the excision repair cross-complementation group 1 (ERCC1) protein in patients with completely resected non–small-cell lung cancer who received adjuvant cisplatin-based chemotherapy.”

Avastin Plus Chemo Benefits Lung-Cancer Patients
“Adding the drug Avastin to traditional chemotherapy for patients with advanced lung cancer prolonged survival by several months, a new study found.”

Mass. Smokers Sue Philip Morris on Cancer Checks
“A group of heavy Marlboro smokers have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boston, asking Philip Morris USA to pay for screenings that may detect the early stages of lung cancer, court documents showed on Friday.”

Cancer Drug Helps Early Lung Cancer Patients
“A drug that starves tumors of their blood supply can help patients live longer, without adding to some of the worst effects of chemotherapy, researchers reported on Thursday.”

Week Ending 12/10/06

Latest Lung Cancer Research
“Even after a bout with lung cancer, many people go back to smoking. The finding is part of the latest research in lung cancer. Two studies released this week provide more insight into how to help cancer victims give up the habit and how to prevent the disease in the first place.”

http://www.wral.com/health/10495882/detail.htmlNew Research Could Lead To Better Treatment For Lung Cancer
“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the country. One reason for the high death rate is that it is hard to predict how tumors will respond to different treatments. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found a better way to identify tumor sub-types for lung cancer, which could make treatment more effective.”

Lung Cancer Pioneer 'Was on Chemical Firms' Payroll'
“A renowned British scientist who established that smoking causes lung cancer was on the payroll of a chemical company while investigating cancer risks, it was reported last night.”

Asbestos Lung Cancer Ruling Sets 'Significant' Precedent
“A landmark court case in Western Australia could have implications for lung cancer sufferers who have come into contact with asbestos.  The Supreme Court of Western Australia yesterday awarded $600,000 compensation to the family of a 45-year-old man who died from lung cancer in 2002.”

Key Trial of Cell Therapeutics Lung Cancer Drug Ends
“Cell Therapeutics said late Thursday it has shut down its most important clinical trial because patients who took its cancer drug were dying more quickly than those receiving a standard chemotherapy drug.”

Immune Response May Influence Likelihood of Lung Cancer Recurrence
“According to a study published in the journal Cancer, the levels of two different types of T-cells (cells that play a role in immune responses) in cancer tissue may help predict the probability of recurrence in patients with Stage I non–small cell lung cancer.”

Lawmaker Resigns, Citing Battle with Lung Cancer
“State Rep. Mac Sumner of Molalla resigned Friday from the Legislature, citing his battle with lung cancer.  Sumner, 66, a retired warehouseman and former Molalla City Council member and mayor, had first disclosed his illness in September. He won re-election a month ago over Democrat Jim Gilbert of Molalla.”

CANCER'S BLACK SHEEP:
While breast cancer gets cash, profile, lung victims feel ostracized -- even if they've never smoked
“While receiving treatment for cancer in both lungs, even some nurses at the hospital were surprised Anne Barbetta was a non-smoker. Ms Barbetta, 41, was diagnosed in 2004 with a disease many consider a death sentence for smokers and the elderly. But unlike most diagnosed with lung cancer, the Newmarket resident never smoked a day in her life.”

Perceptronix's First ClearSign(TM) Lung Cancer Testing Facility
"Vancouver, Canada (ots/PRNewswire) - Perceptronix Medical Inc. ("Perceptronix") announced today that it has opened its first sputum induction facility at MDS Metro Laboratory Services' Victoria Drive Patient Service Centre in Vancouver. This facility will be the first centre to offer sputum induction for Perceptronix's ClearSign(TM) Sputum Test ("ClearSign(TM)").”

Living Near Heavy Industry Linked to Increased Lung Cancer Risk in Women
“Women who live near heavy industry for a long time appear to have an increased risk of lung cancer, according to results of a case-control study published in the November issue of Thorax.”

 

Week ending 12/03/06

New Clues on How Cancer Spreads Study: Cells Within A Tumor May Pave The Way For Cancer's Spread
"New clues about how tumors prepare for cancer's deadly spread may open up new avenues for cancer prevention and treatment."

Trying to Help Katrina Lung Cancer Victim
"There's a clan of former and current employees at the Neptune Seafood House who desperately want to help Mike Lima, a friend in need that was dealt two heavy blows in the past two years."

Moffitt Doctor Gets Funding for Lung Cancer
"Dr. Eric Haura, a medical oncologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, will receive a three-year award totaling $450,000 from The ASCO Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology."

First Mobetron in China to Be Used in New National Lung Cancer Initiative
"IntraOp Medical Corporation, a provider of innovative technology solutions for the treatment and eradication of cancer, today announced that Mobetron® and IOERT will form an integral component in the Chinese Government’s new initiative to combat lung cancer."

British Anti-smoking Guru Dies of Lung Cancer
"Allen Carr, the British anti-smoking guru who convinced millions of people to give up smoking, has died of lung cancer, aged 72, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. Carr, who was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer this summer, died at his home near Malaga, southern Spain."

Cancer Patient is Denied the Drug He Needs
"When Norman Stanford found out he had lung cancer the news was devastating enough. But finding out he wouldn't be getting the drugs he needed because he lived in the 'wrong area' has left him furious."

2007 Lung Cancer Journalism Awards
"Following the success of the 2006 Lung Cancer Journalism Awards, The Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) is excited to launch the 2007 Lung Cancer Journalism Awards during Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a global initiative to recognize excellence in lung cancer reporting."

Vandy Get Lung Cancer Research Grant
"A Vanderbilt researcher has been awarded $450,000 to continue his lung cancer research."

Blood Test That Detects Lung Cancer Featured in National Health Magazine
"The focus of this month's issue of Environmental Health Perspectives is "Signs of the Times: Biomarkers in Perspective," and it includes an article describing the work of a team of University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center researchers to produce a blood test that can detect lung cancer in its early stages."

Widower Tells of Wife’s Death from Lung Cancer
"It was about seven years ago that the life of Rick Stoddard was "turned upside down," when his wife of 25 years, Marie, was diagnosed with lung cancer caused by cigarette smoking."

Oncology Meet Addresses Lung Cancer Threat
"The hot topic of yesterday's annual meeting of the Taiwan Cooperative Oncology Group was lung cancer, which has recently surpassed liver cancer as the country's most prevalent and deadliest cancer."

Tobacco Companies Admit Their Products Cause Cancer, But Not In Those Who Sue Them
"Despite publicly admitting, to varying degrees, that cigarette smoking causes cancer, the industry has consistently dismissed these claims for people who have sued them, reveals an analysis of recent lawsuits, published in a supplement to Tobacco Control."

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November 2006

Week Ending 11/26/06

Does Saliva Hold Info on Lung Cancer?
"Researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center are collecting spit to see if saliva holds information that can be used in screening for lung cancer."

Governor Proclaims November Lung Cancer Awareness Month
"Wednesday, Governor John Baldacci proclaimed November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Maine. Speaking at a State House ceremony, Baldacci said Maine has made great strides in reducing teenage smoking and cutting exposure to second-hand smoke."

New Drug Could Prevent Lung Cancer
"Lung cancer strikes 170,000 patients a year in the United States and kills about that same number every year. It kills more people than cancers of the breast, prostate, colon and pancreas combined. Only about a quarter of patients are eligible for surgery to remove tumors."

Tanya Tucker’s father dead of lung cancer
"Boe Tucker, a country music manager who was the guiding force in his daughter Tanya Tucker’s career, died Thursday after battling lung cancer."

Lung Cancer Alliance Launches Early Detection Web Site to Educate Those at Highest Risk
"Riding the crest of interest created by the recent study indicating the high value of low-dose CT screening in the early detection of lung cancer, the Lung Cancer Alliance has launched a new Website aimed at educating people on the deadliest cancer and this new hope for early detection.

Week Ending 11/19/06

Common Virus Significantly Enhances Cancer-Fighting Ability of Standard
"Can a common virus boost the cancer-killing abilities of existing cancer drugs? A preclinical study presented at this year’s EORTC-NCI-AACR symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics, in Prague, Czech Republic concluded that the answer is ‘yes.’"

Nanoparticle/Chemo Combo Zaps Lung Cancer
"Introgen said Monday its nanoparticle-based tumor suppressor NPRL2 used in combination with chemotherapy fights drug-resistant lung cancer."

Weighing Lung-Cancer Test
"That is the question patients — most of them current or former smokers — are asking doctors following the publication of a large international study that found that spiral CT scans can detect lung cancer at its earliest and most curable stage."

Public Health & Education | Support for Lung Cancer Patients, Research Has Not Increased Despite High Mortality Rate Among Women
"Although lung cancer mortality rates have surpassed breast cancer mortality rates among women, support for lung cancer patients and for treatment research has not increased, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/17)."

Lung Cancer: New Insights - New Hope
"UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Alliance California present: Lung Cancer – New Insights – New Hope, a panel discussion with UCSF lung cancer specialists and survivors to mark November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month."

Can Lung Scans Really Prevent Cancer Deaths?
"Proponents say yes, while skeptics urge more testing. NBC's Mike Taibbi — a lifelong smoker who quit the habit just year — brought viewers along as he took a state-of-the-art spiral CT scan test for lung cancer."

Pharmion Acquires Cabrellis: $59M For Lung Cancer Drug
"With Vidaza standing firm against competitors, Pharmion Corp. is adding the Phase II anthracycline amrubicin for lung cancer to its pipeline in the $55 million net-of-cash buyout of privately held Cabrellis Pharmaceuticals Inc."

Onconase Tested for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
"U.S. firm Alfacell said Friday it has preclinical data confirming its drug Onconase works against non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)."

Research Puzzle: Nonsmokers with Lung Cancer
"Every year roughly 20,000 people who have never touched a cigarette are diagnosed with lung cancer -- and women are particularly at risk, for reasons no one understands."

ACS Hopes to Snuff Out Lung Cancer
"According to the American Cancer Society, every year, nearly 450,000 people die prematurely from smoking. Despite being so deadly, it's one of the hardest habits to break. Thursday is the American Cancer Society's Annual Great American Smokeout."

Cancer Research UK "Disappointed" at Tarceva Decision
"Cancer Research UK has expressed its disappointment at the preliminary decision of medical regulator Nice to not make lung-cancer drug Tarceva available on the NHS."

Lung Cancer Chemo Patients May Benefit from IU Bioinformatics Research
"An Indiana University School of Informatics researcher has joined a team of IU scientists who seek to develop more effective chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer patients."

A Closer Look at Smoking and Lung Cancer among American Indians
"Charlotte Hoefer: What is the correlation between smoking and lung cancer? Roberta Cahill: Overwhelmingly, smokers are most at risk of developing lung cancer. Smoking causes eight in 10 cases of lung cancer."

Awards Breathe Life into Lung Cancer Reporting
"Winners of First International Journalism Awards for Reporting on Lung Cancer Announced Today."

Sacramento HeartScan Prepared for Lung Cancer Detection With 64-Slice CT
Lung Cancer Awareness Month Highlights New Evidence for Early Screening of At-risk Populations "Smokers, former smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke could soon benefit from a new study on CT screening. The study, which recently appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, offers new hope for the early detection of lung cancer."

Roswell Signs for Lung Cancer Registry
"Roswell Park Cancer Institute has joined 11 other research facilities to establish an international lung cancer registry, to further understand the disease as its earliest, most treatable stages."

Week Ending 11/04/06

Sumner says Cancer Treatment Won't Deter Him

"State Rep. Mac Sumner said Wednesday that his treatment for lung cancer will not deter him from winning and serving a second two-year term in the Oregon House."

Poor Awareness of Lung Cancer

"A major European-wide survey has found that 70% of lung cancers are discovered at a late stage due to poor knowledge of symptoms. The survey was carried out by National Cancer Registries across Europe as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place in November."

Minister Launches Lung Cancer Awareness Month

"To highlight the symptoms of lung cancer health minister Rosie Winterton today launched Lung Cancer Awareness Month at the Royal Mail's South London Mail Centre, where she heard first hand the experiences of lung cancer patients and met representatives from Royal Mail, the voluntary sector and health professionals."

New Cancer Treatment Therapy Gives Hope to Millions say Physicians

"A new state of the art medical facility in the United States is harnessing a new weapon in the cancer fighting arsenal: proton therapy. Medical experts say the procedure, a precise form of radiation to target tumors, offers new hope in the treatment of various types of cancer."

BioE confirms stem cell breakthrough in lung cancer

"The study showed that the stem cell could differentiate into a type II alveolar lung cell. This advance in adult stem cell research could someday lead to treatments for patients with lung diseases."

