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December

Week Ending December 26, 2009

In Libby, They're Doing Their Best Despite Grace Verdict
Libby, Montana – “Ida Templin lives in a very small house, and when she sits down at the desk to adjust her earrings, her feet are pressed tight up to the bed.”

Every Day Is A Gift
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP – “Bernard Chiappone has made a lot of friends among the staff at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center during the last 25 years.”

Chicago Cancer Genome Project Studies Genetics of 1,000 Tumors,br> ScienceDaily (Dec. 25, 2009) — “No two tumors are alike, but analyzing the genetics of cancers from different parts of the body may reveal surprising details useful for treatment and prevention.”

VU Professor Wins Major Grant
“David Carbone, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, cell and developmental biology and cancer biology, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been awarded nearly a million dollars in federal stimulus funds to study lung cancer among minorities.”

North Carolina Cancer Center Given $2 Million Towards Cancer Research
“Sanofi-Aventis, a global drug manufacturer, has given a $2 million gift to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of the center's strong research.”

Lung cancer: New Drug Shows Promise in Lab Mice
PARIS — “A new category of drug brakes the growth of treatment-resistant lung cancer among lab mice, according to a study published on Thursday in the science journal Nature.”

Pistachio-Rich Diet May Help Lower Lung Cancer Risk
“Cancer-protective qualities of pistachios may help decrease the risk of lung cancer, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference.”

Latest Diagnosis and Treatment Of Small And Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Under the auspices of the 12th International Symposium on Special Aspects in Radiotherapy 2008 in Berlin, acknowledged experts presented their perspectives on small and non-small cell lung cancer, reflecting the latest standards and engaging in controversies in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.”

LSU Health Sciences Center To Begin Lung Cancer Research
“Lung cancer accounts for the most cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States and cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor for lung cancer. But there are other factors that can contribute to the development of lung cancer, including genetic susceptibility.”

Week Ending December 19, 2009

FDA Panel Rejects Earlier Use of Tarceva In Lung Cancer
“A Food and Drug Administration panel Wednesday rejected earlier use of the cancer drug Tarceva in patients with advanced lung cancer.”

Lung Cancer Alliance Disappointed With Food and Drug Administration Committee Recommendation
“Yesterday, an advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration voted against the approval of Tarceva(R) (erlotinib) as maintenance treatment for advanced lung cancer patients.”

Rogers Secures $1.6 Million for UK Early Detection Cancer Research
“U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the House of Representatives has approved $1.6 million for the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Marty Driesler Cancer Project as part of the 2010 Department of Defense spending bill. The Senate is expected to vote on this final legislation soon.”

Numbers Tell a Surprising Story for U.S.
WASHINGTON — “Taking several days off last week to bring a child home from college, I had as my reading materials reports from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, courtesy of a breakfast with Angel Gurría, the energetic Mexican secretary general of the outfit.”

Scientists Crack Genetic Cancer Codes
LONDON, England (CNN) – “The entire genetic codes of two common types of cancer have been cracked, according to scientists, who say the breakthrough could unlock a new era in the treatment of deadly diseases.”

Lung Cancer Alliance Hails New Federal Funding for Lung Cancer Research
“Today, the United States Congress approved an additional $15 million in research funding for lung cancer as part of the fiscal year 2010 Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations package. This brings the total to $35 million that Congress has appropriated to date for the new program since it was launched in October of last year. The bill will now be sent to the President for signature.”

Lung Association Urges Action Over Radioactive Gas
Colourless, odourless radon can seep into basements and cause lung cancer

CANADA - “ The local lung association wants to boost knowledge in the province about a dangerous gas that seeps into basements through cracks and can cause lung cancer.”

Atlantic City Teacher Uses Lung Cancer Fight As Lesson
ATLANTIC CITY – “Chelsea Heights School teacher Merle Kyle has missed some classes in the past year. On Wednesday, she explained why to the school's sixth-graders, who are finishing up a unit in life sciences and the human body.”

Novel Radiation Therapy to Treat Lung Cancer Used for the First Time in United States, at New York Hospital Queens
“A 58-year-old man who lives in Corona, Queens came to the emergency room of New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) with extreme pain and tingling in his left arm. Although he did not realize it at the time, he had lung cancer. Recently, he made medical history as the first patient in the United States to be treated for lung cancer through the use of radioactive pellets placed directly in the tumor, and today his recovery is going well. Known as brachytherapy, this treatment approach is commonly used to treat prostate cancer.”

Novelos CEO: Very Bullish About Upcoming Pivotal Phase III Results
“We have just begun covering what may become one of the big small cap winners of 2010. The drug candidate is attracting unsolicited attention from news media outlets and Purdue Pharma (of OxyContin® fame), who is making a concerted push in cancer treatments and recently completed a $9M private placement in Novelos in exchange for the exclusive rights to negotiate for the US opportunity to NOV-002 through the end of Phase III.”

AACR to Host Lung Cancer Conference
“Premier international conference to highlight new information on molecular origins and the prospects for diagnosis, prevention and therapy.Coronado, CA — Jan. 11-14, 2010.”

Week Ending December 12, 2009

PET/CT Tests for Lung Cancer Diagnoses Work Effectively in Fast-Track Settings
“A combination of positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT—PET/CT) tests provides valuable information for diagnosing lung cancer in patients in a fast-track setting, say researchers from The Netherlands Cancer Institute.”

Two New Studies Find Lung Cancer Not Just For Smokers
“New details of the long-term affects of secondhand smoke are detailed in two studies in the December 2009 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (CEBP), a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.”

Asthma/Cancer Correlation Study Conducted by Cancer Prevention & Cure
“Lung diseases affect an increasingly growing sector of the population. Almost 20 million Americans suffer from asthma. The disease may predispose sufferers to lung cancer, which strikes over a quarter million new victims each year. The increased risk of lung cancer among asthma sufferers who have never smoked supports a direct correlation between asthma and lung cancer.”

NCCN Guidelines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Updated to Incorporate Maintenance Therapy
“NCCN updates the NCCN Guidelines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer to include guidance on maintenance therapy, several new therapeutic recommendations for specific patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, and a revised staging system.”

Cancer Cluster Claims Lives in NJ
“Tom Carroll says he didn't need a state health department study to confirm that his Pompton Lakes neighborhood is a cancer cluster.”

Breast Cancer Drug Fights Lung Cancer, Too Tamoxifen Reduces Risk of Dying From Lung Cancer
“The anti-hormone drug tamoxifen, which is used to treat breast cancer, may also reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer, a study of more than 6,000 women suggests.”

Lung Cancer 'Poor Relation' of Other Nurse Specialisms
UK – “Lung cancer specialist nurses see only half of lung cancer patients, and are present in a quarter of diagnoses, a report has revealed.”

Eating Pistachios Could Cut Lung Cancer Risk
Eating pistachios a day may keep you from developing lung cancer. A new study shows pistachios are a good source of vitamin E which protects against certain forms of cancer.

Lung Cancer Alliance Praises Growing National Coalition
“Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) praised the growing coalition of national organizations joining LCA in its "call to action" to devise a better public health strategy to address the nation's most lethal cancer.”

Questions Linger Around Test For Lung Cancer
“There's no good way of detecting lung cancer early, so it remains the number one cancer killer. A metro company has developed what it calls a simple blood test, but FOX 4 medical reporter Meryl Lin McKean explains that the issues involved in whether you should get the test are not so simple.”

Bryant Gumbel Reveals Battle With Lung Cancer
'Real Sports' Host and Former 'Today Show' Co-Host Disclosed Battle On-Air

“On this morning's "Live! with Regis and Kelly," television personality Bryant Gumbel, who has been filling in for Regis Philbin as co-host of the morning talk show, disclosed that he had surgery on his lung two months ago to remove a tumor.”

Week Ending December 5, 2009

The Lung Cancer Conundrum
“Yul Brynner born on July 11th 1920 in Vladivostok, Russia, remains one of the most unique, somewhat mysterious but highly recognizable and beloved stars of his time. Actor, Director, Narrator, star of stage and screen.”

An Infrequent Smoker and ER Chief Fooled Everyone, Until Lung Cancer Hit
“Gordon Everett isn't here to speak for himself, but he really wanted people to know these things about his life: He smoked only three cigarettes a day. He smoked for only eight years of his 56-year life.”

Lung Cancer Survivors Gather To Celebrate, Learn About Research, Treatments
“Resident Estelle Branden is a survivor. She was among the more than 100 who attended the recent Women’s Guild Lung Institute Lung Cancer Survivor Celebra-tion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.”

European Lung Cancer Screening Trial Demonstrates New Inexpensive Strategy For Improving Accuracy Of Diagnosis
“A simple, inexpensive computer tool that measures volume changes in the size of suspicious nodules in the lungs picked up by a CT scanner can rule out non-cancerous ones with almost perfect accuracy and enable doctors to diagnose true cancers with fewer, less expensive and less invasive tests.”

Lung Cancer's Racial Gap Narrowing
Anti-smoking campaigns aimed at teens reduce differences in incidence, deaths, research shows (HealthDay News) – “Efforts to prevent teens from smoking have helped narrow the racial disparity in lung cancer incidence and death rates among adults in the United States, researchers say.”

Lung Cancer Patients See Amazing Results In Clinical Study
Experimental Drug Could Help One In 20 Lung Cancer Patients

“Lung cancer is the most fatal cancer in the U.S. However a local clinical study is providing new hope for patients.”

Lung Cancer Breakthrough
American Lung Association Funded Researcher Makes Lung Cancer Breakthrough

“American Lung Association research has yielded an important discovery in the treatment of lung cancer, a disease that causes more deaths than any other cancer in the United States. Alan P. Fields, Ph.D., a recent recipient of the American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Lung Cancer Discovery Award, and his team at the Mayo Clinic Florida have found a major oncogene - a gene responsible for lung cancer development in mice.”

Tracking Cancer Data
Cancer registrars collect, organize and analyze data used by clinicians, researchers and epidemiologists.

“The most common cause of cancer-related death is lung cancer... Overall, cancer death rates are higher in men than women... Smoking is a risk factor for throat cancer... The drug tamoxifen is effective for certain kinds of breast cancer.”

K-25 Scans to 'Result in Lives Being Saved'.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — “Once again, a medical screening program designed for the early detection of lung cancer is available to eligible current and former Department of Energy K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant nuclear weapons workers.”

Early Morning Cigarette Ups Lung Cancer Risk
“Higher levels of nicotine is found in the blood of smokers who light up on waking, placing them at an increased risk of developing lung cancer.”

Circulating Tumor Cells May Indicate Lung Cancer Spread
(Reuters Health) – “Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) appear to be a useful surrogate marker of distant metastasis in primary lung cancer, Japanese researchers report in the November 15th issue of Clinical Cancer Research.”

New Study Confirms Kids Exposed to Second-Hand Smoke Are at Elevated Risk for Lung Cancer Later
“Children who breathe second-hand cigarette smoke face an increased risk of lung cancer, even if they never smoke, according to a new study.”

November

Week Ending November 28, 2009

ECU student, lung cancer survivor works to remove stigma from disease
“Taylor Bell was 21 when she was diagnosed with lung cancer — and she still doesn't know why. Bell was an avid soccer player, she was healthy and strong and, for the record, she did not smoke. And yet, people still try to blame her for her illness.”

Retired fireman With Lung Cancer Still
SANTA CRUZ –“It's little wonder John Tripodi's firefighter buddies call him Superman, and not just because he's competed in firefighting competitions in Las Vegas.”

Remember Lung Cancer Awareness All Year
“Today is a bittersweet day. Have you ever begun to grieve the end of something, while you are still in the midst of the celebration? I feel like a bride during her wedding dance already missing the guests.”

Patient Speaks Out to Raise Awareness of Lung Cancer
“A LUNG cancer patient has spoken of his determination to continue living his life as normal as a new drive sets out to raise awareness of the symptoms of the disease.”

Cancer Battle Turns Into a New Mission
Lawmaker urges others to react to symptoms

AUSTIN — “It was just a slight cough and a tingling in her fingers. State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon wasn't really worried about either as this year's regular legislative session was winding down at the Capitol.”

Cancer Diagnosis was Inspiration for Becky Augustin
“A torn ACL four years ago changed Becky Augustin's life. She underwent knee surgery, and during her recovery, she developed pneumonia. A nonsmoker, Augustin, now 55, never thought she would develop lung cancer. But the X-ray performed to diagnose her pneumonia also detected a suspicious spot on her lungs.”

Lung Cancer Clinical Trial Matching Service
“As part of the Lung Cancer Clinical Trials Call to Action Campaign , Lung Cancer Alliance, National Lung Cancer Partnership, and other advocacy groups have partnered with EmergingMed to offer a personalized service for lung cancer patients "to take charge of their diagnosis and learn about clinical trials, which are an important part of treatment innovation."”

Lung Cancer Kills Non-Smokers Too
“Cigarette smoking causes almost 90 percent of all lung cancers. So, it's not surprising that two of my close friends with lung cancer protested, "But I never smoked!"”

Croydon Pensioner Speaks About Battle with Lung Cancer
UK – “As lung cancer awareness month draws to an end, pensioner George Van Dyke speaks about how he dealt with the disease to raise awareness of the condition.”

Radon Responsible for up to 14% of Lung Cancers
“Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths than radon according to industry and public health experts. To bring more awareness to this issue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently joined the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first call to action to prevent radon caused cancers in homes across the globe.”

Researchers Study Benefits of Exercise for Lung Cancer Patients
“Lung cancer claims the lives of more Canadians than breast and prostate cancer combined, yet little research has been done to determine whether an active lifestyle can lower the mortality rates of this devastating disease.”

Week Ending November 21, 2009

Opera Singer Battles Stage Four Lung Cancer
“Seven months after a doctor told her she had only six months to live, San Francisco Opera singer Zheng Cao is still going strong. She is fighting stage four lung cancer. She never smoked and there is no history of lung cancer in her family.”

'Desperate Housewives' Star Fights Lung Cancer, Raises Awareness
“Kathryn Joosten is really ticked off. In fact, she’s so angry at the moment it’s tough to tell Joosten apart from her alter ego Karen McClusky, the nosey neighbor on "Desperate Housewives" who never shies away from a verbal sparring with the other ladies of Wisteria Lane.”

State Representatives Dwayne Bohac and John Zerwas Recognize Two Local Doctors at MD Anderson to Bring Attention to Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Texas
“As part of an effort to increase awareness of lung cancer and its devastating effects on this state, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) and Dr. John Zerwas (R-Katy) honored the efforts of two local doctors who are battling on the front lines to treat the second leading killer of Americans. Lung cancer is one of the most common and deadly forms of this disease and will kill more people this year than all other cancers combined.”

ASCO Releases Updated Treatment Guidelines for Patients with Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
“New recommendations on the use of chemotherapy to treat patients with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer ( NSCLC ) were issued today by the American Society of Clinical Oncology ( ASCO ).”

Regina Vidaver: Lung Cancer Merits Research Funds, Too
“A Monday Local Digest brief about cancer deaths in the state buried the lead: Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men in Wisconsin and in the nation.”

LCA Releases 5th National Report Card on Lung Cancer
“Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) released its annual National Report Card on Lung Cancer, an overall assessment of efforts to reduce lung cancer's mortality.”

Cancer Screenings Restarted for Piketon Plant Workers
“The Early Lung Cancer Detection Program for Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Workers was officially restarted this morning in a ceremony conducted in Piketon.”

Morphine May Help Tumors Spread in Cancer Patients
Lab study finds that common surgical painkillers help cancer cells thrive

“Two new studies add to growing evidence that morphine and other opiate-based painkillers may promote the growth and spread of cancer cells.”

Week Ending November 14, 2009

Upstage Lung Cancer Presents "Life Cabaret"
“In today's Entertainment Report, an event that gives you the chance to listen to some great music while supporting the fight against lung cancer.”

Veteran Jacksonville Reporter Faces New Challenge in Cancer Fight
“My journey fighting lung cancer just took a downward turn. I have been chronicling the ups and downs of my cancer since I was diagnosed March 10, the day after my 45th anniversary as a reporter for The Florida Times-Union.”

Call For Spotlight on Lung Cancer
“October, with its pink ribbons, T-shirts and yogurt lids, has passed, and I couldn't be happier. Thanks for those who dutifully bought pink. It did a lot of good. But to me, all that pink is a sore reminder of my mom's death seven years ago, caused by a cancer seldom remembered with ribbons, walks or products hawked in women's magazines.”

Non-Smoker Fights Lung Cancer
“Kingsford resident Cornelius Coelho has told his story as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month to dispel the myth that the disease affects only smokers.”

Paddleout Held for Surfer, Board Maker Gary Edgar
“As each person released a white dove into the sky near the ocean, Bob Marley's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," played in the background. It was the song playing on Gary Edgar's iPod when he died on Wednesday in a hospital after a sudden bout with lung cancer. He was 45.”

Pembroke Resident With Lung Cancer Trying to Raise Awareness
“Ten months ago, Pembroke resident Brenda Mastrangelo was diagnosed with a severe case of lung cancer. And although she has been through chemotherapy every month since the time she was diagnosed, doctors gave her one-year to live.”

Local Event to Help Lung Cancer Patients
“An evening of food, drink, dancing and a silent auction to benefit lung cancer patients is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls.”

New Study in Clinical Cancer Research Shows Therapeutic Promise of Peregrine's Bavituximab With Radiation in a Lethal Brain Cancer Model
“Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that a newly published study shows that a phosphatidylserine (PS)-targeting antibody similar to the company’s lead product candidate bavituximab demonstrated potent anti-tumor activity when combined with radiation in a model of aggressive brain cancer, doubling the survival time of test animals and producing long-term cures.”

Experimental Drug Leads to Life Changing News for Cancer Patients
“Bill Schuette had tried chemotherapy -- seven different kinds -- but his lung cancer continued to grow. His doctor told him that they had exhausted every option -- there was no other way to treat his cancer.”

The Great American Smokeout Can Help You Quit for Good
“If you can quit smoking for a day, you may be able to quit forever. That's the idea behind the annual Great American Smokeout, which is Thursday.”

Why Is Our Progress Against Cancer So Slow?
“Sometimes it seems like we're not making much headway against cancer. Are we? The answer is clearly yes, but with qualifications.”

Lung Cancer in Women
“In this edition of Oz Plus, Fox 5 News takes a look at the number-one cancer killer of women -- lung cancer. It frustrates a lot of doctors because it is often preventable.”

Bend Memorial Clinic Pursues Recruitment in Lung Cancer Trial
BEND, Ore. – “The Bend Memorial Clinic is recruiting patients for a Phase III lung cancer trial aimed at preventing the disease’s recurrence in previously treated patients. Specifically, the trial is evaluating the potential of an immunotherapy called Antigen-Specific Cancer Immunotherapeutic (ASCI) for the treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).”

PET Imaging Useful in Lung Cancer Cases
“U.S. scientists say a rapid decline in metabolic activity on a PET scan after radiation for non-small cell lung cancer suggests good local tumor control.”

Week Ending November 7, 2009

For Some With Early Stage Lung Cancer
ScienceDaily — “Patients with early stage, non-small cell lung cancer who are not able to undergo surgery, now have a highly effective treatment option. Physicians say that option, radical stereotactic radiosurgery performed with CyberKnife, leads to a 100 percent overall survival after three years in patients with good lung function before treatment.”

Chemotherapy Shows Promise In Small Cell Lung Cancer
ScienceDaily — “Treating limited stage small cell lung cancer (LSCL) with a combination of accelerated high-dose radiotherapy and chemotherapy has shown encouraging results, opening the door to larger scale investigation, according to new research from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.”

ASTRO: Radiation Beneficial in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Cranial irradiation prevents brain metastases; stereotactic radiotherapy benefits frail

(HealthDay News) – “In patients with non-small cell lung cancer, prophylactic cranial irradiation may help prevent brain metastases, and stereotactic radiotherapy may arrest the growth of lung cancer in frail patients, according to research presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, held from Nov. 1 to 5 in Chicago.”

Cancer Patients Want Honesty From Doctors
Survey Shows Patients Want Straight Talk About Chances of Survival

”If you had cancer, would you want to be told your odds of dying? Absolutely, suggests a survey of more than 500 people with breast, lung, or prostate cancer.”

American Cancer Society Launches Huge study
“When Myles Brand and Melvin Simon died of pancreatic cancer, many wanted to know what caused it. Right now, medical experts say it's virtually impossible to tell and it's often a death sentence. Yet, ask people about lung cancer and most will tell you that one of the leading causes is smoking. It's common knowledge.”

“The New Face Of Lung Cancer: Personalized Medicine”
“Winthrop-University Hospital’s Advances in Cancer Care educational series will offer a free program, “The New Face of Lung Cancer: Personalized Medicine,” on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at 7:00 PM. It will be held at Winthrop’s Community Outreach Center, located at 101 Mineola Boulevard at the corner of Second Street in Mineola.”

October

Week Ending October 31, 2009

Lung Cancer Care 'Inadequate'
“Key areas of lung cancer care are still "woefully inadequate", a report by leading lung cancer experts says. The UK Lung Cancer Care Coalition, an umbrella group composed of doctors, charities and private health firms, says UK care lags behind Europe.”