Female Smokers Face Greater Risk of Lung Cancer

"Female smokers are three times as likely to contract lung cancer as men who smoke the same amount of cigarettes, a local doctor told a gathering of medical experts this week, the start of World Lung Cancer Awareness Month."

Seattle Biotech Firm Halts Enrollment in Cancer-Drug Trial

"Cell Therapeutics said late Friday it has halted enrollment in its most important clinical trial because of premature deaths among patients taking its experimental cancer drug."

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October 2006

Week Ending 10/27/06

Runaways Drummer Sandy West Dies of Lung Cancer

"Runaways drummer Sandy West, who co-founded all-female iconic rock band with punk rocker Joan Jett in the 1970s, died on Saturday of lung cancer at a hospice in San Dimas – east of Los Angeles."

Cancer Summit Targets Tobacco
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Michael Cayse, a 23-year-old recent UK graduate from Northern Kentucky, lost his father to lung cancer when he was 16."

Lung Cancer 10-Year Survival Dramatically Improves With Annual CT Screening and Prompt Treatment

"Lung cancer can be detected at its very earliest stage in 85 percent of patients using annual low-dose CT screening, and when followed by prompt surgical removal, the 10-year survival rate is 92 percent."

Alimta® Safe and Active in Small Cell Lung Cancer

"Researchers involved in a multicenter randomized phase II trial have reported that Alimta® (pemetrexed) and either Platinol® (cisplatin) or Paraplatin® (carboplatin) provides a safe and effective treatment for newly diagnosed patients with extensive small cell lung cancer (SCLC)."

EntreMed Commences Clinical Trial for MKC-1 in Lung Cancer Patients

"EntreMed, Inc.a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases, today announced commencement of a multi-center study with its drug candidate, MKC-1, in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients."

New Campaign Launches for Lung Cancer Awareness Month

"A new national public service campaign, Code Blue for Lung Cancer, launches Nov. 1 for Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The partnership between the American Legacy Foundation® and the National Association of Broadcasters spreads the life-saving message that early detection, quitting smoking and the search for a cure can help make lung cancer history."

Targeting lung cancer - Tailored Drug Treatments Help Patients Survive Longer

"Dr. Mark G. Kris, one of the nation's leading lung cancer specialists, will give a free public speech Wednesday night at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville as part of a Norton Healthcare Foundation and Norton Cancer Care lecture series."

Lung Cancer Program: An Innovative Approach To Treatment

"Despite the daunting fact that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, there is still hope. Some people are cured and, according to the American Cancer Society, currently there are about 330,000 long-term survivors."

American Cancer Society Preparing for 30th Great American Smokeout

"For thirty years now, the American Cancer Society has been helping people to quit smoking by starting with just one day. November 16, 2006, marks the 30th anniversary of the Great American Smokeout."

Former Cleveland Brown Dies of Lung Cancer

"Former Cleveland Brown Charlie Leigh has died of lung cancer at a hospital in Albany, New York. He was 60."

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

"According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in American men and women today."

Week Ending 10/21/06

Free Symposium: Living With Lung Cancer

"Co-Directors Drs. Helen J. Ross and John R. Handy welcome you to the Fifth Annual Providence Thoracic Oncology Symposium.  This one-day workshop with experts in the field of lung cancer research, treatment, and education is designed for patients and their family members." 

Country singer Bobby Hachey dies of lung cancer at the age of 74

"Country singer Bobby Hachey, a native of Atholville, N.B., has died of lung cancer at the age of 74."

Lucenix™ Shows Promising Results in Phase II Lung Cancer Study

"According to the results of a phase II clinical trial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, treatment with Lucenix™ (belagenpumatucel-L)—an experimental anticancer vaccine—may improve the survival of patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer."

Sicker Patients Who Undergo Minimally-Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer Experience Fewer Complications: Presented at ACS

"A relatively new manner of performing resections for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is easier for sicker patients to tolerate and leads to fewer postoperative complications than traditional surgery, according to a study presented at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress."

Lilly Begins Alimta Lung Cancer Study

"Drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. said Friday it started what promises to be the largest clinical trial studying a form of quick-spreading lung cancer."

Week Ending 10/14/06

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer Is Less Stressful on Patients than Standard Open Surgery Says American College of Surgeons

"Patients who have video- assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) have fewer complications, particularly pneumonia, than those who undergo standard open surgery."

Key to Lung Cancer Chemo Resistance Revealed

"Scientists at Johns Hopkins have discovered how taking the brakes off a "detox" gene causes chemotherapy resistance in a common form of lung cancer."

Lung Cancer Can Be Hereditary, Even for Nonsmokers - having a close family member who's had lung cancer doubles your own risk for the disease -- even if you don't smoke.

"The finding comes from a 13-year study of more than 102,000 Japanese men and women. Study participants were aged 40 to 69 at the start of the study."

Avastin Approved By FDA for Lung Cancer Combination Treatment

"The FDA has approved the use of Avastin for lung cancer combination treatment with carboplatin and paclitaxel chemotherapy for first line treatment. Avasting is now approved for the most common lung cancer - locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic, non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)."

NCRI Calls for Greater Lung Cancer Funding

"The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) has called for greater research into lung cancer in a report released at its annual conference in Birmingham."

Texan Singer Freddy Fender Dies

"American singer Freddy Fender, best known for his 1975 smash hit Before the Next Teardrop Falls, died Saturday in his home in Texas."

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September 2006

Week Ending 09/30/06

Lung Cancer Alliance Praises VFW Call for Lung Cancer Screening and Research
Today Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) … hailed the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for calling for a lung cancer screening program and more lung cancer research funding for military personnel and veterans.

Actor Edward Albert Dies from Lung Cancer At 55
He starred opposite Goldie Hawn in the 1972 comedy ‘Butterflies Are Free’ and was the son of ‘Green Acres’ actor Eddie Albert.

NZ discovery helps lung cancer patients live longer
An experimental drug discovered in New Zealand that extends the lives of lung cancer patients by a third has impressed doctors who say it is one of the first signs of progress against the disease.

Industry link to lung cancer: Study
Living close to heavy industry may increase the risk of lung cancer, according to a study.

Cigarette Smoking and the Cancer Connection
Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.

Trials of AS1404 for lung cancer show encouraging results
Final data from a phase II trial of a new non-small cell lung cancer drug known as AS1404 have shown a substantial survival benefit, according to Antisoma, the company that has taken the drug through the trials.

Week Ending 09/22/06

Gene Variant May Raise Lung Cancer Risk from Radon
Gene variants that lead to decreased amounts of an enzyme known as GSTM1 may raise the risk of lung cancer related to radon exposure, new research suggests. The gene variants also seem to increase the cancer-causing effect of secondhand smoke.

New Study Looking Closer At What Causes Lung Cancer
There is another study taking a closer look at what might be causing lung cancer besides smoking. The new study suggests that pollution from vehicle exhaust and other sources may account for some forms.

SEC Urged to Probe Disclosure by Big Tobacco Companies
Anti-smoking activists have launched another attack on cigarette makers, this time on grounds that publicly traded tobacco companies defrauded investors by not coming clean about manipulating nicotine levels.

OSI Pharmaceutical Starts New Tarceva Lung Cancer Trial
OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it will start a Phase III study of its Tarceva drug as a targeted adjuvant treatment for certain non-small-cell lung-cancer patients who have undergone surgery.

Metal Air Pollution Linked to Lung Cancer
Inhaling airborne metal particles in polluted air may lead to the development of lung cancer, researchers have found in the first large population study of its kind comparing the incidence of lung cancer in Texas counties mapped to EPA data on industrial air releases.

Walk Raises Lung Cancer Awareness
The sixth annual Lung Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk attracted about 450 people to Recreation Park in Binghamton Sunday. The event's sole purpose, said coordinator Barbara Morrissey, is to raise awareness for the disease.

Week Ending 09/16/06

Antisoma says AS1404 and Erbitux cuts growth in lung cancer xenografts in study
Antisoma PLC said its AS1404 agent, in combination with ImClone Systems Incorporated's Erbitux anti-cancer drug, produces a reduction in the growth of lung cancer xenografts.

Benefit To Be Held For Lung Cancer Patient
Rachel Hanson went to the doctor because she had a lung infection that wouldn't go away. She suspected pneumonia but the diagnosis would turn her life upside down. She would hear the news everyone dreads and fears ... "you have cancer."

Survivors, Families Run for LUNGevity
McCarthy, renowned locally for all the human interest he could bring to life through his lens, died of lung cancer early this year.

More Funds Needed for Lung Cancer Research
I read the recent article about Phyllis Goldstein and lung cancer. I am also a lung cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in May 1997 and had chemo and radiation. The cancer came back by March 1998. At that point I had the right lung removed.

Brain, Ovarian, Lung Cancer Genes Test
Brain tumours, ovarian cancer and lung cancer will be the first subjects in an ambitious project to sequence all the genetic changes that lead to cancer, the National Institutes of Health said on Wednesday.

A TNOX-based Protocol For Early Detection Of Lung Cancer In Smokers And Nonsmokers
Lung cancer is a formidable disease. While it is one of the most preventable cancers, with the vast majority of 160,000 annual deaths in the United States due to smoking, it is invariably difficult to find early when it is most amenable to treatment. As a result, it remains the top cancer killer in the nation.

Deep Frying is Lung Cancer Risk
People are often puzzled when a nonsmoker develops lung cancer. Some of these cases may be due to exposure to radon gases. In other cases second-hand smoke or exposure to chemicals could be the cause.

Airborne metal particles from pollution may lead to lung cancer, UT Southwestern research team concludes
Inhaling metal particles from air pollution may lead to the development of lung cancer, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.

 

Week Ending 9/09/06

Drug Victory for Cancer Patient
"A terminal cancer sufferer has won the first round in her fight to get funding for life- prolonging drugs."

Modern Three-Dimensional Radiation Therapy Better for Lung Cancer
"U.S. researchers have revealed that three-dimensional radiation therapy is more successful at curing lung cancer than two-dimensional therapy for some patients."

DNA Repair by ERCC1 in Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer and Cisplatin-Based Adjuvant Chemotherapy
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Adjuvant cisplatin-based chemotherapy improves survival among patients with completely resected non–small-cell lung cancer, but there is no validated clinical or biologic predictor of the benefit of chemotherapy."

Xanthus Pharmaceuticals Licenses Novel Cancer Targeting Agents from Schering AG, Berlin
"Xanthus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held oncology drug development company, today announced that the Company has acquired from Schering AG, Berlin, the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize a group of targeted cancer compounds. The lead compound is P2045, which Xanthus intends initially to develop for the treatment of advanced lung cancer."

Biomoda to Work with Mayo Clinic on Noninvasive Lung Cancer Diagnostics
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A division of the Mayo Clinic will join Biomoda Inc. to conduct a broad validation study of Biomoda's patented technology for a noninvasive, cytology-based lung cancer diagnostic tool."

Test Predicts Chemo Benefit for Lung Cancer
"The presence or absence of a protein in lung cancer cells can help doctors predict whether chemotherapy will help patients live longer after surgery, European researchers reported on Wednesday."

Northwest Biotherapeutics Receives FDA Clearance for Lung Cancer Trial
Personalized Vaccine Cleared for Phase I Trial in Lung Cancer, the Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths Worldwide

"Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. today announced that it has received FDA clearance to proceed with Phase I clinical testing of its personalized therapeutic cancer vaccine, DCVax®-LB, in non-small cell lung cancer. The clinical endpoints of the trial will be progression-free survival (i.e., delay in progression of the cancer) and overall survival."

More Scots Lung Cancer Patients Benefit from Drugs

"The number of Scottish lung cancer patients receiving the world's first once-a-day pill for the disease has quadrupled since new guidance was issued to doctors."

Bay City Mayor Robert J. Katt Loses Fight Against Cancer
"Bay City Mayor Robert J. Katt died Friday afternoon at his South End home. He was 64."

Week Ending 9/02/06

Completely Resected N1 Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer: Factors Affecting Recurrence and Long-term Survival
N1 disease in non–small cell lung cancer represents a heterogeneous patient subgroup with a 5-year survival of approximately 40%. Few reports have evaluated the correlation between N1 disease and tumor recurrence or which subgroup of patients would most benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy.

Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration Effectively Samples Mediastinal Lymph Nodes
For the sampling of mediastinal lymph nodes in patients with lung cancer, use of real-time endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) appears to be a safe and effective approach.

Career Firefighter, War Hero in Need
Ron Currie spent his firefighting career helping others; now he is in desperate need himself.

The Risk for Women Smokers of Contracting Lung Cancer Almost Doubles That of Men Smokers
Women who smoke run almost twice the risk of contracting lung cancer than men with the same habit. This is the main conclusion of research recently published in the prestigious journal, JAMA ("The Journal of the American Medical Association"), based on the analysis of 16,925 patients from the United States, within the I-ELCAP (International Early Lung Cancer Action Program).