Drugs Join Forces to Overcome Lung Cancer Resistance
“Combining two targeted cancer therapies may overcome the resistance that some lung tumors develop during treatment, according to a recent report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
The study, which tested the drug combo in mouse models of lung cancer, supports moving forward with clinical trials in patients with lung cancer.”

Horn Set to Explore Lung Cancer Therapies
“Leora Horn, M.D., has joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as an assistant professor in Hematology/Oncology, specializing in lung cancer.”

Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) Adds His Name As Co-Sponsor to the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2009
“Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) praised Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) for his endorsement of the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2009. Thompson joins Representatives Michael Honda (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) in strengthening California's Congressional support for this critically needed legislation.”

Drug-Radiation Combo Eradicates Lung Cancer In Mice
ScienceDaily – “Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have eliminated non-small cell lung (NSCL) cancer in mice by using an investigative drug called BEZ235 in combination with low-dose radiation.”

IsoRay Announces World`s First Cesium-131 Lung Implants Performed at Cornell Medical Center
“IsoRay, Inc. announced today that starting on August 12, 2009, Dr. Bhupesh Parashar from the Department of Radiation Oncology, and Dr. Nasser Altorki of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center performed the world`s first Cesium-131 lung implants.”

Biomoda Prepares for Phase III Clinical Trials
“Medical diagnostics company Biomoda, Inc. is taking preliminary steps to launch multisite Phase III clinical trials of its in-vitro diagnostic for early-stage lung cancer, trademarked under the name CyPath.”

Rexanna’s Foundation to host lung cancer fundraiser at Salt Lick
“Rexanna’s Foundation is holding its third annual Lone Star Huddle Up Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Salt Lick Pavilion, 18300 FM 1826, in Driftwood. The event is held in conjunction with lung cancer awareness month.”

Take a deep breath and ...
Fundraisers for lung disease research get to play Spider-Man on side of high-rise hotel in the Loop

“Lauren LaViola's feet were propped against the edge of the roof of theWit hotel as she dangled from a harness, studiously avoiding looking down at the sidewalk 27 stories below.”

Engelstad Facility is New Theater in War on Cancer
“Nearly an hour before a new cancer research building was dedicated early Tuesday at the Nevada Cancer Institute, one car sat in front of the huge three-story structure.
The driver rolled down the Chevrolet Malibu's window, shared a few pleasantries with a stranger about the howling, chilly wind, and then said it wouldn't be long before his daughter, a cancer researcher, showed up for the ceremony.”

Duke Cancer Center to Host Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K
(RALEIGH) – “The Duke Cancer Center and The North Carolina Lung Cancer Partnership are proud to announce the third annual Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K on November 7th at the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus. The North Carolina Lung Cancer Partnership is committed to decreasing deaths due to lung cancer.”

Lilly and The Wellness Community(R) to Raise Awareness of Deadliest Cancer During Lung Cancer Awareness Month
“On Monday, November 2, clear biodegradable balloons will be released, carrying messages of hope and encouragement for the nearly 5,000 people in Indiana living with lung cancer(1). The balloons, which represent clear lungs, are being launched as part of Our Mission is Clear, an event organized by Lilly and The Wellness Community Central-Indiana to bring awareness and attention to the disease during November, National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.”

Free Lung Cancer Symposium November 2nd in NYC
“I love freebies, and this is a good one. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and, as a kickoff, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation is offering a free public symposium on lung cancer in New York City."

Week Ending October 24, 2009

Philip Morris May Have to Fund Tests for Smokers
Massachusetts – “The state’s high court said yesterday that cigarette maker Philip Morris USA may have to pay for diagnostic chest exams so smokers can get early warning they have developed lung cancer, possibly opening a new front in tobacco liability lawsuits.”

“In Silico” Research Finds Therapy Targets for Lung Cancer
“The Translational Genomics Research Institute and Scottsdale Healthcare aided by computer models uncovered the courses of lung cancer which may lead to discoveries of new drugs. The study is released in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. This can be found online, whereas the printed version is expected to see the light in the journal`s November issue.”

Agent Orange Program Expanded
“Stored in 55-gallon drums across a war-torn country in Southeast Asia, the defoliant Agent Orange was a common sight in the former Republic of South Vietnam.”

Gene Test Gives Smokers a ‘Cancer Risk Rating’
“It’s every smoker’s dread — discovering that your genes, as well as your behaviour, put you in the highest category of risk for lung cancer.”

Allegro Diagnostics lands $2.8M SBIR grant for lung cancer diagnostics
“The National Cancer Institute has awarded Allegro Diagnostics, a Boston developer of medical tests for cancer, a $2.8 million Phase 1/2 Fast Track Small Business Innovation Research grant for a clinical study of its lung cancer diagnostic test, BronchoGen.”

Lung Cancer Patients Live Nearly Three Months Longer with Alimta
“A recent clinical trial showed that the cancer drug Alimta improved the survival of lung cancer patients by nearly three months, compared to those who were treated with a placebo. When a patient’s lung cancer does not progress after receiving chemotherapy, they may be treated with Alimta, an injectable drug, as maintenance therapy.”

Illinois Warns Against Radon Gas
“The state of Illinois is urging residents to test their homes for radon. Radon Action Week is Oct. 18 to 24, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency contends many people don't know if their homes have high levels of the gas. The department says the colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer.”

Cancer Survivor Pushes State Awareness Campaign
“Louisiana, Georgia and Florida aren't going to be alone anymore when it comes to states in the Southeast proclaiming November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.”

Woman's Spirit Stilled by Disease
“Mary Anaya fed the hungry and clothed the naked, all the while mothering 10 children, plus the one growing in her womb. But she died early Wednesday at age 42, leaving behind her family and a long record of loving her neighbor as herself.”

Medical Marijuana Debate Heating Up
GREEN BAY – “Jackie Botsford has never smoked marijuana, but she's willing to give it a try if it becomes legal for medical purposes. That's because the 62-year-old is suffering from terminal lung cancer.”

New Procedure Boosts Lung Cancer Survival Rate and Shortens Recovery Time
“Lung cancer ranks as one of the deadliest types of cancer, with a five-year survival rate of only 16%. But for those who catch it early, there's a new, less invasive way to help boost those odds.”

Activists to Breathe Life into Lung Cancer Walk
WEST BLOOMFIELD — “Pink ribbons and breast cancer awareness programs are everywhere this October, but a fundraiser for a different type of cancer is also stepping into West Bloomfield.”

Karmanos Cancer Institute to Launch Health Initiative Focused on Environmentally-Associated Cancers
“The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, in cooperation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), will launch a targeted health initiative in January 2010 focused on environmentally-associated cancers.”

Lung Cancer Alliance Launches Shine a Light on Lung Cancer National Vigil
“Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) announced the launch of the Shine a Light National Lung Cancer Vigil, a campaign designed to raise awareness of lung cancer during November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Building on the success of vigils held across the country over the past three years, LCA is encouraging an even greater number of volunteers to host a vigil in their community.”

Week Ending October 17, 2009

NCCN Teams with Discovery Health Channel to Focus on Living with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. Although tobacco use is the strongest known risk factor for lung cancer, many people who never smoked also develop the disease. Regardless of how one developed lung cancer, treating the disease in the advanced stage faces numerous challenges both for clinicians and patients as well as their families.”
Current air dates for Living with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (all times are Eastern):

  • Sunday, October 18 - 7:00 am (premiere)
  • Saturday, October 24 - 7:00 am
  • Sunday, October 25 - 7:00 am
  • Saturday, October 31 - 7:00 am
  • Sunday, November 1 - 6:00 am
  • Saturday, November 7 - 7:00 am
  • Sunday, December 13 - 6:00 am


New York Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Join As Co-Sponsors of The Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act
“Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) hailed the support of Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) who have signed on as co-sponsors of a bill to establish the first ever multi-agency, comprehensive program targeted at lung cancer.”

Lung Cancer Turns Retired Judge into Advocate for Research
“"Even today as I sit here, it feels like the entry bullet was here," said retired Judge James McGregor, pointing to his chest, "and the exit wound was back there," gesturing to his back.”

Michigan Carpenter Makes Long Chain in Memory of Wife
ROSS TOWNSHIP, Mich. – “When Markley Noel lost his wife to lung cancer, the southwest Michigan carpenter comforted himself the best way he knew how: by working the wood.”

Court Upholds Verdict Against Tobacco Firms
“A state appeals court has upheld a San Francisco jury's award of $2.85 million in damages to the family of a woman who died of lung cancer after smoking cigarettes for 27 years, ruling that she relied on tobacco companies' claims that their products were safe.”

Progress Slow in War on Cancer
Editor’s note: “This is part of a month long series on the battle against cancer. Erma Fee’s small frame fits easily into the beige recliner in the cancer care unit at Mercy Hospital Farfield.”

Rickman Comes to VUMC as Director of Bronchoscopy
“Otis Rickman, D.O., has joined Vanderbilt as an assistant professor of Medicine and Thoracic Surgery and director of Bronchoscopy.”

The Cancer Fight Continues
“As we take time in the month of October to recognize those surviving breast cancer and those who lost their battle, I take time to remember my granddaddy. His case was a little different, as he didn’t have breast cancer, although it’s possible in men. He had lung cancer. He was already in stage 4 when they discovered it in June 2007.”

Zoledronic Acid May Improve Survival of Lung Cancer with Bone Metastases
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – “Treatment with the third generation bisphosphonate zoledronic acid (Zometa) may improve survival in lung cancer patients with bone metastases, Greek researchers report. Between 20% and 40% of lung cancer patients will have bone metastases, Dr. Nikos K. Karamanos, from the University of Patras, and colleagues note. Recent experimental evidence suggests that third generation bisphosphonates can block proliferation and induce apoptosis in a wide range of cancer cells, including those from both small and non-small-cell lung cancers.”

Prometheus Launches ProOnc Dx Cancer Diagnostics
“Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company, today announced the nationwide commercial launch of three new cancer diagnostic products: ProOnc TumorSource Dx, ProOnc Squamous Dx and ProOnc Mesothelioma Dx. Each of these tests is based on recently developed, highly sensitive microRNA technology.”

Radient Pharmaceuticals Signs Research Collaboration Agreement With CeTeCancer
“Radient Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a US-based pharmaceutical company, announced today it has entered into a collaboration agreement through its wholly owned subsidiary AMDL Diagnostics, Inc. (ADI) with CeTeCancer -- a Chilean-based research laboratory -- to validate the effectiveness of Radient Pharmaceuticals' Onko-Sure™ in vitro diagnostic (IVD) cancer test as an early detection and prevention test for lung cancer.”