Lung Cancer Alliance Slams Tobacco Companies: Demands More Research, Scans for Current and Former Smokers
"In response to tobacco company data released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health yesterday, Laurie Fenton, president of Lung Cancer Alliance, stated: ‘By deliberately and collusively continuing to increase the nicotine content in cigarettes to addict more people to smoking, tobacco company executives have been operating like racketeers preying on society and they must be required to pay the price of their actions.’

Modern Radiation Therapy Ups Lung Cancer Survival
Modern three-dimensional radiation therapy has been proven to be more successful at curing lung cancer than older two-dimensional radiation therapy for some patients with early stage lung cancer, according to a new study in the September 1, 2006 edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO).

Trust Told to Review Lung Cancer Drug Decision
A High Court judge today ordered a health trust to look again at its decision to refuse a lung cancer victim a potentially life-extending drug on the NHS.

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August 2006

Week Ending 8/26/06

Test to Gauge Lung Cancer Treatments Developed
US scientists think they have come up with a novel test that indicates how a patient with early-stage lung cancer will respond to chemotherapy, giving the opportunity to tailor treatment to the individual.

Lung Cancer Blood Test Research Cited in WSJ and VOA
Lung cancer research done by University of Kentucky faculty members Drs. Edward A. Hirschowitz and Li Zhong continues to attract national and worldwide attention in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the global radio program The Voice of America.

Project Finds Cancer Delays
Nearly one-fifth of all lung cancer sufferers at St George's Hospital may have experienced potentially life-threatening delays in their treatment, a research project has revealed.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Colorado’s radon levels are among nation’s highest, but little has been done.

Synthetic compound triggers cancer cell "suicide"
A synthetic molecule that triggers cancer cells to commit suicide was effective in mouse cancer models, scientists said. They hope the finding will herald in new drugs that can activate this mechanism that causes cancer cells to hasten their own death.

Canada OKs Early Lung Cancer Test
Perceptronix said Monday it has been granted approval in Canada for its ClearSign Early Lung Cancer Test.

Eloxatin®/Taxotere® Active for Advanced Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer
According to an article recently published in the journal Lung Cancer, the chemotherapy combination consisting of Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin) and Taxotere® (docetaxel) is well-tolerated and provides anticancer activity for patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer.;

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Disease Control Rate May be a More Powerful Predictor of Survival than Tumor Shrinkage
Researchers evaluate the effectiveness of a new antitumoral therapy by looking at how tumors respond to it. But in the case of advanced non-small cell lung cancer ( NSCLC ), there may be a better way to assess effectiveness. A new Southwest Oncology Group ( SWOG ) study, led by a team of researchers at University of Clifornia Davis Cancer Center, suggests that an alternative measurement – " disease control rate " – may be a more powerful predictor of survival than tumor shrinkage.

Week Ending 8/20/06

Tobacco Loses Big, But Not in Dollars
In one of the most significant rulings against the tobacco industry, a federal judge found Thursday that cigarette-makers engaged in a decades-long scheme to mislead the public about the dangers of smoking.

 

Lung Cancer Alliance Hails Court Decision Nailing Tobacco Companies with Racketeering and Conspiracy
Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) hailed yesterday's court decision in United States v. Philip Morris USA, Inc.

Emphysema and Pneumonia Increase Risk for Lung Cancer
According to the journal Lung Cancer, individuals with a history of emphysema and pneumonia have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. However, further study is needed to confirm these findings.

Communication With Doctors Affects Blacks' Cancer Care
Black American cancer patients are less likely to question their doctors, they receive less medical information, and they aren't as actively involved in their medical care compared to white patients.

Cardinal Shan Diagnosed with Lung Cancer, Asks for Prayers
Jesuit Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi has been diagnosed with lung cancer following tests during a medical checkup.

Lung Cancer Survivor Keeps Positive Outlook
Sherri Collier doesn't let a little thing like stage 4 bronchoalveolar cancer keep her down.

Thousands of current and former workers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant are now eligible for free lung-cancer screenings.

Emory Given $7.9 million for Fight Against Lung Cancer
Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute has been given $7.9 million to ramp up its fight against lung cancer, one of the largest grants it has ever been awarded to battle the disease that kills more than 160,000 Americans a year.

Week Ending 8/12/06

Dallas Star, Miss Ellie Ewing, Dies of Lung Cancer
Barbara Bel Geddes, best known for her role in the classic television show, Dallas, died of lung cancer at her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on Monday. Bel Geddes was 82 years old.

Lung Cancer Alliance Acknowledges One Year Anniversary of Peter Jennings' Passing
The Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) acknowledges the anniversary of legendary newsman Peter Jennings' passing.

Novelos' Lung-Cancer Drug on Fast Track
Novelos Therapeutics said Monday its potential lung-cancer drug is on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's fast track.

Stop-Smoking Guru is Hit by Lung Cancer
Anti smoking guru Allen Carr, who helped millions quit after kicking his own 100-a-day habit, has been diagnosed with incurable lung cancer.

Survival Favorable with Resection for Primary Lung Cancer
"A population-based survey indicates that surgery for lung cancer offers a positive long-term outlook in many patients, Norwegian researchers report in the August issue of Thorax.

Roche files Avastin in European Union for Lung Cancer
"Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG (RHHBY) said Tuesday it has filed its top-selling drug Avastin to Europe's medical regulator, for approval for use as a treatment for the most common form of lung cancer.

New Test Predicts if Lung Cancer Will Spread
Researchers say they have developed a test that can predict with near certainty whether the most common form of lung cancer will return after surgery.

UofC Hospitals Present 'Together, Facing Lung Cancer'
Together, Facing Lung Cancer" presents an opportunity for members of the community to learn from a healthcare team about the importance of building a support network of friends, caregivers, healthcare professionals and counselors to help manage care.

Gene Signature Predicts Recurrence in Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer
According to an article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a gene expression profile, referred to as the lung metagene model, can help predict which patients with early non–small cell lung cancer are at a high risk for recurrence.

Scan Predicts Return of Common Lung Cancer
'90-per-cent accurate' test can let doctors prescribe aggressively for post-surgery patients "Researchers say they have developed a test that can predict with near certainty whether the most common form of lung cancer will return after surgery.

Suzanne Pleshette Being Treated for Lung Cancer
Actress Suzanne Pleshette was undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer that was caught at an early stage, her agent said Friday.

Lung Cancer: Bortezomib Extends Survival 22 Percent
Results of the Southwest Oncology Group study, led by UC Davis Cancer Center researchers have shown that adding Bortezomib ( Velcade ) to a standard chemotherapy regimen of Gemcitabine and Carboplatin prolongs survival in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

New Test Identifies Deadliest Forms of Lung Cancer Earlier
Lung cancer kills more Americans than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. Only 15 percent of lung cancer patients survive five years after diagnosis. But researchers at Duke University Medical Center have developed a new test to improve life-saving treatment for early-stage lung cancer patients.


Week Ending 8/05/06

GPC starts Phase II Trial for Lung Cancer
GPC Biotech said on Wednesday it had started a Phase II trial to evaluate its lead drug, satraplatin, in combination with Tarceva to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer who cannot undergo surgery and are 70 years or older.

More Can be Done in Fight against Lung Cancer
As a lung cancer survivor and patient advocate, I was deeply heartened to hear lung cancer featured in this year's "Trek Across Maine," the American Lung Association's annual public awareness and fundraising campaign.

Cancer Patient Denied Drug
A terminal cancer patient has been denied the use of an expensive drug which could extend his life - because he smoked many years ago.

Exelixis has Initiated a Phase II Clinical Development Program for its Investigational Drug XL647 in Patients with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
XL647 is an orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of the HER2, EGF, VEGF and EphB4 receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). Although these individual RTKs are targets for currently approved therapies, XL647 was designed to potently inhibit all three targets simultaneously.

Spectrum Testing Drug Duo for Lung Cancer
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it would launch a U.S./Europe trial of satraplatin and Tarceva in inoperable lung cancer.

Bexarotene is a Potential Lung Cancer Preventative with Few Side Effects
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reported that a compound related to vitamin A shows promise in preventing or slowing tumor growth in mice prone to lung cancer.

Musician Freddy Fender Has Lung Cancer
"Teardrop Falls" singer Freddy Fender has lung cancer, but the musician says he "feel very comfortable." Fender's wife Vangie Huerta, who has not asked the doctors to estimate how long he might live, said she was "hoping for a miracle.


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July 2006

Week Ending 7/30/06

Nicotine May Hasten The Growth Of Lung Cancer
A study conducted by researchers from the University of South Florida revealed that nicotine would directly hasten the growth of lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Might be Overdiagnosed
Thorough preventive screening measures for lung cancer may be identifying too many abnormalities as cancerous, a new study says.

Lung Cancer is Top Killer of State Women
Tasmanian women are paying a huge price for their smoking behaviour with lung cancer now the State's biggest cancer killer of women, according to statistics released yesterday.

Robotic Surgeon Receives Brain-Transplant to Treat Lung Cancer
CyberKnife, a radiotherapy robot used to operate on cancer patients, has received a new brain in order to effectively treat lung cancer.

Media Reminder - Journalism Awards for Lung Cancer Reporting
The Tempus Journalism Awards, launched earlier this year by the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC), is the first global initiative to recognise excellence in lung cancer reporting.

Radiofrequency Ablation Effective for Lung Cancer or Lung Metastasis
According to an article recently published in the journal Radiology, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) provides effective anticancer control for patients with lung cancer or patients with cancer that has spread to the lung from another site of origin.

Auto Racer Benny Parsons Has Lung Cancer
Former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons has been diagnosed with lung cancer and began treatments on Wednesday.

New Software called "Synchrony" Detects Cancer Easier
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have created a program called Synchrony, which is an addition to CyberKnife, a radiotherapy robot used to operate on cancer patients.

UCSF Researchers Fingerprint Lung Tumors, Test New Drug Candidate
Adding their own contributions to a rapidly advancing field, UCSF researchers - along with colleagues from Incyte Corporation and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - have described new targets in lung cancer and evaluated a promising new drug candidate that halts growth signals in tumor cells grown in the lab.

Anti-Smoking Campaigner Carr is Diagnosed with Lung Cancer
The anti-smoking campaigner Allen Carr, whose self-help books have sold more than 10m copies worldwide, has been diagnosed with incurable lung cancer.

Week Ending 07/08/06

Genetic Parallels Found Between Lung Development, Lung Cancer; Gene Activity Patterns Provide New Way to Classify Tumors
"For over 100 years, biologists have speculated that cancer growth shares common features with embryonic development. Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston now provide solid evidence for this idea, showing through gene-chip analyses and bioinformatics techniques that many genes that are differentially expressed (turned "up" or "down") during early embryonic lung development are also differentially expressed in lung cancer."

Study at Martin County Center Focuses on Women and Lung cancer
"Anthony Hanbury was a boy in the 1940s, when scientific warnings about cigarette smoking were unknown and society embraced the habit."

Lung Cancer Case Settled
"British American Tobacco (BAT) and Brambles have settled out of court over money owed to a man who died of lung cancer."

Update on Major Health Topics
"Lung Cancer - When cancer has spread, advanced radiation treatment seems beneficial."

Brightest Light in Universe to Examine Lung Cancer Cells
"It sounds like the stuff of post-millennial conspiracy theorists. New Year 2007 will see the arrival of a light brighter than anything in the known universe at a field in Oxfordshire."

Monty Wants to Open Cancer Unit in Memory of His Beloved Mother
"Golf hero Colin Montgomerie plans to build a multi-million lung cancer unit in Scotland to honour the memory of his late mother."

Fantasy Artist Facing the Reality of Lung Cancer
"Sometimes a bit of an escape into fantasy is a good thing. Using fairies, wizards, elves and mermaids for his subjects, world-renowned artist Tom Cross tries to give people just that through his work."

Ontario Funding Four New Cancer-Fighting Drugs
"About 1,400 Ontario cancer patients are getting easier access to four new drugs."

Early Lung Cancer Testing Could Save Lives
"The Lung Cancer Alliance commissioned a nationwide survey, which revealed that "Americans are uninformed of their options of early lung cancer testing." In response, the alliance called for more public awareness programs and increased research funding for the development of new methods of early detection."

Week Ending 07/01/06

Statewide Secondhand Smoke Concerns
"The American Cancer Society in Nashville responds to a new Surgeon General's report on the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. The organization also recognized last week's signing of a state law banning smoking in state-owned buildings."