Cellceutix Poster Presented At American Association for Cancer Research
“Cellceutix Corporation today announced that it presented a poster and its Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Krishna Menon, was one of only four individuals selected to participate in an expert panel discussion of the abstract at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting "Frontiers in Basic Cancer Research" in Boston, MA on October 10, 2009. The Company's poster describes in vitro and in vivo research on its lead compound, Kevetrin(TM), which is being developed for drug resistant cancers. The three day AACR meeting featured presentations on the latest advances in basic cancer research from around the world.”

Adjuvant Chemotherapy For Stage IB Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Conundrum
“The authors were invited to provide this commentary on the research findings reported in Strauss GM, Herndon JE II, Maddaus MA, et al. Adjuvant paclitaxel plus carboplatin compared with observation in stage IB non-small-cell lung cancer: CALGB 9633 with the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, and North Central Cancer Treatment Group Study Groups. J Clin Oncol. 2008;26:5043-5051.”

Chemotherapy Doses Often Inadequate in Elderly Patients with Lung Cancer
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – “In elderly patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), appropriate chemotherapy yields improved response rates and survival, according to two reports in the October issue of Lung Cancer.”

Week Ending October 10, 2009

TNM Lung Cancer Classification Needs Fine Tuning
(Reuters Health) – “Some lung cancer patients classified as T3 by the new TNM classification, seventh edition should be redefined as T2b, say researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.”

Davis Named Cancer Survivor of The Year
“Covault of Lafayette was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and had to have half of his right lung removed. He realizes that his former lifestyle was unhealthy -- he smoked for 45 years and did not exercise regularly or eat healthy foods.”

American Cancer Society Seeks To Join Smoking Ban Lawsuit
South Dakota – “It's the lawsuit that has smokers and some businesses joining forces to make sure South Dakota doesn't become smoke free. Now another group is getting involved.”

Smoking: Lung Cancer in Women reaching Epidemic proportions
“Lung cancer, the #1 preventable form of cancer - usually associated with smoking, is also the #1 killer of Americans (under 85 years),& has been increasing significantly in American women. While there are recently-improved forms of treatment, the subject is relatively unheard of in the media, the problem is spreading worldwide & research is itself underfunded. Prevention is most desirable for those smoking, & a program is outlined.”

British Scientists 'Seek and Destroy' Cancer Cells Using Iron Nanoparticles
“A revolutionary technique that uses injections of iron nanoparticles to seek out and destroy cancer cells has been developed by British scientists.”

Dr. Deborah Morosini, M.D. Speaks Out on Lung Cancer and Asbestos in National Campaign
“Deborah Morosini, M.D., pathologist and lung cancer advocate, appears in a national television initiative advocating awareness of lung cancer and asbestos cancer risks. The new television spot is sponsored by Baron & Budd, P.C., a Dallas-based law firm that advocates for asbestos victims with mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer.”

Opera Singer to Sing Anthem at Presidents Cup
“The person chosen to sing the national anthem is San Francisco guest opera singer Zheng Cao. She's being treated locally for stage four lung cancer and talked to ABC7 about it.”

Global Cancer Control: An Essential Duty
“At NCI, we clearly recognize cancer as a global health crisis, and one for which the worldwide impact—both personal and economic—is rapidly expanding. A recent study reported that in the past 30 years the global burden of cancer, based on the incidence of new cancer cases and annual deaths, has doubled. The burden of cancer, however, is not equally distributed, and this represents a major concern. Today, 63 percent of cancer cases occur in countries less developed than ours. It has been estimated that across the globe there will be 12.9 million new cases diagnosed this year, and the worldwide toll is predicted to rise to 27 million new cancer cases and 17 million deaths by the year 2030, unless we take more pressing action.”

M.D. Anderson Receives $8.3 million to Study Genetic Relationships to Cancer
“The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has received a five-year, $8.3 million grant from The Cancer Genome Atlas to study how genetic pathways fuel more than 20 types of cancer.”

Pfizer Halts Enrollment in Lung Cancer Trial
(Reuters) – “Pfizer Inc. has halted patient enrollment in a late-stage lung cancer trial of its experimental drug, figitumumab, for safety reasons, the drugmaker said on Friday.”

Computer Simulations Validate Treatment Targets For Lung Cancer
“Using computer modeling, the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Scottsdale Healthcare have discovered lung cancer 'pathways' that could become targets for new drugs, according to a scientific paper published online by the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.”

Hundreds Walk To Help Fight Lung Cancer
“The second-annual Lungevity Walk took place at Lake Normandale. Hundreds of people helped the fight against lung cancer Sunday in Bloomington, Minn.”


Week Ending October 3, 2009

Doctors Study Nonsmokers With Lung Cancer
20,000 Nonsmokers Diagnosed With Disease Each Year

“Most of the time when someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, it's assumed the person is a lifelong smoker. But one in 10 people who gets the disease has never smoked a day in his or her life.”

University Of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Researchers Receive V Foundation Award For Lung Cancer Clinical Trials
“Jill M. Siegfried, Ph.D., co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's (UPCI) Lung and Thoracic Malignancies Program, has received a $1 million grant from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano, former legendary basketball coach of North Carolina State University. The grant will help support the establishment of new clinical trials for lung cancer patients at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's (UPMC) Cancer Centers.”

Paul Marks prize recognizes 3 young cancer researchers
Biennial award honors investigators who have made important contributions to the understanding of cancer

“Three young investigators who have taken significant steps toward advancing the understanding of cancer will be the recipients of this year's Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, a prize awarded biennially since 2001 to scientists under the age of forty-six by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.”

World Health Organization Takes Action Against Lung Cancer With New 2.7 Radon Limit
“The World Health Organization announced that they have established a new limit for indoor radon gas. The new maximum radon level is 2.7. This is a 32% reduction from the previously accepted "action level" of 4.0.”

Personalized, Gene-Based Risk Testing For Lung Cancer Gives New Tool To Help Smokers Quit
“Smokers who learn their personal risk of lung cancer through gene-based risk assessment are more likely to be motivated to quit their habit, according to Dr. W. Jeffrey Allard, clinical affairs director of Synergenz Bioscience Ltd.”

Telik says early-stage trial data of lung cancer drug positive
(Reuters) – “Telik Inc.said its drug candidate Telcyta showed positive results in an early-stage trial as a combination therapy for non-small cell lung cancer patients, sending its shares up as much as 33 percent in after-market trade.”

Biomoda Engages Renowned Researcher to Lead Longitudinal Component of Lung Cancer Study
“Biomoda, Inc., a diagnostics company focused on the development of accurate, inexpensive, and noninvasive in-vitro tests for the early detection of cancer, announced Dr. Thomas Bauer will read the follow-up CT scans and other data on study participants as part of the longitudinal component of the research of the Phase II clinical trial of its assay. Dr. Bauer is the Principal Investigator (PI) overseeing the Phase II clinical trial of Biomoda's early-stage diagnostic for lung cancer.”

September

Week Ending September 26, 2009

Toad Venom In Cancer Treatment: Traditional Chinese Medicine Is Well-tolerated, Study Shows
(ScienceDaily) – “Huachansu, a Chinese medicine that comes from the dried venom secreted by the skin glands of toads, has tolerable toxicity levels, even at doses eight times those normally administered, and may slow disease progression in some cancer patients, say researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.”

Hormone Replacement Therapy Increases Risk of Death From Lung Cancer
“Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using oestrogen and progestin increases the risk of death from lung cancer, according to a study published online first and in an upcoming edition of The Lancet.”

Pfizer To Initiate Late-stage Study Of ALK Inhibitor In Cancer Patients With Specific Gene Mutation
“Thursday, pharma major Pfizer Inc. said that it will initiate a global, Phase 3 clinical trial of PF-02341066, its investigational oral c-Met and ALK inhibitor, being developed to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC, who also carry the anaplastic lymphoma kinases, or ALK, fusion gene and who have progressed on one prior treatment with a platinum-based chemotherapy.”

Lung Cancer Risk Increase for Nonnatural Menopausal Women
“Prematurely postmenopausal women who smoke may be putting themselves at greater risk for developing lung cancer, according to a study published in The International Journal of Cancer (2009 May 11 [Epub ahead of print]).”

Lung Cancer Survivors Fight Societal Stigma
“The doctors told Susan Smedley Gerber that her lung cancer wasn't caused by smoking but in many ways it didn't matter. She found herself facing the same stigma and same reactions that thousands of lung cancer patients fight in addition to their cancer.”

Certain Cancers More Common Among HIV Patients Than Non-HIV Patients
(ScienceDaily) — “Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that non-AIDS-defining malignancies such as anal and lung cancer have become more prevalent among HIV-infected patients than non-HIV patients since the introduction of anti-retroviral therapies in the mid-1990s.”

Grim killer: Deadliest Cancer Tied Almost Entirely to Smoking
“The odds are starkly and frightfully grim. Of the 750 or so people in Northeast Pennsylvania who have been or will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, chances are 443 will be dead before the end of 2010, based on national mortality rates. Only about 113 will survive five years.”

Week Ending September 19, 2009

IntrinsiQ Study: Oncologists Overlook Maintenance Therapy Option - More Often than They Realize
“IntrinsiQ, the company improving the quality and understanding of cancer care, today announced the findings of the company`s first IntelliView 360 research study. The biggest outcome: Oncologists believe they treat lung cancer patients in the maintenance setting three times more often than they actually do.”

Guide On Lung Cancer In 'Never-smokers': A Different Disease And Different Treatments
ScienceDaily — “A committee of scientists led by Johns Hopkins investigators has published a new guide to the biology, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer in never-smokers, fortifying measures for what physicians have long known is a very different disease than in smokers.”

Quality of Life May Predict Life Span of Lung Cancer Patients
“In September 2009, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology published a study concerned with the fact that people`s pretreatment life quality can predict how much they can survive with their ordeal. The research focused on patients suffering from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in an advanced stage.”

New Drug May Offer Hope to Some With Lung Cancer
Pemetrexed improves survival with advanced non-small-cell tumors, study finds

(HealthDay News) – “Maintenance therapy with the drug pemetrexed improves the survival of people with non-small-cell lung cancer whose disease has not progressed after chemotherapy, a new study has found.”

Almac, Lilly UK to Personalize Lung Cancer Treatment with Alimta/Cisplatin Regimen
“Almac and Lilly UK are developing a companion diagnostic to gauge which patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer will benefit from treatment with Alimta and cisplatin combination therapy.”

Stimulus to fund WVU Research on Lung Cancer Recurrence
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – “West Virginia University researchers will use $1 million in stimulus money to try to improve the survival rate for lung cancer patients whose tumors return. Computer scientist Lan Guo says five-year survival rates for lung cancer patient are already low. But when the cancer returns -- as it does in up to half of patients -- it's almost always fatal.”

Lung Cancer Suppresses miR-200 to Invade and Spread
Findings present possible avenue for preventing metastasis

HOUSTON – “Primary lung cancer shifts to metastatic disease by suppressing a family of small molecules that normally locks the tumor in a noninvasive state, researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center report in the Sept. 15 edition of Genes and Development.
"Existing treatments have little success against cancer that has spread to other organs, so finding a way to prevent metastasis could have a huge impact on survival," said senior author Jonathan Kurie, M.D., professor in M. D. Anderson's Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology.”

Research on Cancer Producing Enzyme Earns Prestigious Award
“A study on a primary lung cancer-causing enzyme and an enzyme that stops its activity has been awarded the prestigious Murry Friedman Surgical Resident Competition Award by the Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.”

Desperate Housewives Star "Fighting Mad" About Recurring Lung Cancer
“Such sad news: Funky and cranky-hilarious Kathryn Joosten, who plays Desperate Housewives' meddling Mrs. McClusky on the hit diva soap, is again fighting lung cancer. The 69-year-old star—many TV fans know her best as the president's secretary, Mrs. Landingham, from The West Wing—is "fighting mad," she says.”

Week Ending September 12, 2009

Cancer Patients Have Options After Chemotherapy Plus Radiotherapy Treatment
“According to a study published in The Lancet (2009 Aug 1;374[9687]:379-386), concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy can help treat stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) regardless of whether a patient undergoes surgery.”

Taking the Fight to Lung Cancer
Researchers create test to help detect disease early in patients

“There are 25 people, including 16 scientists, working inside a building just north of Kansas Highway 10 in this town of about 6,000 people. It may be a small group in a small town, but their plans are big and could potentially save millions of lives.”

Donations to Cancer Institute Hit $1b
Dana-Farber reaches goal early

“A Dana-Farber Cancer Institute fund-raising campaign has hit the $1 billion mark a year earlier than expected - despite the ragged economy - setting what is believed to be a record for New England health care institutions.”

Mayo Docs Identify Gene for Lung Cancer Growth
“Scientists at Mayo Clinic Florida said Tuesday they have found the abnormal gene responsible for lung cancer development. Their research, which appears in the Oct. 1 issue of Cancer Research, indicates that PKCiota, an oncogene that cancer cells use to grow, is necessary for the proliferation of lung cancer stem cells.”

Lung Cancer Pill May Return
“Four years after the government severely restricted its use, the lung cancer drug Iressa may be poised to make a comeback: A study concludes it can slow the deadly disease better than standard chemotherapy in certain patients.”

Basil Dealerships Multiply Support of Lung Cancer Research With Two “Evenings on the Lot”
BUFFALO – “The Basil Family of Dealerships will clear their lots twice this fall as they host two evenings of fun and entertainment to benefit the Stacey Scott Lung Cancer Registry at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.”

City Woman on Front Lines in Lung Cancer Fight
Former smoker prods others to quit

“Barb Desjarlais, of Binghamton, is living on borrowed time. Doctors estimated six months before stage-four lung cancer did her in, she says. That was three years ago, and she's still kicking -- and kicking hard at society's complacency toward the disease.”

Week Ending September 5, 2009

Why Does Lung Cancer Occur in Non-Smokers?
“While cigarette smoking is an undisputed cause of lung cancer, not all cases of lung cancer occur in smokers or former smokers. Gani Fawehinmi, who is reportedly a non-smoker, died of lung cancer on September 5, 2009. Although not every non-smoker suffering from lung cancer will have an identifiable risk factor for development of the disease, a number of conditions and circumstances have been identified that will increase a non-smoker’s chance of developing lung cancer.”

Hawaii Volunteers Are Involved in Study to See if Screening Can Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths
“A seven-year national study including 2,400 Hawaii volunteers is expected to tell researchers next year whether screening can reduce lung cancer deaths.Dr. Peter Balkin, radiologist at the Pacific Health Research Institute, is shown here with one of 2,400 Hawaii volunteers in a national lung cancer screening study. He is a co-leader of the study with Dr. Lance Yokochi. The findings could result in broader insurance coverage for such tests.”

Nobel winner to lead ASU health effort
'01 laureate picked to lead Biodesign center to focus on early cancer detection, diagnosis

“Arizona State University has recruited Nobel Prize winner Leland "Lee" Hartwell to lead a new university-research center that will focus on early detection of cancer and other diseases.”

Peptide Stops Lung Tumor Growth in Mice
“U.S. medical scientists say they have developed a treatment that is effective in blocking the growth of lung cancer tumors in mice.”

Blood Thinner May Prevent Chemo-Related Clots
(HealthDay News) - “Cancer patients who receive chemotherapy are more likely to develop blood clots than other people, but now a new study says a blood-thinning drug could cut the risk in half.”

MethylGene Initiates Phase II Program for MGCD265 in Solid Tumors and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients
“MethylGene Inc. announced it has initiated its Phase II program (Trial 103) evaluating MGCD265, the Company's multi-targeted (c-Met) kinase inhibitor, in combination with approved anticancer agents Tarceva(R) (erlotinib, developed by Genentech Inc. - a wholly owned member of the Roche Group, OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc., Roche Group and Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.) and docetaxel. The trial will initially enroll patients with advanced metastatic malignancies, followed by patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have had no prior treatment with either Tarceva or docetaxel. Both Tarceva and docetaxel are therapeutics approved as single agents for use in NSCLC.”

Erbitux Looks for Narrower Lung-Cancer Use
“Germany's Merck KGaA hasn't given up on Erbitux for lung cancer. It's sifting clinical data to identify patient subgroups that benefit most from the treatment, the company's pharma chief told Reuters, in hopes of getting the OK for at least some use against lung cancer.”

New Lung Cancer Procedure Allows Quick Recovery
“Bryan White runs far. He runs for hours. Sometimes the 59-year-old starts at sunrise and finishes when the sun sets. "I've been an exerciser in an exercise program for at least 15 years," he said. But his running came to a halt last spring. After recovering from pneumonia, a chest X-ray revealed a slow-growing tumor in his right lung.”

Large-scale Screening for EGFR Mutations Can Improve Outcomes in Lung Cancer
“Researchers from Spain have reported that large-scale screening for epidermal growth factor receptor mutations in lung cancer is feasible and allows for customization of treatment with Tarceva® (erlotinib), thereby improving outcomes, according to the results of a study published early online in the New England Journal of Medicine on August 18, 2009.[1]”

Week Ending August 30, 2009

Jury Awards Punitive Damages to Smoker's Daughter
“A jury on Monday recommended that cigarette maker Philip Morris USA should pay $13.8 million in punitive damages to the daughter of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. The panel voted 9-3 in favor of Bullock's daughter Jodie Bullock, who is now the plaintiff in the case. Betty Bullock died of lung cancer in February 2003.”

Capital Regional Medical Center Steps Up the Fight Against Lung Cancer
“Capital Regional Medical Center has stepped up the fight against lung cancer by acquiring the inReach™ state-of-the-art equipment by super Dimension. Previously residents of Tallahassee area were required to seek treatment elsewhere. In addition, Capital Regional has also acquired endobronchial ultrasound or EBUS, as a complimentary technology for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of respiratory ailments including lung cancer.”

Stigma of Lung Cancer Stymies Research Funds
Little if any revenue from two bills that target tobacco with taxes will go toward detection or cure.

“Two bills making their way through the Legislature have the support of many Californians as a legitimate way to help ease the state's budget crisis while also discouraging smoking. One would raise the tobacco tax by $1.50 a pack, and the other would increase it by $2.10.”

Genetic Screening Helps Get Target Drugs to Lung Cancer Patients
“During the last decade there has been an explosion of knowledge about what cancer is and how it can be treated. As a result, scientists have developed new drugs known as targeted molecular therapies designed to zero in on the mechanisms that supply blood to tumors and promote their growth and division, which spares healthy tissue,”

Strides For Life 5K Racers Reach Finish Line For Lung Cancer Cure
“At the fourth annual Strides For Life 5K Run/Walk, The Lung Cancer Research Foundation raised more than $350,000 for its research grant program. The 1,000-plus competitors could attest that, quite appropriately, their lungs were put to good use on their tour of Southampton on a sweltering Sunday morning.”

Abbott, Pfizer in Pact for Lung Cancer Screening
(Reuters) – “Two big drug companies -- Abbott Laboratories and Pfizer Inc. said on Thursday they were teaming up to match a genetic test for lung cancer with a new type of drug to treat it. The idea is to focus the treatment on patients most likely to benefit.”

Lung Cancer Research May Lead To Early Detection Reporting
“He's a former college football star, track runner, and all-around sports enthusiast. He never smoked a day in his life, yet he still found himself battling lung cancer. Now, there's research being done in North Texas to find out why non-smokers are getting the disease.”

Week Ending August 24, 2009

Hispanic Cancer Rates Rise After Immigration to the United States
“Researchers from the University of Miami have reported that cancer rates in Hispanics tend to rise after they immigrate to the United States, perhaps by as much as 40%. The details of this study were published in the August 2009 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.”

PMI Labs Signs LungSign(TM) Agreement With University of Chile for Regional Lung Cancer Screening Program
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – “PMI Labs (Perceptronix Medical Inc. Laboratories) and University of Chile Faculty of Medicine announce the signing of an agreement focused on implementing PMI Labs' proprietary quantitative cytology approach of analyzing sputum specimens to complement a lung cancer screening program for high risk individuals in Santiago and in the northern part of Chile (Metropolitan and Antofagasta Regions).”

IsoRay Announces FDA Clearance Supporting Enhanced Loading and Delivery Methods for the Treatment of Lung, Head and Neck, and Other Tumors
“IsoRay, Inc. (Amex:ISR) announced today that it has received clearance from the FDA for its Premarket Notification, [510(k)] for Proxcelan™ Cesium-131 Brachytherapy Seeds enabling the company to preload Cesium-131 into flexible braided strands and surgical mesh. This FDA clearance allows IsoRay to market Cesium-131 seeds for use in the treatment of cancers well beyond the current prostate market.”

Lung Cancer Patients Sought for Drug Trial that Targets Recurrence
“Joliet Oncology/Hematology Associates is recruiting patients with early stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) for a clinical trial to evaluate the potential benefit of adding a medication to the standard treatment of surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy.”

Physical Activity Benefits Lung Cancer Survivors
“Just like my kids, I need reminders, and I had a good one as I sipped my morning coffee. Browsing this week’s Physician’s Weekly, Dr. Elliot Coups pinned that proverbial note on my shirt, as he shared how health care professionals need to address exercise with lung cancer survivors.”