Cinderella Cancer Tells History of Charity
"Visiting thoracic surgeon Professor Ray Donnelly, who has treated thousands of Isle of Man cancer patients, has written a book. Cinderella Cancer details the history of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, the charity he founded."

Lung Cancer Alliance Praises Surgeon General's Report for Highlighting Dangers of Second-Hand Smoke
"Group calls for more Aggressive action supporting early detection and treatment of lung Cancer."

Cyclacel Begins a Phase IIb Randomized Trial of Seliciclib for Previously Treated Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
"Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the company is beginning a Phase IIb, multi-center, randomized, double-blinded trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the investigational drug seliciclib (CYC202), an orally available molecule that targets cyclin dependent kinases (CDKs), as a third line treatment in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)."

Supplemental Biologics License Application Submitted for Avastin® in Lung Cancer
"Genentech, Inc. has submitted a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for the use of Avastin (bevacizumab) in combination with platinum-based therapy for initial treatment of advanced non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)."

Lung Cancer Vaccine
"Lung cancer strikes more than 170,000 people each year. Only 15 percent of them will be cured. The rest will be given just months to live. Now a new vaccine may give patients hope for a longer survival."

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June 2006

Week Ending 06/26/06

Helix BioPharma to present L-DOS47 lung cancer research findings at Zurich conference
"Helix BioPharma Corp., a developer of novel cancer therapeutics, today announced that Dr. Heman Chao, VP Research, will be presenting a poster at the 5th Annual Congress on Recombinant Antibodies Conference, in Zurich Switzerland. The poster entitled "L-DOS47 - a novel lung adenocarcinoma specific immuno-conjugate therapeutic", highlights the ability of L-DOS47 to target and kill lung tumour cells in vitro and in tumour bearing mice, as well as L-DOS47's ability to enhance the effect of weakly basic chemotherapeutics. L-DOS47 is the first immuno-conjugate therapeutic candidate derived from Helix's novel anti-cancer DOS47 platform technology."

Lung cancer patients face stigma
"EDMONTON - Penny Edwards has always liked planning ahead, but these days all her plans are short-term. There is no long-term left for the 48-year-old. She has terminal lung cancer. She is one of 1,400 Albertans expected to die of the disease this year."

Postoperative radiation improves lung cancer survival for some
"Postoperative radiation therapy extends non-small-cell lung cancer survival in patients with N2 nodal disease, but shortens survival in those with stage N0 or N1 disease, according to a report in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology."

For some racial and ethnic groups, even fewer cigarettes can mean more lung cancer
"Smoking kills. Make no mistake about it. No one is immune to the carcinogenic effects of cigarette smoke. No matter what your heritage, if you smoke the risk of lung cancer and other diseases rises significantly."

A fighter takes on lung cancer: Funding priorities skewed, she says
"Jacqueline Patrick was driving in Cherokee County in April 2005 when a car lurched out of a gas station and broadsided her SUV. Patrick wasn't badly injured, but the crash rattled her, and she started having trouble breathing. Paramedics thought the jolt from her seat belt might have collapsed a lung. They took her to a hospital for X-rays."

Milk thistle may slow lung cancer: Tests on mice show smaller lung tumors with milk thistle compound
"A compound from the milk thistle plant might slow the progression of lung cancerlung cancer, according to lab tests done on mice."

Gene prolongs lives of those with lung cancer
"Scientists have discovered a gene in lung cancer patients that appears to predict how long they survive. Researchers say the new gene appears to control whether a lung cancer spreads and if so, how rapidly."

Dana Farber and 454 announce method for cancer gene detection
"454 Life Sciences Corporation, a subsidiary of CuraGen Corporation, in collaboration with scientists at Dana Farber Cancer Center and Broad Institute, have reported a method for the detection of cancer gene mutations present at extremely low levels."

Smoking ban meets resistance in "tolerant" Germany
"When a German magazine ran a story about new efforts to ban public smoking, the reactions of many of its non-smoking readers were fierce -- and surprising."

ALA recommends testing your home for radon
"The American Lung Association of Greater Norfolk County advises the public to test their homes for radon if they haven't yet tested or live in an area where high levels of radon exist. Radon is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. High levels of radon have been found in every state. If a resident smokes and a home has a high level of radon, the risk of lung cancer is even higher."

Week Ending 06/18/06

High Risk of Cancer for Nonsmokers, Study Says
"Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center found a high risk of developing a variety of cancers among parents, siblings and children of lung cancer patients who never smoked cigarettes."

Lung Cancer Vaccine
"About 170,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Between 70 percent and 80 percent of those people smoke. Only percent will be cured. The rest will be given less than a year to live."

Smokers With Wrinkles at Higher Risk of Lung Cancer
"Smokers with wrinkles have a higher risk of getting lung cancer than those without wrinkles, a study says."

Phase II Application for GV1001 in Lung Cancer Submitted
"Kreftklinikken (The Cancer Clinic) at Rikshospitalet-Radiumhospitalet in Norway has submitted an application to initiate an investigator sponsored phase II trial with GV1001 in lung cancer. The trial is planned to include 20 patients."

Lung Cancer Patient Needs Some US$19,000 for Treatment
"Steve Francis, a self-employed logger of Jawalla Village in the Mazaruni has been battling lung cancer since he was diagnosed earlier this year, but may be forced to give up for want of funds to continue treatment."

Smokers Not Being Helped to Quit, Report Finds
"U.S. smokers are not being helped to kick the habit, even though there are strategies that work, such as mass media campaigns, counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, a panel of experts reported on Wednesday."

Lung Therapy Aids Cancer Patients
"David Nies was 68 when his doctor diagnosed him with lung cancer. Until a year before that, he had been a smoker, and for 15 years he had chronic bronchitis and emphysema."

Barbara Epstein, 76: Anne Frank editor
"NEW YORK (AP) - Barbara Epstein, a founder and co-editor of the New York Review of Books who was involved in editing The Diary of Anne Frank early in her career, died Friday at age 76."

Week Ending 06/11/06

Sunitinib Useful in Lung Cancer -- Study
"A phase 2 trial of Pfizer's sunitinib malate shows the drug is effective against advanced non-small cell lung cancer."

Antisoma Shares Fall in London as Roche Drops Cancer Drugs
"Shares in Antisoma PLC fell over 10% Monday after the biotech company said its partner, Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG, had returned the rights to two of its most promising cancer drugs, even though they reported encouraging results at an oncology conference."

Researchers Announce New Predictor for Lung Cancer Treatment and Survival
"Research from the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals of Cleveland has found a promising, novel biomarker that may be used to predict the survival of patients with advanced lung cancer and their response to treatment."

Chemotherapy Improves Outcomes for Older Early-Stage Lung Cancer Patients: Presented at ASCO
"Platinum-based adjuvant chemotherapy can be given safely to elderly patients with early-stage lung cancer without significant risk of increased toxicity, researchers said here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2006 Annual Meeting (ASCO)."

GlaxoSmithKline to License Cancer Antigens from LICR
"UK-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline Plc Monday announced that it has entered into a licensing deal with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR) for a number of tumour-specific antigens from the latter."

Avastin-Tarceva Shows Promise in Cancer Study
"A small study suggested that combining the cancer drugs Avastin and Tarceva could be more effective than chemotherapy in treating people with a form of lung cancer."

ImClone Decides on Erbitux Lung Cancer Trial
"ImClone Systems Inc. said on Sunday that results of a mid-stage clinical trial of its cancer drug Erbitux in combination with chemotherapy in lung cancer were strong enough to warrant further study."

Lung Cancer Might be Overdiagnosed
"Thorough preventive screening measures for lung cancer may be identifying too many abnormalities as cancerous, a new study says."

Study Shows Few Doctors Refer Lung Cancer Patients to Oncologists
"Seniors can safely benefit from chemotherapy after surgical treatment for advanced-stage lung cancer, but physicians are less likely to refer any patient with lung cancer for treatment for their disease, two separate studies show."

New Drug Class Shows Promise for Non-Small Lung Cancer
"A new class of drug reduced the risk of lung cancer recurrence by one-third compared to placebo after patients underwent surgery for non-small cell lung cancer."

Moffitt Lung Cancer Patients Chronicled
"The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute has put together "Faces of Lung Cancer," a book of photo-essays, a traveling exhibition and Web site from patients, family members, caregivers and health care professionals in hopes of sharing the stories of lung cancer patients who have participated in clinical trials."

Cigarette Smoke Still No. 1 Lung Cancer Cause
"Everyone knows lung cancer is caused by smoking. But recent news stories about lung cancer in well known nonsmokers such as Dana Reeve, widow of actor Christopher Reeve, have raised awareness of other causes of the condition."

AstraZeneca's Zactima Shows Lung Cancer Survival Advantage
"Further results from two key phase II studies of AstraZeneca's novel once-daily oral anticancer drug ZD6474, or Zactima, have demonstrated a progression free survival advantage for the compound in lung cancer patients."

Bortezomib Extends Lung Cancer Survival
"Adding the new molecularly targeted agent bortezomib to a standard chemotherapy regimen of gemcitabine and carboplatin prolongs survival in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, according to results from a phase II trial led by UC Davis Cancer Center."

Erlotinib Response in Lung Cancer Patients Highly Dependent on EGFR Mutation Status: Presented at ASCO
"A small study shows that patients who harbor a particular mutation in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) known as Exon 19 have a significantly greater survival rate compared with patients who have a mutation of Exon 21."

Lung Cancer Alliance Calls Foul; ACSH Head Disagrees; Shaw Wants More Money
"For the third time in three months, the National Cancer Institute has tried to debunk the grim mortality statistics on lung cancer and ignore the critical need for earlier detection on the nation's number one cancer killer," said Laurie Fenton, president of Lung Cancer Alliance. "The question that begs to be answered is 'why?'"
Radiation Offers Perk in Lung Cancer
"A new study in lung-cancer patients suggests that surgery plus radiation increases long-term survival."

Nicotine Supplements May Affect Lung-Cancer Therapy
"Lung-cancer patients who use nicotine supplements such as a patch or gum to help them quit smoking may undermine their chemotherapy."

Week Ending 06/04/06

Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program Applauds Introduction of Federal Lung Cancer Screening Bill
"The Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program (LCCAP), a national nonprofit lung cancer advocacy and awareness organization, today announced enthusiastic support for the Medicare Lung Cancer Screening Benefit Act of 2006 (HR 5514) sponsored by two-time lung cancer survivor Representative E. Clay Shaw, Jr. HR 5514 creates a lung cancer screening benefit for Medicare clients at high-risk of developing the disease such as those with a family history of lung cancer, a significant smoking history, or exposure to known lung carcinogens including asbestos, radon, uranium, and others."

Anti-Smoking Activist Dies of Lung Cancer
"The anti-smoking debate was marked by the passing of non-smoking advocate Heather Crowe last Tuesday, who visited Peace River in 2004. A non-smoker, Crowe died of lung cancer caused by 40 years of exposure to second-hand smoke waitressing in bars, restaurants and banquet halls."

Group Praises Lung-Cancer Screening Bill
"A patient advocacy group Tuesday praised a new bill that would allow Medicare to pay for lung-cancer screening."

Researchers Study Effect of Gender in Lung Cancer
"Researchers at various institutes are studying difference in behavior of lung cancer in different genders and exploring whether estrogen is the key reason behind the disparity."

Lung Cancer - Tumor Growth Increases with Loss of a Protein
"Zafira Castaño who is a researcher and Doctor in Biochemistry from the University of Navarra in Spain, discovered a connection between lower levels of aCP4 protein in early stages of lung cancer and may help make tumors grow."

Lurking Lung Cancer Alleles - Researchers Identify Common Sequence Differences in Human DNA that Confer Genetic Susceptibility to Lung Cancer
"In the largest genome-wide scan for lung cancer-susceptibility genes to date, scientists from The Institute of Cancer Research have identified 64 gene variants that may predispose some individuals to lung cancer."

Pain Drug Enhances Lung Cancer Therapy: Study
"Adding a prescription arthritis drug to a targeted cancer therapy triples the number of lung cancer patients who are helped, U.S. researchers said on Thursday."

Lucanix Phase II Clinical Data At ASCO - Lung Cancer
"NovaRx Corporation announced today that data from the Company's Phase II clinical trial treating individuals with advanced stages of non-small cell lung cancer ("NSCLC") will be presented on June 4, 2006, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology ("ASCO") meeting in Atlanta, GA."

Xillix Technologies Corp.: Lung Cancer Screening Legislation Introduced to U.S. House of Representatives
"Xillix Technologies Corp., the world leader in fluorescence bronchoscopy for the early detection of lung cancer, highlighted precedent-setting legislation introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Clay Shaw (R-FL) that supports early detection of lung cancer and lung cancer screening tests including fluorescence bronchoscopy for high-risk individuals."