KU Professor Receives Additional $300,000 for Lung Cancer Research
“Emily Scott, a Kansas University assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, has received more than $300,000 in federal stimulus dollars to pursue her lung cancer research.”

Tests Help Lung Cancer Drugs Reach Right Patients
“A drug, called tarceva, works better in patients who were screened for a particular gene mutation. Patients with this mutation live longer than those without the mutation.”

Talking Often, and Calmly, About Dying
“This past week, as end-of-life care discussions joined the political conversation, I thought a lot about a patient I’ll call John. John was the son of Polish immigrants and a man still grieving over the death of his lifelong partner a few years earlier. Over the course of caring for him, I heard about his wife, her final gift of a gold crucifix necklace so heavy his head seemed bent down in permanent supplication, and his regret over not having died first to help his bride adjust to life “beyond those Pearly Gates.””

Bay Woman Taking on Sharks
South Africa – “Leni White says that after surviving lung cancer she can take on anything, even sharks. She has battled lung cancer for the past two years, but now Nelson Mandela Bay businesswoman Leni White is preparing dive with sharks to highlight cancer awareness in November.”

Week Ending August 16, 2009

Former MSU Professor, Developer of Anti-Cancer Drug Dies at Age 82
“Former MSU professor Barnett Rosenberg, developer of cisplatin, the world's most widely used and effective anti-cancer drug, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009. Cisplatin is highly effective in fighting a number of cancers, including testicular, ovarian and lung.”

Remy’s Woes Befall Many after Cancer
Depression can hit as survivors adjust

“When the bodacious voice of the Red Sox, Jerry Remy, disclosed this week that a wave of depression had swallowed him up in the months after lung cancer surgery, it was a story that rang with sad familiarity to psychologists like Karen Fasciano.”

Advances in Lung Cancer Research Announced
“U.S. scientists have announced two significant advances in lung cancer research. Dr. Glen Weiss of the Translational Genomics Research Institute made both announcements last week in San Francisco during the 13th World Conference on Lung Cancer.”

Endocyte Reports Positive Cancer Study Results
“Endocyte Inc. today announced positive results from the second phase of clinical studies on a potent drug to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.”

Wyeth's HRT Drug Increases Risk of Death From Lung Cancer
“Women who take the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drug Prempro not only increase their risk of breast cancer, but their risk of death from lung cancer as well, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Medical Center at the University of California-Los Angeles and presented at a meeting of the American Society of Oncology.”

Women and Lung Cancer
“About 70,880 American women will die from lung cancer this year. Lung cancer kills more women than cancers of the breast, uterus and ovaries combined. If you're a woman who smokes, your chances of dying from lung cancer are 20 times greater than if you don't smoke. Studies show that women get lung cancer earlier and with less exposure to smoke than men. In fact, two-thirds of nonsmokers with lung cancer are women.”

Chemotherapy For Lung Cancer Enhances Quality-Adjusted Survival
(Reuters Health) – “Even with its toxic effects, adjuvant chemotherapy improves quality-adjusted survival in patients with non-small-cell-lung cancer, according to a report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology for August 10.”

Mediterranean-Style Diet Good for Health, Studies Show
“Mediterranean-style diets -- ones rich in fruits, vegetables, olive and canola oils, nuts, red wine and fish and low in red meat and saturated fats -- have been linked in population studies to many potential health benefits.”

Strides for Life
Rosanna Scotto is Mistress of Ceremonies

“The fourth annual Strides for Life fundraising race will take place at 9.00 a.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2009 in Southampton, New York. The 3-mile fun run/walk around scenic Lake Agawam is the largest annual fundraising race for Lung Cancer on Long Island and the signature event of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF), which funds innovative lung cancer research grants at leading cancer centers across the country.”

Man Awarded $1.9 Million for Wife's Lung Cancer Death
“She smoked two packs of Marlboros a day every day from age 16 to her death in her 70s, from lung cancer, natch. So was Shirley Barbanell or Philip Morris USA responsible for her habit... and the eventual grief of her husband, Leon Barbanell? A jury of six deliberated in Florida for about a day and delivered the culpability in percentages and dollar figures. Philip Morris is 36.5% to blame; Shirley retains 63.5% of the fault. But as for Leon, he's above reproach for his wife's self-destructive oral fixation.”

Week Ending August 9, 2009

Alcohol Consumption Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
“If you’d like to increase your risk of getting an array of cancers, a new study suggests you should hit the bottle. Canadian researchers compared the drinking habits of 3,064 Montreal men who developed 13 kinds of cancer with the tendencies of 507 age-matched controls who were cancer-free. They found that consumption of beer, wine and spirits boosted the odds of developing many kinds of cancer. The association held up even after controlling for age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, diet and smoking history.”

Drug Heals Lung Damage in Ex-Smokers
“Iloprost, a drug routinely used to treat pulmonary hypertension -- high blood pressure in the lungs -- can heal the lungs of ex-smokers, but provides no benefit to those who continue to smoke, Colorado researchers reported today at a San Francisco meeting of the International Assn. for the Study of Lung Cancer.”

Boehringer to Start New Phase III Study of Tovok
(Reuters) – “Boehringer Ingelheim is starting a new Phase III trial of its lung-cancer drug Tovok to show the pill works in patients whose tumours have undergone a certain gene mutation, the company said on Monday.”

Blood Test May Diagnose Lung Cancer, Company Says
(Reuters) – “A blood test that detects nine compounds in blood may offer a safe way to diagnose early cases of lung cancer, Celera Corporation reported on Tuesday.”

Biomoda Study Will Screen 500 New Mexico Veterans for Lung Cancer
“Biomoda, Inc., the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech) appeared before the State Legislature's Interim Tobacco Settlement Committee to report that 500 New Mexico veterans have committed to participate in a state-funded program for the detection of early-stage lung cancer based on Biomoda's proprietary technology.”

Early Detection Study Saves Canning Man from Cancer
New methods found fast-growing lung tumour before it became deadly in long-time smoker “Arthur Smith says his decision to take part in a national cancer study last year saved his life. Doctors using new detection methods scanned the 65-year-old Canning man for early-stage lung cancer. They found it.”

New Tumour Staging System for Lung Cancer Released: Presented at WCLC
“The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) has published the first major revision of the TNM staging system for lung and pleural tumours since 1987.”

Breakthrough Drug 'Melts Away' Lung Cancer
“A breakthrough drug treatment may stop a form of non-small cell lung cancer in its tracks, according to the University of Colorado Cancer Center. While the drug doesn’t actually cure the disease, it turns a certain death sentence into a chronic but manageable condition.”

Who’s to Blame for a Missed Diagnosis?
“When an early stage cancer is missed or a serious illness is wrongly diagnosed, many of us blame our doctors. But in the latest Doctor and Patient column, Dr. Pauline Chen explores the role that both doctors and patients play in diagnostic failures. She writes about a patient she once treated who ignored a breast tumor.”

Hispanics Who Move to U.S. Face Higher Cancer Rates
“Hispanics who move to the United States are 40 percent more likely to develop certain cancers than those who remain in their native countries, according to a study from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine that was conducted in Florida, a state with a diverse Hispanic population.”

Fourth Annual Strides For Life Race Fights Lung Cancer
Southampton – “The fourth annual "Strides for Life" fundraising race will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, in Southampton. The three-mile fun run/walk around scenic Lake Agawam is the cornerstone event of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF), which funds innovative lung cancer research grants at leading cancer centers across the country.”

Week Ending August 3, 2009

Novel technique to track cancer's response to drugs
“Sydney (IANS): A novel imaging technique is telling researchers whether a lung cancer patient is responding to treatment. Trials with five patients revealed that some tumours responded quickly to treatment while others continued to grow. A larger trial is now underway with 20 patients.”

Multimodality approaches suitable for stage III non-small cell lung cancer
“NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research suggests that radiotherapy plus chemotherapy with or without surgical resection are suitable treatment options for patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). "On the basis of the findings of our study, patients should be counseled about the risks and potential benefits of definitive chemotherapy plus radiotherapy with and without a surgical resection (preferably by lobectomy)," Dr. Kathy S. Albain, from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Illinois, and colleagues conclude.”

Thalidomide not linked to better lung cancer survival
Thrombotic events more likely in small cell lung cancer patients taking thalidomide than placebo
“(HealthDay News) -- Treatment with thalidomide in combination with chemotherapy in patients with small cell lung cancer was not associated with improved survival, but was associated with a higher risk of thrombotic events, according to research published online July 16 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”

Lung Cancer News: Number One Cancer Killer Gets Its Walk
National Foundation Raises Awareness For Number One Cancer Killer
“SAN FRANCISCO (Hollywood Today/RPRN) 7/27/2009–On August 2nd the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is sponsoring a 5k walk/run in the Golden Gate Park of San Francisco. The first of its kind for lung cancer in San Francisco, the Addario Foundation will be chalking up another success towards raising awareness and funds for what the American Cancer Society tells us is the deadliest of all cancers.”

Early medical menopause raises lung cancer risk in women
“Younger women who have medically induced menopause may double their risk of lung cancer, especially if they have their ovaries removed, according to a study by Canadian researchers. The early and sudden loss of estrogen or the potential long-term use of HRT could cause the increased risk, but additional research is needed, a study co-author said. Yahoo! (07/24)”

Molecule plays early role in nonsmoking lung cancer
“(HealthNewsDigest.com) - COLUMBUS, Ohio – The cause of lung cancer in never-smokers is poorly understood, but a study led by investigators at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the National Cancer Institute has identified a molecule believed to play an early and important role in its development. The findings, published online recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may lead to improved therapy for lung cancer in both never-smokers and smokers, including those with tumors resistant to targeted drugs such as gefitinib.”

New lung cancer treatment approach raises hopes and debate
“A number of clinical trials have tried and failed to improve survival in patients who have advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by extending the duration of their initial treatment. The premise behind the approach, often called maintenance therapy, is simple: In patients whose tumors regress following their initial treatment, give the cancer another kick while it's down, rather than waiting for it to regain steam before delivering further therapy.”

Alimta becomes first maintenance agent for advanced lung cancer
“The FDA has approved another indication for Alimta (pemetrexed), making it the first maintenance drug therapy for advanced or metastatic lung cancer. Alimta came on the market in 2004 for the treatment of patients with mesothelioma. It was later cleared for patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease worsened on prior chemotherapy drugs, and also as an initial therapy for advanced NSCLC.”

Special report: Researchers tackle cancer's complex inequities
“In many ways, Patricia Johnson and Augustus Vincent Jr. couldn't be more different. Vincent lives in Metro Detroit. Johnson lives nearly 400 miles away in Newberry, a bucolic community in the state's Upper Peninsula. She is a retired first-grade teacher. He worked on the line at a General Motors plant for 30 years. She immediately pursued breast cancer treatment. He delayed prostate cancer treatment for three years. She's white. He's black. What do they have in common? In addition to having cancer, each has a higher than average chance of dying from it.“

Actress speaks out about stigma of lung cancer
“To some, Kathryn Joosten is Karen McCluskey of "Desperate Housewives." To others, she's more Mrs. Landingham from "The West Wing." But to others, the Emmy-winning actress is a lung cancer survivor. In 2001, Joosten, a former smoker, underwent surgery to have the cancer removed. The surgery was successful, and now in addition to acting, she spends much of her time speaking about lung cancer.”

Living Green Marketplace Announces the Cancer Care Wellness Box to bring comfort to cancer patients during medical treatment
“SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Living Green Marketplace, (www.LivingGreenMarketplace.com) an online marketplace offering healthy, sustainable and green products for the home and body, today announced the Cancer Care Wellness Box. Living Green Marketplace will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the box to cancer organizations.”

AstraZeneca submits new drug applications for ZACTIMA(TM) in second-line advanced non-small cell lung cancer
“WILMINGTON, Del., July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AstraZeneca today announced the company has submitted a New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Marketing Authorisation Application to the European Medicines Agency for an investigational drug, vandetanib 100 mg for use in combination with chemotherapy for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer in patients previously treated with one prior anti-cancer therapy. The U.S. and European submissions are supported by data from Phase III clinical studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of vandetanib 100 mg in combination with chemotherapy. Pending approval, the treatment will be marketed as ZACTIMA(TM).”

Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute Announces Diagnostic Screening and Clinical Research Collaborations With Response Genetics, Inc.
“SAN FRANCISCO, July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) today announced the execution of a letter of intent (LOI) to collaborate with Response Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: RGDX) on molecular diagnostic testing and banking of advanced-stage Lung Cancer tissues.”

Intense daily exercise slashes lung cancer mortality in men
“Part of today’s headline is old news. Exercise lowers the risk of lung cancer in men. But I’m one of those practical people that want more than a generality. Exactly what should men be doing to lower their risk? How intense should they work out, for how long, and what kinds of activities? A new study is the first to give me the hands on information I have wanted to share.
Researchers in Finland looked at a group of over 2500 middle-aged men over time, and ranked their exercise intensity alongside their chance of dying from cancer. The men who exercised more intensely were much less likely to die from lung cancer, and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.”

Lung Cancer Alliance launches online 'Early Interventions Resource Center'
A Comprehensive Web Guide on Lung Cancer at its Earliest, Most Treatable Stages
“WASHINGTON, July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), the only national organization dedicated exclusively to patient support and advocacy for those living with or at risk for lung cancer, announced the launch of its new online Early Interventions Resource Center, a web enhancement that provides one-of-a-kind, comprehensive information on lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages. The Early Interventions Resource Center provides information on lung cancer risk, early detection, surgical treatments and upcoming research.”

Who needs to be in the hospital?
“A woman in her early 50s came to my emergency department because she had been short of breath on and off for two weeks, and had coughed up a bit of blood. A doctor at a local health center had prescribed an inhaler and antibiotics for bronchitis. When that didn't help, she came to the hospital.
I ordered a battery of tests, and when I saw her chest X-ray, my heart dropped. There was a large, round spot in her lung. The radiologist told me he was concerned it was cancer. I broke the news to her and her family. Through tears, she told me she needed to be admitted to the hospital so she could see a cancer specialist. She looked well, was able to walk, and had a normal oxygen level -- in other words, she did not show the signs of a patient who needed to be urgently hospitalized. But I admitted her anyway.”

Lung cancer patients respond to Erlotinib following Cetuximab therapy, study suggests
“ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2009) — Non-small cell lung cancer patients who have progressed on a cetuximab-containing regimen may respond to erlotinib, Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers reported at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. Both cetuximab (Erbitux) and erlotinib (Tarceva) inhibit the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and the assumption has been that once a patient progresses on one EGFR inhibitor they will not respond to another EGFR inhibitor. The new data suggests that may not be the case.”

Supplements may help cancer survival
“A new study from Norway suggests that taking supplements may drastically reduce risk of death from lung cancer and possibly others as well. The study shows that people with lung cancer who used cod liver oil were 44 percent less likely to die from the disease while patients who used other supplements were 30 percent less likely to die from the disease compared to those who did not take supplements. "This study has shown that in lung cancer patients taking dietary supplements before diagnosis was associated with better survival. Whether this is due to beneficial effects of supplements, or differences between supplement users and non-users cannot be determined," Guri Skeie from the University of Tromso and colleagues reported in the International Journal of Cancer.”

Advanced targeted therapies effective as first-line treatment for lung cancer
Novel therapies reduce toxicity, improve outcomes
“SAN FRANCISCO, August 1, 2009 — The world's top lung cancer specialists, medical professionals and researchers are convening this week in San Francisco, CA for the 13th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC), organized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). According to a series of studies presented today at the WCLC, targeted therapies, as first-line treatment, have the potential to slow cancer growth and improve patient outcomes. Unlike traditional chemotherapy-based treatments, which destroy cancerous and non-cancerous cells alike, targeted therapies are designed to inhibit only cancer cell replication and tumor growth and are generally well tolerated by patients.”

ImmunoGen (IMGN) announces positive data for IMGN901 in lung cancer
“After the close Friday, ImmunoGen, Inc. announced the presentation of encouraging initial efficacy, safety and tolerability clinical data with its IMGN901 product candidate in the treatment of small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). In two early-stage clinical trials that enrolled patients whose SCLC had recurred following treatment with standard chemotherapies, IMGN901 administration achieved notable tumor shrinkage and/or sustained stable disease. The compound also demonstrated encouraging activity against other CD56-expressing (CD56+) solid tumors.”

Now, a 3D cell-imaging platform for early detection of lung cancer in sputum
“Washington, August 3 (ANI): American scientists have developed an automated three-dimensional cell-imaging platform aimed at detection of lung cancer in sputum. The Lung Cell Evaluation Device (LuCED), jointly developed by experts from VisionGate, Inc. and the University of Washington, can detect pre-cancerous and cancerous cells in sputum. In a study, the researchers assessed a large number of normal cells and cancer cells using the new device. They have revealed that LuCED automatically produces 3D cell volumetric data, allowing for the measurement of 3D cellular features that correlate with abnormal conditions.”

Professor finds link in cancer, chemical
Manganese seems to play good and bad roles
“The amount of manganese in the environment could be a factor in local and state cancer rates. A recent study by a Wake Forest University School of Medicine researcher has found that, like cholesterol, there may be a good kind -- airborne -- and a bad kind -- groundwater -- of exposure to the chemical element. Manganese is considered essential for good health in trace amounts but toxic at higher exposures. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, existing scientific information cannot determine whether excess manganese can cause cancer.”

Smokers with wrinkles at higher risk of lung cancer
“Researchers, led by Bipen Patel at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, studied 149 current and former smokers in the age group of 45 to 70 from 78 families. They found that middle-aged smokers with heavily lined faces have a five times higher risk of lung disease than their un-wrinkled peers, reported the online edition of BBC News.”

July

Week Ending July 26, 2009

Considering Longer Chemotherapy
“The newest prognosis for cancer may be longer chemotherapy. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies are moving toward treating cancer patients with drugs continuously, even when they may not urgently need them. That would be a departure from the common practice of stopping treatment when the cancer is under control and resuming it only if the cancer worsens.”

$2 million Grant Aids Study of Lung Cancer in People Who Never Smoke
“Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center are among an elite group of cancer scientists to share a $2 million grant to find biomarkers for lung cancer that develops in people who have never smoked.”

Moffitt Cancer Center Scientists Get $5 Million in Funding
“Thirteen scientists at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute received nearly $5 million in Florida grants to support cancer research.”

Sirnaomics Receives NCI Grant to Develop siRNA-Based Lung Cancer Rx
“Sirnaomics this week announced that it has received a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop novel siRNA-based therapeutics for lung cancer.”

SLU Compares Two Treatments for Lung Cancer
“St. Louis University researchers are comparing two standard treatments for lung cancer — one that uses surgery to remove the tumor and another that delivers high, focused doses of radiation with a robot.”

Does HPV Cause Lung Cancer as Well as Cervical Cancer
“Does HPV (human papilloma virus) – the virus we know to be responsible for most cases of cervical cancer – cause lung cancer? As many of us grow weary of the controversy over the HPV vaccine, we now have another variable thrown into the expanding equation. According to the authors of a study published in the journal Lung Cancer, HPV may even be the 2nd most important cause of lung cancer after smoking.”

UN Report Pinpoints Cancer Risk from Radon in Homes
(Reuters) – “New studies have found direct evidence of a lung cancer risk from the presence of colourless, odourless radon gas in many homes, a United Nations committee said in a report released on Tuesday. Officials on the U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) said the finding provided the first quantifiable evidence of the risk in homes from radon, long seen as a potential health risk.”

Tobacco Companies and Marijuana Proponents Compared
“Hopefully, one learns from previous mistakes. The parallels between then and now, are not easily dismissed. Recently, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment declared that marijuana smoke causes cancer. Whether that call came from a statistical evaluation or hard science, we should be able to extrapolate from tobacco’s history how big a mistake adding another toxic drug to those already legal would cost society.”

Doctors Test Virus That Attacks Lung Cancer
“Doctors hope it could be a cure for lung cancer and it's all starting just a state away. They're using a virus to attack cancer cells. Doctors at Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital are testing a treatment to fight lung cancer by giving the patient a virus.”

Lung Cancer Alliance Announces First 'Request For Bids' for Department of Defense Lung Cancer Research Program 'Concept Awards'
“Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) announced that the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) is allotting approximately $1.2 million of the $20 million lung cancer research appropriation established last year to fund "Concept Award" applications.”

Week Ending July 19 2009

Abbott and Glaxo to Work on Cancer Antigen Test
“GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Abbott Laboratories said Monday they will work together to develop a test that focuses on an antigen found in many types of cancer. Abbott said it will create a molecular diagnostic test to screen for non-small cell lung cancer tumors expressing the an antigen called MAGE-A3.”

Can a Blood Sample Determine if You Have Lung Cancer?
“While the early detection methods for cancer seems to be lagging behind treatment advances, the drive to find noninvasive methods to screen for all cancer types is gaining ground and the immune system may be the key.”