One-Two Punch for Lung Cancer
"UCLA researchers find adding the COX-2 inhibitor Celebrex (celecoxib) to the lung cancer drug Tarveca significantly increases the number of people who can benefit from the therapy."

Surgery Extends Survival in Early Small Cell Lung Cancer
"Pulmonary resection of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) safely improves long-term survival, notably with early-stage disease, according to a report in the May issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings."

ASCO: Primary Care Physicians Slow to Urge Aggressive Lung Cancer Treatment
"Many patients with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) never see a medical oncologist because their primary care physicians don't think chemotherapy can help them, according to a survey reported here."

Pfizer's Sutent May Help Treat Lung Cancer Patients, Study Says
"Pfizer Inc.'s Sutent, its new drug for treating stomach and kidney tumors, also halted the growth of lung cancer in about half of patients with advanced disease in a small study."

GSK Lung Cancer Jab Fails to Show Significant Reduction in Disease Recurrence
"Initial results from a trial of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's early-stage cancer vaccine MAGE-A3 failed to demonstrate a statistically significant reduction in risk of cancer recurrence, but the drug maker said it plans to continue investigating the experimental therapy."

BioView to Collaborate with MD Anderson on Lung Cancer
"BioView Ltd. which develops and distributes automated scanning systems for the detection of cancer, has signed an agreement with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, for the joint development of an early diagnosis system for lung cancer among high risk population groups."
 

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May 2006

Week Ending 05/27/06

Large Study Finds No Link between Marijuana and Lung Cancer
"The smoke from burning marijuana leaves contains several known carcinogens and the tar it creates contains 50 percent more of some of the chemicals linked to lung cancer than tobacco smoke. A marijuana cigarette also deposits four times as much of that tar as an equivalent tobacco one. Scientists were therefore surprised to learn that a study of more than 2,000 people found no increase in the risk of developing lung cancer for marijuana smokers."

The Tempus International Awards for Lung Cancer Journalism
"The awards are open to all global media and entries are invited on all issues relating to lung cancer. The entry must have been published or broadcast between 1 September 2005 and 1 September 2006. All entries will be judged by an independent international panel comprising; the Global Lung Cancer Coalition, leading editors and a lung cancer specialist. The winners will be announced during Lung Cancer Awareness Month, November 2006."

Genetic Factors May Predispose Some Nonsmokers to Lung Cancer
UT study looks at relatives of cancer patients.
"Lung cancer is the most common and most lethal cancer, killing more than 163,000 Americans in 2005. But not all who suffer from the disease are smokers."

Laser Test May Detect Lung Cancer Earlier
"A laser-guided lung cancer treatment tested in Yorkshire has proved a success in detecting almost 20 per cent more potential cases than current methods, researchers have claimed."

Breakfast Club Actor Dies of Lung Cancer
"Paul Gleason, a veteran of 60 movie roles including the detention-dispensing school principal in 1985's The Breakfast Club, died in a Burbank, Calif., hospital Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos, said his wife, Susan Gleason. He was 67."

Tammy Faye's Lung Cancer Returns
"Tammy Faye Messner recently learned that her lung cancer has returned for the third time. Her struggle began with colon cancer about a decade ago, and just last year, the cancer spread to her lungs."

Schering Begins Two New Phase II Trials with Anti-Cancer Compound ZK-EPO
"Schering AG said it has started two new phase II clinical trials in the US and Canada to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its ZK-EPO compound in metastatic breast cancer and recurrent ovarian cancer."

Increased Risk of Deep-Vein Thrombosis in Lung Cancer Patients: Presented at ATS
"The overall incidence of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) in lung cancer patients is approximately 100-fold higher than that of the general population, according to new data reported here at the American Thoracic Society International Conference (ATS)."

Schering Begins Two New Phase II Trials with Anti-Cancer Compound ZK-EPO
"Schering AG said it has started two new phase II clinical trials in the US and Canada to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its ZK-EPO compound in metastatic breast cancer and recurrent ovarian cancer."
 

Week Ending 05/21/06

Infants Exposed to Smoking at Risk of Lung Cancer: 47% of babies had a carcinogen in their urine, study found.
"New parents who smoke are putting their infants in danger because secondhand smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals, a new study found."

Lung Cancer Fundraising Lifts off With Balloon Adventure
"A 30-year-old lung cancer survivor says she is hoping to raise $1 million to support victims of the illness by hot air ballooning across the Simpson Desert."

Uganda: Vermicide Stoves Could Cause Lung Cancer
"Researchers have recently discovered that vermiculite soil material used in making energy-saving stoves contains asbestos that can cause health problems when inhaled into the lungs."

Rehabilitation Improves Exercise Capacity in Lung Cancer Patients
"According to a study published in the journal Lung Cancer, lung cancer patients who participated in a pulmonary rehabilitation program experienced significantly improved exercise capacity."

Nonsmoking Men, Women Face Same Lung Cancer Death Risk
"The death from lung cancer earlier this year of Dana Reeve, widow of actor Christopher Reeve, brought the plight of nonsmokers who get the killer disease into public view."

Mice Study Targets Human Lung Cancer
"U.S. scientists have created an animal model of lung adenocarcinoma that can be used to test the efficacy of targeted human lung cancer therapies."
 

Week Ending 05/13/06

Women at Lung Cancer Risk May Lack Symptoms - Study
"A significant proportion of women with newly diagnosed lung cancer had normal lung function tests, U.S. researchers reported on Monday."

Lung Cancer Vaccine Giving Patients New Hope
"Lung cancer strikes more than 170,000 people each year. Only 15 percent of them will be cured -- the rest will be given just months to live."

New ONCONASE(R) Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Data Presented at ISMRM Annual Meeting
"Alfacell Corporation announced today that Intae Lee, Ph.D., Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, is presenting new data on the effectiveness of ONCONASE® (ranpirnase) against non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) at the 14th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), held from May 6-12 in Seattle, WA."

Infants Exposed to Smoking at Risk of Lung Cancer
"New parents who smoke are putting their infants in danger because secondhand smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals, a new study found."

Gene Expression Improves Detection of Lung Cancer
"According to results presented at the 97th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the addition of a gene expression test to the standard bronchoscopy procedure significantly improves the detection rate of early lung cancer."

Study Addresses Blacks, Cancer Treatment
"When you go to the hospital for treatment, you expect to get the same care as other patients.
But if you have lung cancer and are black, you may not. That's according to the results of a study at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center."

Genset Fumes May Cause Lung Cancer
"New Delhi: With constant power cuts over the years, something that we have all gotten used to is the noise, smell and the fumes of portable generators."

Cricket's Fred Has Lung Cancer
"Cricket legend Fred Trueman is battling lung cancer. Fiery Fred was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma on Friday."

New Lung Cancer Treatment Study
"Queens Cancer Center has embarked on what center officials are touting as a groundbreaking new study of the treatment of advanced lung cancer patients."

A Better Algorithm for Detecting Cancer Genes
"Researchers at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences have developed a new algorithm that makes it much easier to detect certain cancer genes, and as a test, have applied it to map a set of tumor-suppressor genes involved in lung cancer."
 

Week Ending 05/06/06

Radiation Therapy Effective Among Elderly Patients with Early Lung Cancer
"Among elderly patients with early but inoperable lung cancer, treatment with radiation therapy alone appears to be effective and well-tolerated. These results were published in the journal Lung Cancer."

Startup Pique Therapeutics' Lead Drug Candidate Shows Promise as a Vaccine
"Pique Therapeutics, a biotech startup capitalizing on the research of a physician at the University of Miami, just may be developing a potent weapon in the never-ending war against cancer. Pique, which has received initial funding from Golden Pine Ventures, is developing a cancer vaccine with an initial target of non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC."

Biomira Posts Encouraging Phase IIb Lung Cancer Data
"Biomira has announced final survival results from an exploratory analysis of data from a phase IIb clinical trial of the company's drug candidate Stimuvax in non-small cell lung cancer."

Smoking Gap Between Blacks and Whites Still Too Large
"Cigarette smoking and lung cancer mortality rates overall are declining in the U. S., but lung cancer death disparities between the races - Blacks and Whites - remain alarming, leading health care and anti-smoking experts say."

Lung Cancer Alliance Hails U.S. Senate Action
"The Lung Cancer Alliance today hailed the U.S. Senate's action declaring lung cancer a national public health priority and calling for an inter-agency coordinated attack on the number one cancer killer."

OncoGenex Lung-Cancer Drug Shines in Study
"OncoGenex said Wednesday its non-small cell lung cancer treatment OGX-011 showed promising results in a phase 1 study."

No Damages in Case over Smoker's Fatal Lung Cancer
"Two children of Invercargill lung cancer victim Janice Pou have lost their damages claim against an international tobacco giant."

Deaths from Lung Cancer Increase in Women
"It's a sad fact of life that it often seems to take a celebrity patient to get the rest of us to sit up and take notice of certain diseases, especially diseases in which the patient's own behavior has contributed to the risk."

Early Detection, Treatment of Cancer Urged
"Citing the high expenses incurred in treating cancer cases especially in the terminal stage of the disease, leading oncologists in the country yesterday recommend early detection and diagnosis of any type of cancers."

Xillix Technologies Corp.: U.S. Senate Support for Lung Cancer Initiatives Positive for Onco-LIFE'TM'
"Xillix Technologies Corp., the world leader in fluorescence endoscopy for the early detection of cancer, highlighted recent developments in the U.S. Senate supporting lung cancer initiatives that is expected to positively impact the Company's latest product Onco-LIFETM."

Many Abnormalities on CT Screening for Lung Cancer Do Not Require Biopsies
"Researchers from Cornell University have reported that many abnormalities detected on annual computerized tomography (CT) screening scans for lung cancer clear with observation with or without antibiotics. Only persistent or growing nodules required further evaluation."

Hycamtin® More Convenient than Etoposide in Small Cell Lung Cancer
"According to results recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the chemotherapy agent Hycamtin® (topotecan) taken orally in the pill form plus the chemotherapy agent cisplatin (Platinol®) produce nearly equivalent outcomes with increased convenience compared to the intravenous form of etoposide (VePesid®) plus cisplatin in extensive small cell lung cancer."

Doctors Look At Radioactive Seeds To Help Treat Lung Cancer
"In an effort to treat lung cancer, doctors have changed the techniques of two existing treatments.
The surgery is a type of lumpectomy of the lung. Then surgeons zap the cancerous spot with a more precise type of radiation that can kill any leftover cancer cells without damaging the rest of the lung."

Moulton Official, Sanford, 75, Dies of Lung Cancer
"No matter who you were, you knew where you stood with Councilwoman Joyce Sanford and how she felt about issues."

Sir Bobby Beats Cancer Again
"Football legend and former Ipswich Town manager Sir Bobby Robson has today revealed he has beaten cancer for a third time. Sir Bobby, 73, was diagnosed with lung cancer after a skiing accident, when a tumour showed up on an X-ray."

Bach Model Slightly Underestimates Smokers' 10-Year Lung Cancer Rates In ATBC Study
"New data suggest that a lung cancer risk model used to predict a smoker's risk of developing lung cancer underestimates the observed lung cancer risk over a 10-year period."
 

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April 2006

Week Ending 03/31/06

Timing of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treated with Surgery and Chemotherapy Reviewed
"The pre- vs. post-operative timing was compared for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with surgery and chemotherapy."

Asbestos Led to Worker's Cancer
"A former self-employed builder died of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, an inquest was told."

Most Cancer Victims Unaware of Anti-Angiogenesis
"According to a new survey nine out of ten patients battling cancer in Europe have never heard of the major breakthrough in cancer treatment, known as anti-angiogenesis."

Abnormal Taste Perception Can Signal SIADH Resulting from Lung Cancer
"Patient reports of abnormal taste perception - also known as dysgeusia - should trigger consideration of a diagnosis of syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) resulting from lung cancer, especially when all tastes are interpreted as sweet, Japanese researchers report."

Lung Cancer Alliance Calls for Funding for Early Testing Program
"A new national survey released by the Lung Cancer Alliance reveals that Americans are uninformed about options for lung cancer testing."

Winship gets $7.5 Million to do Lung Cancer Research
"Emory's Winship Cancer Institute now has another $7.5 million to help eradicate lung cancer. Winship representatives announced the National Cancer Institute grant on March 7."

Former Gov. Guy Hunt Battling Lung Cancer Again
"Former Gov. Guy Hunt said Tuesday his lung cancer has returned and he's consulting with doctors about how to treat it. But he expressed optimism about his future."

Cancer Patient Pleads for Ban
"Karen Lindquist tends to limit her political involvement to voting, but recently two things have changed: The Legislature began to debate a smoking ban in restaurants and, in December, she was diagnosed with lung cancer."

Cytokinetics Lung Cancer Trial Fails
"Cytokinetics Inc. said Thursday that a clinical trial of ispinesib, an experimental lung cancer treatment, failed. The South San Francisco drug company said the Phase II trial, run by GlaxoSmithKline, failed to meet the criteria to advance to the next stage of clinical testing."

Week Ending 03/25/2006

I Blame Passive Smoking
"Jackie Butler is a grandmother of six from West Lothian who was out hillwalking with friends at every opportunity, until October. It was then, a week after her 66th birthday, that she was diagnosed with lung cancer."

Sputum Test Could Help Screen For Lung Cancer
"Testing sputum samples for gene promoter hypermethylation may help identify high-risk patients who are likely to develop lung cancer, according to a report in the March 15th issue of Cancer Research."

Chemotherapy Sequence Affects Lung Cancer Response
"Treatment with cisplatin followed by irinotecan appears to achieve better outcome in patients with nonsmall cell lung carcinoma than does treatment with the same drugs in the reverse order, according to Korean researchers."

Sunesis Initiates Phase II Lung Cancer Trial
"Sunesis Pharmaceuticals has begun treating patients in a phase II clinical trial of SNS-595, the company's lead anti-cancer therapeutic, in patients with small cell lung cancer."

Amerks Great Ehman Dies from Lung Cancer at Age 73
"Gerry Ehman, one of the most prolific scorers in Rochester Americans history, was remembered with a moment of silence on Friday night, somewhat fitting since, as a player, he quietly went about his business on the ice."

Renowned Choreographer, Dancer Dies of Lung Cancer
"A renowned dancer and choreographer in Asia, Lo Man-fei passed away yesterday after bidding farewell to family and friends at her side in a hospital ward in Taipei. She was 51."

Let's Seize Chance to Give Up for Good
"Blackened, diseased, cancerous lungs. Ron Fergusson faces them on a daily basis, the unhealthy reality of Scotland's addiction to cigarettes."

Mucus Test Might Track Lung Cancer Risk
"A new test using mucus from deep in the lungs of people at high risk for lung cancer could help pinpoint who's most likely to develop the disease."

Safety First Column: Simple Test Detects Cancer-Causer in Home
"According to Environmental Protection agency estimates, 21,000 lung-cancer deaths every year are radon-related, and about 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked."

Lung Cancer Risk Reduced with Phytoestrogens
"A diet higher in plant-derived compounds known as phytoestrogens is linked with a lower lung cancer risk, according to a new study by University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center."

Letters: Doctor Wants to See Fewer Cancer Patients
"As a cancer doctor fighting each day for the health of my patients, I hope that Appleton residents will appreciate the health improvements they voted for in April 2005 with the complete workplace smoking ban."

New Treatment Offers Hope For Lung Cancer Patients
"A novel finding by Australian researchers could pave way for an improvement in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, a type of lung cancer with a high mortality rate. The promising study has been conducted on over 2000 patients with a definitive diagnosis of lung cancer."

Week Ending 4/17/06

Family Members of Never-Smoker Lung Cancer Patients at Higher Risk for Cancer Diagnoses: Presented at AACR
"Family members of never-smoker lung cancer patients are at increased risk of developing lung cancer and other malignancies, according to data from a case-control study."

Robson to Miss Training Camp after Cancer Operation
"The Football Association of Ireland's international football consultant Bobby Robson is recovering from a weekend cancer operation and is likely to be out of action with the squad for at least six weeks."

Researchers Devise Lung Cancer Antibody
"Researchers said Tuesday they have developed a lung cancer antibody that appears to kill deadly cells, but spare healthy tissue. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School said their newly discovered monoclonal antibody holds promise for future therapies to fight the deadly disease."

Action Plan Touts Cancer Prevention
"Meena was a successful businesswoman. She worked hard in her banking career before she finally decided to get away from the stress of the corporate world and start a small business."

New Canadian Study Links Lung Cancer Risk to Beer
"A new Canadian study found that beer drinkers are more at risk of developing lung cancer than their non-beer-drinking peers, while wine consumption has an opposite effect, scientists told AFP Wednesday."

Roche Files Avastin in US for Common Lung Cancer
"Switzerland's Roche filed its Avastin cancer drug in the United States for treatment of non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer, the most common form of the disease, the drug-maker said on Wednesday."

Compassion Repaid: Former Helper Helped in Battle with Lung Cancer
"A longtime area respiratory care practitioner and former emergency room worker at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center who dedicated a lifetime of helping others is now on the receiving end of such help."

Lung Cancer Therapy is Achieved by an Adenovirus Vector System
"According to recent research from Germany, lung cancer therapy is achieved by an improved Tet-On regulatable FasL-adenovirus vector system. Gene therapy is a new therapeutic approach for the treatment of human cancers. Gene expression systems that can be regulated by drugs have been developed to improve the safety and efficacy of therapeutic transgene delivery," scientists in Germany report."

Walk to Honor Teacher, Fight Lung Cancer
"Britney Lewis remembers Judy Talbot as a caring teacher who was "definitely there to help students" when she took her global studies class as a freshman at Binghamton High School."

Lost Molecule Key to Lung Cancer
"The loss of a single type of protein molecule may play a key role in the development of 75% of the most common kind of lung cancer, research suggests. The researchers, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, hope the finding could lead to new treatments for non-small cell lung cancer."

Smoking May Cause Far More Cancer Deaths in Asian Americans
"Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese American males living in California die of cancer at three times the rate of South Asian females in California, whose cancer mortality rate is one of the lowest in the world."

OSI Applies to sell Tarceva Drug in Japan
"OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Melville-based healthcare company, said this morning it has applied to sell its flagship Tarceva product in Japan."

Week Ending 04/08/06

Leading by Example: Man Battles Lung Cancer with Circle of Support
"Blount County native Charlie Mynatt is a husband, father of two teenage daughters, a hard worker and a tenacious fighter against a disease you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy."

Nicotine Prevents Chemotherapy from Working for Lung Cancer Patients
"Researchers have found that nicotine stops chemotherapy drugs, such as gemcitabine, cisplatin and taxol, from destroying lung cancer cells. This finding was reported at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research."

Complete Removal of Mediastinal Lymph Nodes Does Not Increase Complications in Early Lung Cancer
"According to an article recently published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the complete removal of mediastinal (middle of the chest) lymph nodes does not increase complications or length of hospital stay among patients with early non-small cell lung cancer."

CuraGen Reveals Preclinical Data On Cancer Treatment Drug, PXD101 - Update
"CuraGen Corp and TopoTarget revealed that new preclinical data on PXD101, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, under investigation for the treatment of cancer, was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington."

Group Works to Raise Lung-Cancer Awareness
"When Ann Arbor resident Carrie Hall's father was diagnosed with lung cancer last June, she left her job at a southeast Michigan adoption agency to care for him."

Kin of Non-Smokers with Lung Cancer Seen at Risk
"First-degree relatives of non-smoking individuals diagnosed with lung cancer have an increased likelihood of developing any type of cancer, researchers report."

Dogs Ability to Distinguish Breast and Lung Cancer
"In a study, researchers presented astonishing new evidence that the dog may have the capacity to contribute to the process of early cancer detection."

Charity Run in the Park Raises Money for Lung Cancer
Raising money for a good cause was "a walk in the park," for the thousands who showed up in Central Park Sunday for the fourth annual "TGL Classic."

Hana Starts Phase II Lung Cancer Trial
"Hana Biosciences Inc. said Friday it started a Phase II trial of its drug Talotrexin in patients with lung cancer. The South San Francisco company is testing the drug in patients with relapsed or refractory non-small cell lung cancer."

Exhaled Ethane in Lung Cancer Patients Measured with Laser Spectroscopy
"Exhaled ethane (C2H6) in lung cancer patients was measured with laser spectroscopy but the difference among subject groups was not significant."

Thermal Ablation Plus Radiation May Extend Lung Cancer Survival
" Image-guided radiofrequency ablation followed by conventional radiotherapy appears to be more effective for local control and survival in patients with inoperable stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), researchers report."
 

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March 2006

Week Ending 03/31/06

Timing of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treated with Surgery and Chemotherapy Reviewed
"The pre- vs. post-operative timing was compared for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with surgery and chemotherapy."

Asbestos Led to Worker's Cancer
"A former self-employed builder died of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, an inquest was told."

Most Cancer Victims Unaware of Anti-Angiogenesis
"According to a new survey nine out of ten patients battling cancer in Europe have never heard of the major breakthrough in cancer treatment, known as anti-angiogenesis."

Abnormal Taste Perception Can Signal SIADH Resulting from Lung Cancer
"Patient reports of abnormal taste perception - also known as dysgeusia - should trigger consideration of a diagnosis of syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) resulting from lung cancer, especially when all tastes are interpreted as sweet, Japanese researchers report."

Lung Cancer Alliance Calls for Funding for Early Testing Program
"A new national survey released by the Lung Cancer Alliance reveals that Americans are uninformed about options for lung cancer testing."

Winship gets $7.5 Million to do Lung Cancer Research
"Emory's Winship Cancer Institute now has another $7.5 million to help eradicate lung cancer. Winship representatives announced the National Cancer Institute grant on March 7."

Cancer Patient Pleads for Ban
"Karen Lindquist tends to limit her political involvement to voting, but recently two things have changed: The Legislature began to debate a smoking ban in restaurants and, in December, she was diagnosed with lung cancer."

Cytokinetics Lung Cancer Trial Fails
"Cytokinetics Inc. said Thursday that a clinical trial of ispinesib, an experimental lung cancer treatment, failed. The South San Francisco drug company said the Phase II trial, run by GlaxoSmithKline, failed to meet the criteria to advance to the next stage of clinical testing."
 

Week Ending 03/25/06

I Blame Passive Smoking
"Jackie Butler is a grandmother of six from West Lothian who was out hillwalking with friends at every opportunity, until October. It was then, a week after her 66th birthday, that she was diagnosed with lung cancer."

Sputum Test Could Help Screen For Lung Cancer
"Testing sputum samples for gene promoter hypermethylation may help identify high-risk patients who are likely to develop lung cancer, according to a report in the March 15th issue of Cancer Research."

The Shock of Lung Cancer, When It Strikes Nonsmokers
"Each year tens of thousands of people who never smoked get this challenging cancer."

Chemotherapy Sequence Affects Lung Cancer Response
"Treatment with cisplatin followed by irinotecan appears to achieve better outcome in patients with nonsmall cell lung carcinoma than does treatment with the same drugs in the reverse order, according to Korean researchers."

Vitamins Don't Reduce Risk of Lung Cancer
"Contrary to what some smokers may hope, antioxidants and other vitamins seem to offer no protection against lung cancer, new research suggests."

Sunesis Initiates Phase II Lung Cancer Trial
"Sunesis Pharmaceuticals has begun treating patients in a phase II clinical trial of SNS-595, the company's lead anti-cancer therapeutic, in patients with small cell lung cancer."

Amerks Great Ehman Dies from Lung Cancer at Age 73
"Gerry Ehman, one of the most prolific scorers in Rochester Americans history, was remembered with a moment of silence on Friday night, somewhat fitting since, as a player, he quietly went about his business on the ice."

Renowned Choreographer, Dancer Dies of Lung Cancer
"A renowned dancer and choreographer in Asia, Lo Man-fei passed away yesterday after bidding farewell to family and friends at her side in a hospital ward in Taipei. She was 51."

Let's Seize Chance to Give Up for Good
"Blackened, diseased, cancerous lungs. Ron Fergusson faces them on a daily basis, the unhealthy reality of Scotland's addiction to cigarettes."

Mucus Test Might Track Lung Cancer Risk
"A new test using mucus from deep in the lungs of people at high risk for lung cancer could help pinpoint who's most likely to develop the disease."

Safety First Column: Simple Test Detects Cancer-Causer in Home
"According to Environmental Protection agency estimates, 21,000 lung-cancer deaths every year are radon-related, and about 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked."

Lung Cancer Risk Reduced with Phytoestrogens
"A diet higher in plant-derived compounds known as phytoestrogens is linked with a lower lung cancer risk, according to a new study by University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center."

Letters: Doctor Wants to See Fewer Cancer Patients
"As a cancer doctor fighting each day for the health of my patients, I hope that Appleton residents will appreciate the health improvements they voted for in April 2005 with the complete workplace smoking ban."

New Treatment Offers Hope For Lung Cancer Patients
"A novel finding by Australian researchers could pave way for an improvement in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, a type of lung cancer with a high mortality rate. The promising study has been conducted on over 2000 patients with a definitive diagnosis of lung cancer."
 

Week Ending 03/18/06

Dana Reeve's Death Adds to Questions on Lung Cancer in Women
"Experts say that each year more than one million people worldwide die of lung cancer. It is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women."

Diagnosis from Left Field
"Nonsmokers will be among the victims of the nation's No. 2 killer -- lung cancer.
Mention lung cancer, and the mind conjures the image of someone in a haze of smoke, puffing through a couple of packs of cigarettes a day. But Dana Reeve's death last week has drawn attention to an aspect of the disease that is often ignored: It can kill even a nonsmoker."

Genes May Help Guide Lung Cancer Care
"Specific genetic patterns may predict the course of lung cancer, researchers report.
The new patterns could help with the diagnosis, prognosis and, eventually, treatment of the disease as the information gleaned is used in drug development."

Concurrent Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy for Small Cell Lung Cancer
"According to an article recently published in the British Journal of Cancer, chemotherapy including Paraplatin® (carboplatin), Taxol® (paclitaxel), and Vepesid® (etoposide) plus radiation therapy delivered at the same time is an effective treatment regimen for limited small cell lung cancer."

Diabetes Not Tied to Increased Lung Cancer Risk
"While studies have shown that the rate of some cancers is increased in patients with diabetes, the risk of lung cancer apparently is not, according to UK researchers."

Smokes Ad Model has Lung Cancer
"A former British model who fronted a multi-million pound cigarette ad campaign said yesterday he had throat cancer."

Lung Cancer Clinical Trials - Smoking and Cancer
"A new report says despite a growing body of evidence that continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis has substantial adverse effects on treatment effectiveness, overall survival, risk of other cancers, and quality of life, up to one-half of cancer patients who smoke continue to do so or relapse after trying to quit."
 

Week Ending 03/11/06

Dana Reeve Dies of Lung Cancer at 44
Widow carried on activism after Christopher Reeve's death
"Dana Reeve, the widow of the actor Christopher Reeve, has died of lung cancer at age 44, according to the Christopher Reeve Foundation."

CU Researches Early Detection for Lung Cancer
"The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center is taking part in national research to find a way to detect lung cancer early and reduce the diseases high fatality rate. Lung Cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths."

Comedy Stalwart John [Junkin] Dies
"Comedy veteran John Junkin died yesterday from lung cancer aged 76. Junkin, an actor, comedian and scriptwriter on radio and TV, appeared in the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night."

Lung Cancer Most Common Cancer Worldwide
"Lung cancer is the world's top cancer killer and the most common cancer worldwide, with more than 1 million new cases every year and just as many deaths from it."

CRP May Help Predict Lung Cancer Risk in Smokers
"Measuring blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) -- a marker of inflammation -- may help identifying smokers with abnormal lesions in their airways that are likely to progress, new research suggests."

Drugs Added to Cancer Guidelines
"Doctors from the nation's top hospitals added expensive molecular agents to guidelines aimed at treatment of patients with advanced lung cancer."

High Lung Cancer Rate Seen in North Toledo
"Lung cancer is high in North Toledo's Lagrange Street area, according to a presentation yesterday at Toledo Hospital by one of the Ohio Department of Health's top officials."

CAD Scans Helping Detect Lung Cancer Early
"With the recent death of Christopher Reeve's wife, Dana, from lung cancer - many are wondering how to get checked for the disease. Now new technology that is helping doctors do that at a center in Luzerne County."

Assemblywoman Loses Battle with Lung Cancer
"Republican Assemblywoman Sandra Lee Wirth has lost a two-year battle with lung cancer. She was 60."

Program Targets Lung Cancer - San Mateo Center Developing Technology to Detect Disease Earlier, Save More Lives
"Sophie O'Connor smoked one to two packs of cigarettes a day - every day - for 39 years.
Although she quit 20 years ago, doctors found a tumor on the lower lobe of her right lung in its earliest stages - a detection practically unheard of since diagnosis usually occurs too late for doctors to do anything."

Colorado a High-Risk Area for Radon-Caused Cancer
"In the wake of Dana Reeve's death from lung cancer last week, Coloradans are being urged to check for excessive radon gas in their homes. The 44-year-old widow of Christopher Reeve died of the disease despite being a nonsmoker."
 

Week Ending 03/05/06

Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer Detects Early Disease
"Researchers affiliated with the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program Investigators have reported that Computed Tomography (CT) screening detects a higher percentage of early stage lung cancer than observed in a non-screened population."

Blood Protein Could Signal Lung Disease Risk
"C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood marker for inflammation typically used to identify cardiovascular risk, might also help spot people with abnormal precancerous lesions in the lung, Canadian researchers report."

Quanta Computer Inc. Denies Chairman had Lung Cancer
"Quanta Computer Inc. yesterday denied a report that its chairman, Barry Lam, had lung cancer."

Puerto Rico Passes One of Nation's Strongest Smoke-Free Laws, Says Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
"By signing into law one of the strongest smoke-free workplace laws in the United States, Puerto Rico Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila today delivered a historic victory for public health and the public's right to breathe clean air."

Legendary Comedy Producer Dies
"Harry Thompson, the comedy producer behind several TV hits including Have I Got News For You, has died at the age of 45 following a battle with lung cancer."

Cancer Rate in E. Texas On The Rise
"Lung cancer cases continue to increase in East Texas, surpassing the average number of cases both statewide and nationwide, according to the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center Annual Report 'O5."
 

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February 2006

Week Ending 02/25/06

Barney Fife Departs: Don Knotts dies of Lung Cancer
"Don Knotts, known for his Emmy winning role as Barney Fife in TV series The Andy Griffith Show, died of lung cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday."

Phase III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Trial Studying Nexavar (sorafenib) Tablets In Combination With Two Chemotherapeutic Agents, Bayer And Onyx
"Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the initiation of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III clinical trial studying Nexavar® (sorafenib) tablets administered in combination with the chemotherapeutic agents carboplatin and paclitaxel in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)."

Top German Cancer Center Delivers Advanced Gated Radiation Treatments for Lung Patients
"A 65-year-old German man has become one of the first lung cancer patients in Europe to be treated with radiation therapy that is delivered in timed bursts to take account of tumor movement caused by breathing."

Chromium Industry Withheld Data on Lung Cancer
"The chromium industry withheld and manipulated data showing that workers exposed to one of its chemicals had an increased risk of lung cancer, says a paper published Thursday in Environmental Health."

Patients Face Lottery Over Treatment for Cancer [United Kingdom]
"Region has some of longest waits - cancer patients in Yorkshire face some of the longest waits in the country for vital radiotherapy, a report reveals today."

Gemcitabine Adds Benefit to Lung Cancer Chemotherapy
"Addition of gemcitabine to a standard chemotherapy regime in selected patients with non-small-cell lung cancer can improve survival, Italian researchers report in the February 1st issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology."

Lung Cancer Alliance Commends Smoke Free Vote in Great Britain
"The Lung Cancer Alliance congratulated the British Prime Minister and the House of Parliament for their historic vote this month banning smoking in the workplace throughout Great Britain."

Lung Cancer: What Progress Are We Making
"Chicago, following the lead of other cities across the nation, recently passed an ordinance that bans smoking in virtually all public areas."

Televangelist Zola Levitt in Life Struggle vs. Cancer
"Zola Levitt, a Jewish Christian known for his tagline, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem," has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is not expected to live more than a year."
 

Week Ending 02/18/06

A Cancer Drug Shows Promise, at a Price
"Doctors are excited about the prospect of Avastin, a drug already widely used for colon cancer, as a crucial new treatment for breast and lung cancer, too. But doctors are cringing at the price the maker, Genentech, plans to charge for it: about $100,000 a year.

Collins' Dad Dies of Lung Cancer
"Jackson Collins Sr., the father of Virginia Tech's leading scorer and rebounder, died early Monday morning of cancer at the age of 56. He was diagnosed with lung cancer last February, and the cancer spread to his lymph nodes."

Champaign Mayor Recovering After Lung Cancer Surgery
"Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart said today that a small cancerous tumor was removed from his right lung last week, but that it appears that the cancer was caught early and that his health outlook is good."

Face of 'Cousin Willie' Popcorn Dies from Lung Cancer
"Wilfred Edward Sieg, Sr., whose likeness graced thousands of boxes of his family's "Cousin Willie's Popcorn," died this month from lung cancer. He was 74."

Bayer, Onyx Begin Lung Cancer Test of Nexavar
"Bayer AG and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Thursday said they had begun a late-stage trial of their drug Nexavar among patients with non-small-cell lung cancer."

Lung Cancer Drug Pipeline Update Lists All 243 Drugs for Lung Cancer and Gives You a Progress Analysis on Each One of Them
"Research and Markets has announced the addition of Lung Cancer Drug Pipeline Update 2006 to their offering."

Study Says Even Former Smokers Should Get Lung Cancer Screenings
"A new study done at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center found that smokers and former smokers, especially those age 50 and above, should be screened annually for lung cancer. They found that first-time tumor size and lung cancer stage have been linked to an asymptomatic population."

Babylon 5 Actor Dies of Lung Cancer
"You may know Andreas Katsulas as Ambassador G'Kar from Babylon 5 or as "the one armed man" in the hit flick "The Fugitive." The actor who seemed to always play villainous roles has died of lung cancer at the age of 59."

The Deadliest Cancer
"Lung cancer kills more Americans than any other type of malignancy-and some of the victims never smoked. But despite grim statistics there is some good news: fresh research offers hope for earlier diagnosis and more-effective treatments."

Lung Cancer Spread Related To Tumor Size
"Smaller tumors in the lungs appear to be less likely to have spread than larger tumors among patients with asymptomatic lung cancer, suggesting that early screening may be useful in detecting cancers that are still curable, according to a new article in the February 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals."
 

Week Ending 02/11/06

Lung Cancer Patients 'Deserve Better Treatment'
"Lung cancer is being overlooked by the Government despite being Britain's deadliest form of the disease, charities have warned."

Oxigene Plans Phase II Lung Cancer Trial
"Oxigene is planning a phase II clinical trial in the US evaluating its lead clinical candidate, Combretastatin A4P, in the treatment of stage IIIa/IIIb non small cell lung cancer."

New Insurance Plans: Good News for People Diagnosed With Cancer [Britain]
"Leading cancer care charity Macmillan Cancer Relief welcomes plans announced today by the Association of British Insurers' to make insurance polices clearer."

Nitroglycerin May Enhance Chemotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
"Researchers from Japan have reported that the use of nitroglycerin combined with the chemotherapy drugs Navelbine® (vinorelbine) and Platinol® (cisplatin) may improve response rates in patients with stage IIIB or stage IV non-small cell lung cancer."

Plea for Rethink on Lung Cancer
"Lung cancer patients battle inadequate care because of the stigma of the 'smokers disease,' Liverpool campaigners said last night."

Former Lawmaker Greimann Dies After Bout with Lung Cancer
[Ames, Iowa] "Jane Greimann, a former representative from Ames, is dead after a bout with lung cancer. She was 64."

Skater Inoue Reveals Bout with Lung Cancer
"Rena Inoue needed to find more inner strength than she'd ever summoned up on the ice. A year and a half after her father died of lung cancer, Inoue was diagnosed in 1998 with the same disease."

'All I Can Do is Fight' - Lyden, UK's Diving Coach, Battling Stage Four Lung, Brain Cancer
"Michael Lyden's nightmare began with a persistent cough."

Heart Transplant Pioneer Shumway Dies of Lung Cancer
"Dr. Norman Shumway, the first surgeon to perform a heart transplant operation in the United States, died today of lung cancer, a spokeswoman at Stanford University said."

Role of Cancer Screening Stressed
"Local officials welcomed the news Thursday that cancer deaths in the U.S. are down for the first time in the more than 75 years the government has been keeping statistics on the disease. But they said that revelation only reinforces the importance of prevention and early treatment."

Laurie Fenton, President of the Lung Cancer Alliance Responds to the Statement Issued Yesterday by the American Cancer Society on 'Cancer Facts and Figures 2006'
"We are disappointed that the American Cancer Society (ACS) would paint such a rosy picture in releasing their annual report on cancer statistics yesterday."

Point Therapeutics Initiates Phase III Lung Cancer Trial
"Point Therapeutics has enrolled the first patient in the company's second phase III clinical trial, which will evaluate its anticancer drug talabostat in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer."

Early Lung Cancer Diagnosis Facilitated With New Navigation Technology
"U.S. hospitals are increasingly embracing the use of a novel imaging technology known as the superDimension®/Bronchus System (SDBS) which enables diagnosis of lung cancer at an earlier stage than the conventional technique."

Week Ending 02/06/06

New Treatment Offers Hope For Lung Cancer Patients
"A novel finding by Australian researchers could pave way for an improvement in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, a type of lung cancer with a high mortality rate. The promising study has been conducted on over 2000 patients with a definitive diagnosis of lung cancer."

Lung Cancer Goes Undetected In The Early Stages
"Lung cancer symptoms usually go undetected during the early stages, according to experts. Weight loss, breathlessness and coughing are some the initial symptoms of the condition, according to the Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine's Professor Dieter Koehler. The other symptoms are the clubbed finger, swollen fingertips, and chest pain."

Lasting Cough, Breathlessness Could Indicate Lung Cancer
"The symptoms of lung cancer frequently go unrecognized in the early stages of the disease, experts say."

Resections for Elderly Patients With Lung Cancer Appears Safe: Presented at STS
"Elderly patients undergoing pulmonary resection for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) appear to have clinical outcomes and long-term survival rates that are similar to those seen in younger patients with similar disease profiles."

Steriotactic Hypofractionated Radiotherapy Promising for Lung Cancer
"Researchers from Sweden have reported promising results of treating stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with three fractions of 15 Gy given over one week rather than smaller daily doses spread over a longer period of time."

Chiron Foundation Awards Grants to National Organizations Promoting Improved Quality of Life for Cancer and Lung Transplant Patients
"The Chiron Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization funded by Chiron Corporation, announced today that it has awarded a total of $140,000 to seven organizations for programs assisting people living with cancer, lung transplants and pulmonary related illnesses."

Lung Cancer Survival Rates May Be Linked to Access to Care
"New research suggests that the lower survival rates of blacks with lung cancer may be explained by access to care."

Marsden Battling Lung Cancer
"In addition to being a respected broadcaster, Pat Marsden had a reputation for being feisty and even pugnacious. But he may lose his fight against cancer."

Studies by Texas Cancer Registry Find 18 ZIP Codes with Results Above Average Area Sees Elevations in Lung Cancer Rates
"When 68-year-old Lucie Wood tells someone that she is battling lung cancer, she is irritated that most automatically assume she is a smoker. Terri Diaz, who contracted lung cancer three years ago at 41, also has grown tired of her illness being stigmatized as a "smoker's disease."

Nitroglycerin May Enhance Chemotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
"Researchers from Japan have reported that the use of nitroglycerin combined with Navelbine® (vinorelbine) and Platinol® (cisplatin) may improve response rates and time to tumor progression in patients with stage IIIB/IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)."

Growing Evidence of Sex-Based Differences in Lung Cancer Highlighted at Roundtable Meeting: Advocacy Groups Unite To Make Lung Cancer in Women a Top Educational and Research Priority
"Women's health and lung cancer advocacy groups, led by the Society for Women's Health Research, vowed today to make lung cancer education and advocacy, especially among women, a top priority for their organizations in 2006 and beyond."
 

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Week Ending 01/28/06

Long-Term Survivors Hold Clues to Beating Lung Cancer
"A tiny fraction of patients with incurable lung cancer survived five or more years past diagnosis after receiving low-dose radiation intended merely for pain relief, a team of Australian researchers report."

Kosovan President, 61, Dies from Lung Cancer
"Kosovan President Ibrahim Rugova, the ethnic Albanian leader who came to epitomise the province's decades-long struggle for total independence from Serbia, has died without seeing his dream fulfilled."

Vitamin A-Like Compound Fights Lung Cancer
"A compound closely related to vitamin A shows promise in slowing lung cancer, according to studies in mice."

Past HRT Use May Lower Odds of Surviving Lung Cancer
"Women who develop lung cancer appear to have lower survival rates if they have a history of using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a study suggests."

Merck KGaA Buys Most Rights to Biomira Cancer Vaccine
"Merck KGaA, the German drugs and chemical maker controlled by the Merck family, said it's buying full U.S. rights to a lung-cancer vaccine discovered by Canada's Biomira Inc. to speed up the development of the treatment."

Specialists Attend Cancer Conference in Dublin
"Medical experts say more people with early stage lung cancer could be cured, if the approach to treatment is changed. Four hundred international cancer specialists are meeting at a three-day conference in Dublin."

Lung Cancer Also Threatens HIV-Infected Population
"Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and Europe. Individuals infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) appear to have a higher risk of lung cancer than the general population, due at least in part to a higher prevalence of smoking."

Former Net, Sixer Green Dies of Lung Cancer
"Former pro basketball forward Luther "Sally" Green, who played for the New York Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers, has died from lung cancer. He was 59."

Lung Cancer Risk Real for Women Too
"A common misconception that men are at a higher risk for lung cancer could delay or prevent many women from receiving valuable health care."

Lung Cancer-Higher Cure Rate Possible
"A higher cure rate for the most common type of lung cancer could be achieved if patients were treated in specialist centres with access to multidisciplinary care, experts have told a major conference in Dublin."

Alfacell Forms New Thoracic Cancer Advisory Board
"Alfacell Corporation today announced the formation of a Thoracic Cancer Advisory
Board to support the Company's strategic focus on developing novel ribonuclease (RNase) therapies for the treatment of diseases such as mesothelioma and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)."

New Lung Cancer Treatment to be Tested at St. Luke's
"A new treatment for lung cancer will be tested on Irish patients for the first time at
St. Luke's hospital in Dublin today."

Lung Cancer Study Offers Patients Hope
"Australian scientists have made a "surprise" finding they believe has the potential to improve treatment for one of the deadliest types of cancer, non-small cell lung cancer."
 

Week Ending 01/21/06

Lung Cancer Reality May Help Kin Quit Smoking
"A Duke physician is hoping that coping with a loved one's lung cancer will offer a 'teachable moment' that helps smokers quit for good."

Environmental Cadmium Exposure Increases Risk of Cancer: Study
"Results of a population-based study suggest that environmental exposure to the metal cadmium significantly increases the risk of cancer, especially lung cancer."

AVAX Technologies Announces the Initiation of its Clinical Study for the Treatment of Patients with Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
"AVAX Technologies, Inc. today announces that enrollment is commencing for its Phase I/II study in patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. The study will enroll patients with surgically resectable non-small cell lung cancer for adjuvant treatment with AVAX's AC Vaccine technology."

There Is A Need To Develop New Molecules For Targeted Therapy
"Targeted therapy is the buzzword in the treatment of cancers, whether it is chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), breast cancer, colon cancer or lung cancer."

Smokers Sue Philip Morris, Demand Lung Cancer Screening
"A group of longtime Marlboro cigarette smokers sued Philip Morris on Thursday, but not for cash. Instead, they want the tobacco giant to pay for annual high-tech screenings they say would catch lung cancer in its early stages."

Scientists Find Unusual Lung-Cancer Tumor-Suppressor Gene
"Researchers have identified a new and unusual tumor suppressor gene that may be important in cancers of the lung and head and neck. The study shows that restoring the inactivated gene can slow the growth of tumor cells."

Lung Cancer Alliance Issues Inaugural Report Card on Lung Cancer
"The Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) … today issued the first Report Card on Lung Cancer, an assessment of progress being made in the battle against this lethal disease."

Chinese Herbal Medicine May Increase Effectiveness of Lung Cancer Chemotherapy
"A combined analysis of 34 studies suggests that Astragalus-based Chinese herbal medicine may increase the effectiveness of platinum-based chemotherapy regimens for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)."

Brits Unveil New Imaging for Lung Cancer
"Doctors at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom say they have a new way to use computer tomography to find early lung cancer."

Commercial Opportunity in Lung Cancer Diagnosis
"Lung cancers continue to kill more people than any other type of cancer, with current survival rated at only 12-15%. Early detection and treatment greatly improves prognosis. For example, detecting and treating tumors less than 3cm in size increases survival to 75%."

Lung Cancer: RARa1 is Critical for Response to Retinoid Treatment
"Researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues have identified a protein that could help improve treatment for lung cancer."

Budhi is Fighting Lung Cancer
"Budhi Kunderan's voice over the phone from Glasgow (Scotland) makes one's blood run colder than a Scottish winter. India's former wicketkeeper is in the advanced stages of lung cancer, and can only speak in a hoarse whisper, interspersed with intermittent, wracking coughs."

Kosovo's Leader Dies of Lung Cancer
"The president of Kosovo, 61-year-old Ibrahim Rugova, has died after a battle with lung cancer."

Week Ending 01/15/06

Aromatase Inhibitors May Slow Growth of Lung Cancer in Women
"A few years ago researchers discovered that, much like breast tumors, some lung tumors also thrive on estrogen."

PAC Report: Patients Still Not Getting Care They Deserve Says Macmillan, UK
"The Committee has attacked the 'scandalous' lack of access to benefits advice for terminally ill cancer patients - we hope the Government is listening."

Quebec Tobacco-Free Week 2006 - The Canadian Cancer Society Provides Information and Support to People Who Want to Reduce Their risks of Developing Cancer by Quitting Smoking
"During the Quebec Tobacco-Free Week(from January 15 to January 22) and this year when the new Tobacco Act will come into effect (May 31, 2006), the Canadian Cancer Society wants to remind us that it provides information and support to people who want to reduce their risks of developing cancer by quitting smoking."

Disparity in Lung Cancer Surgery Not Due to Access
"Even when they have equal access to specialized care, blacks with potentially curable lung cancer, are about half as likely as whites to undergo surgery that could save their lives, according to a new study."

SSM St. Joseph Participates in Lung Cancer Study
"SSM St. Joseph Health Center announced Friday it is the only facility in Missouri to participate in an early lung cancer detection study."

Clinical Data, Inc. Announces Collaborative Research Agreement with University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute for Metabolomics Analysis of Lung Cancer Samples
"Clinical Data, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLDA), a worldwide leader in developing and commercializing pharmacogenomics and clinical diagnostics, announced today that it has entered into a collaborative research agreement with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). "

American Cancer Society Offers Support and Hope
"Dana Reeve's diagnosis of lung cancer and the passing of Peter Jennings are reminders that people have questions about the disease, and many smokers are looking for ways to quit. "

Tomatoes May Protect Against Lung Cancer
"Tomatoes may help protect smokers against lung disease, new research on mice suggests."
 

Week Ending 01/07/06

Susceptibility To Lung Cancer and COPD May Be Genetically Linked
"Research suggests that there may be a common underlying genetic susceptibility to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and reduced lung function."

Survivors of Radon-Induced Lung Cancer Speak Out
"Elizabeth Hoffmann of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a survivor of radon induced lung cancer. Although she has never smoked, her 15-year exposure to dangerous levels of radon in her home resulted in doctors having to remove the cancerous lower lobe of her left lung prior to her 38th birthday."

Hercules invests $5.5M in cancer detector company
"Hercules Technology Growth Capital Inc. said Wednesday it has invested $5.5 million in Xillix Technologies Corp., which makes technology to detect cancer."

CT Scan Urged for Smokers with Family Cancer History
"Current and former smokers who have a strong family history of lung cancer should consider undergoing a lung function test and screening with spiral CT scan, according to a new study of lung cancer families. The test is especially important should the previously diagnosed relative be their 50's."

Lung cancer surgery successful for Shaw; Representative to return to work by end of month
"U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw emerged from successful lung surgery on Wednesday with plans to return to work by the end of the month after leading a cancer-awareness tour of his South Florida district."

Regular Churchgoers Risk Lung Cancer
"A new study, conducted by researchers at the Maastricht University in Holland, suggests that people who go to the church every day are at a high risk of getting lung cancer due to the unhealthy air caused by candles and incense in the churches."

Singer Lou Rawls Dies of Lung Cancer
"Silken-voiced crooner Lou Rawls, whose career covered almost every form of black American music from gospel and blues to R&B, soul and jazz, died on Friday at age 72 after a battle with lung cancer, his spokesman said."

Alcohol Consumption and Lung Cancer: Are They Connected?
"Few studies have explored whether alcohol independently increases the risk of lung cancer or modifies the risk conferred by smoking."

Olympus Shares Rise on Lung Cancer Detection Technology
"Shares of Olympus Corp. had their biggest gain in six years after Cangen Biotechnologies Inc. said the two companies are developing a DNA-based technology to detect lung cancer. "

Healthy Living: Lung Cancer On The Rise In Women
"Utah is the number one cancer killer in women - and it isn't breast cancer. In this Healthy Living report, why lung cancer is on the rise - even in non-smoking women."

How Asbestos Firms Brush Cancer, Disease Under Industry Carpet
"When 68-year-old Mangabhai Patel tries to breathe, it's like he's breathing through a straw-constricted and extremely painful."

Of Canines and Cancer
"Michael McCulloch of the Pine Street Foundation, California, and Tadeusz Jezierski of a Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw studied whether dogs can detect cancer by sniffing the exhaled breath patients.">

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