Oncolytics Biotech(R) Inc. Announces Publication of Research on Synergistic Activity of Reovirus and Chemotherapy in NSCLC
CALGARY – “Oncolytics Biotech Inc. reported today that Dr. Shizuko Sei et al. published the results of their work examining reovirus and chemotherapy against human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The paper, entitled "Synergistic Antitumor Activity of Oncolytic Reovirus and Chemotherapeutic Agents in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells" appears online in the July 14, 2009 issue of Molecular Cancer.”

Upregulated MicroRNA-21 Linked to Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers
(Reuters Health) – “New research suggests that increased expression of microRNA (MiR)-21 plays an important role in the pathogenesis of lung cancer in never smokers. The results indicate that the activated epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling pathway further enhances MiR-21 expression, according to a study published in the July 13th Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Week Ending July 12, 2009

Lung Cancer Test Trying to Find Deadly Cancer Early
“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women and perhaps the most preventable type of cancer. Dr. Moulay Meziane is leading a study at the Cleveland Clinic trying to determine if CAD -- computer-assisted detection -- can find lung cancer before it's visible to the human eye.” http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/news_article.aspx?storyid=117549&catid=3

New Data from Phase III SATURN Study Showed Tarceva Improved Overall Survival When Used Immediately After Initial Chemotherapy in Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
“OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Genentech, Inc. today announced that SATURN, a pivotal Phase III study of Tarceva® (erlotinib), met a key secondary endpoint of extending overall survival in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who received Tarceva immediately after initial chemotherapy. A statistically significant improvement in overall survival was seen in this pre-planned final analysis of the total patient population. The new data will be presented during the 13th World Conference on Lung Cancer to be held July 31 to August 4, 2009 in San Francisco.”

Week Ending July 5, 2009

Hartford Hospital Doctors Among First in State to Utilize New Lung Cancer Detection and Staging Technology
“Hartford Hospital is one of only two medical facilities in the state utilizing a new technology that allows for minimally-invasive detection of lung cancer and assessment of its various stages. The endobronchial ultrasound system makes biopsies safer, and offers a less invasive alternative to mediastinoscopy – the surgical removal of lymph nodes for testing.”

The V Foundation for Cancer Research Names 2009 Grant Recipients
“The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the leading fundraiser organization for cancer research, announced today that they have awarded the 2009 V Designated Grants. These grants were given to exemplary researchers across the United States, allowing them to initiate experiments and transform basic scientific discoveries into clinical applications such as new diagnostics and treatments. The contribution of funding to these research initiatives continuously brings science steps closer to eradicating this horrible disease.”

Non-Smokers Are Also at Risk for Lung Cancer
“Cancer is a collection of diseases caused by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of the body's own cells. Cancers are classified and treated according to the tissue that is involved. As the name shows, lung cancer is an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of lung cells. The lungs are made of different kinds of cells, so the approach to lung cancer may vary from person to person.”

Launch of Targeted Agents and Increased Use of Maintenance Therapy Will Drive the Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Drug Market to Nearly Triple to Almost $10 Billion in 2018
“Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that the launch of targeted agents as well as increased use of existing agents in the maintenance setting will drive the non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) drug market to nearly triple from $3.5 billion in 2008 to almost $10 billion in 2018 in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan.”

Europe Approves AstraZeneca Lung Cancer Drug
(Reuters) – “AstraZeneca's once-daily cancer pill Iressa has been approved for certain lung cancer patients in Europe, reviving the fortunes of a product that had until recently been largely written off by industry analysts.”

Researchers Find Clear Difference in Quality, Type of Lung Cancer Info Available in US and Japan
Aurora, COLO. – “A study published in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology revealed that internet-based lung cancer information was of a higher quality in the United States (US) than in Japan. Dr. Yasushi Goto of the National Cancer Center Hospital in Tokyo and his team of researchers from both the US and Japan evaluated 150 Web sites and determined noticeable differences in the quality and type of information on lung cancer available over the internet in the two countries.”

Smokers Seem to Benefit from Web-based Gene Tests for Lung Cancer
“Smokers who used online genetic tests to assess their susceptibility to lung cancer say the results of such tests are relevant, significant and trustworthy, U.S. researchers found. "This pilot study found no harm in undergoing these tests and underscores the importance of conducting future research as to how to best educate smokers about gene-environment risks," said an official at a cancer center in New York City.”

Lung Cancer Alliance Praises Congresswoman Donna Christensen for Introduction of Legislation to Correct Healthcare Disparities
“Sweeping legislation to correct long-standing disparities in health care treatment and outcomes also includes the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Program, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) President & CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose announced today.”

Research Reveals What Drives Lung Cancer's Spread
“A new study by researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) reveals the genetic underpinnings of what causes lung cancer to quickly metastasize, or spread, to the brain and the bone – the two most prominent sites of lung cancer relapse. The study will be published online in the journal Cell on July 2.”

June

Week Ending June 28, 2009

Equality and Better Treatment Sought for Lung Cancer Victims
“As an emergency physician, Dr. Michael Weitz battles illnesses to save the lives of others. In his own personal fight with lung cancer, he is battling the stigma that his disease carries.”

Medical: Doctors Not Always Forthcoming with Test Results, Prognosis
“Does your doctor tell you everything? Or should you assume, after medical tests, that no news is good news? A new study suggests that may not be the case. It found that doctors and their staffs fail to tell patients about abnormal results on tests 1 out of 14 times, on average, and in some medical groups, 1 in 4 times.”

ALK Inhibitor Has Dramatic Results in Lung Cancer Patients
“About one in 20 lung cancer patients has a previously unsuspected molecular change in their tumor that is driving their cancer: a breakpoint in the tumor's chromosomes called an ALK fusion protein. This molecular change has now been matched to a new oral drug called an ALK inhibitor, which is having dramatic results in the patients who have taken it in clinical trials so far.”

Global Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Therapeutics Market to Reach $13.3 Billion by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts
“GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Lung Cancer Therapeutics market. World market for non-small cell lung cancer therapeutics is expected to reach $13.3 billion by 2015 fueled by rising incidence of lung cancer, improved understanding of non-small cell lung cancer, and the development of new treatments targeted at growth factor pathways.”

Tobacco Industry Experts Weigh in On the New Law
Industry insiders and academics offer personal, professional insights on the law.

“He is an agricultural economist at North Carolina State University and provides economic analysis and educational programming for tobacco and peanut producers. Brown has worked with the tobacco industry and health advocates to understand factors that affect the demand for tobacco products.”

Psychiatric symptoms may be first indication of cancer
(Reuters Health) – “New research suggests that for some patients with cancer, especially brain tumors and small-cell-lung cancer, the first manifestation is a psychiatric symptom.”

Did Toxic Chemical in Iraq Sicken GIs?
“Larry Roberta's every breath is a painful reminder of his time in Iraq. He can't walk a block without gasping for air. His chest hurts, his migraines sometimes persist for days and he needs pills to help him sleep. James Gentry came home with rashes, ear troubles and a shortness of breath. Later, things got much worse: He developed lung cancer.”

Week Ending June 21, 2009

Research Study Will Compare Two Treatments for Lung Cancer
Saint Louis University Is the Only Local Research Site to Participate In the Phase III Trial

“Saint Louis University researchers are participating in a clinical trial comparing two standard treatments for early-stage NSCLC (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer), the most common form of lung cancer.”

Cancer Crusade, Broadway Style
Danielle Shaker of Woodbury, left, with headliner Lucie Arnaz
at the Broadway in the Hills fund-raising event last Sunday in Woodbury.

WOODBURY- “Helping save lives by funding cancer research was the serious cause behind a festive, cabaret-style affair last Sunday afternoon where the guests embodied an important message: when life is so rich, there are only poor excuses for not helping ensure that no one is deprived of each day's joys.”

Lung Cancer Patient Takes Aggressive Tack
Responds to new therapy, comes to grips with outlook

“As a lung cancer patient, Ann Dudurich is both typical and rare. The 49-year-old Unity woman never smoked, and that puts her in the fastest growing group of lung cancer patients in the nation. About 15 percent of people with lung cancer have never used tobacco, and women make up two-thirds of that group.”

Marijuana and cancer? Yes? No!
From the AP June 19, 2009: “Marijuana smoke has joined tobacco smoke and hundreds of other chemicals on a list of substances California regulators say cause cancer. The listing only applies to marijuana smoke, not the plant itself. “The state agency found marijuana smoke contains 33 of the same harmful chemicals as tobacco smoke. The findings came from a review of more than 30 scientific papers.”

Through the Storm: Behind a Radioman's Silent Battle with Cancer
“After his father died from a blood clot at age 59, Vermonter Bill Corbeil helped direct an annual golf tournament for his dad's favorite charity, the cancer-fighting Jimmy Fund. He didn't foresee how his efforts would hit home. From 1994 to 2007, the June event raised a total of nearly $170,000. Then last summer, Corbeil received shocking news: Just months away from his 40th birthday, the Brattleboro native learned he had life-threatening lung cancer.”

Week Ending June 14, 2009

Health Organizations Cheer Senate Vote on Tobacco Control
Legislation to let FDA regulate tobacco manufacturing and marketing called long overdue

(HealthDay News) – “The U.S. Senate's historic vote late Thursday to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration control over tobacco products brought cheers from health organizations across the country.”

Omahan John Atkinson Loses Battle With Lung Cancer
“John Atkinson, who gained national publicity in a celebrity US Open golf contest, passed away at his Omaha home on Thursday June 11, 2009 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Atkinson was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007 at the age 38. He was a non-smoker.”

Singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin Dead of Lung Cancer
“Kenny Rankin, a brilliant pop vocalist and highly regarded musician-songwriter whose stylings ranged from jazz to pop to the world music influences he picked up as a child in New York, has died of complications related to lung cancer, his record company announced Monday. He was 69.”

US Hospital Starts Genetic Testing For All Cancer Patients
“Gene testing is becoming a significant tool in standard medical care and perhaps most importantly in the search for the perfect drug to target a particular type of cancer.”

Over 400 Vets Enroll in Biomoda Lung Cancer Screening Program
“More than 400 New Mexico veterans have volunteered to participate in a screening program for the early detection of lung cancer based on a non-invasive diagnostic tool developed by Biomoda, Inc. and trademarked under the name CyPath(tm).”

Radiation for small cell lung cancer: options, techniques, latest research
As outcomes for SCLC remain poor, oncologists and radiation oncologists weigh in on radiation treatment techniques.

“In the late 1970s researchers widely considered small cell lung cancer a potentially “curable” cancer. Three decades later physicians are still battling the disease, which accounts for about 20% of newly diagnosed lung cancer cases."

Week Ending June 07, 2009

Doctors Consider New Approach for Advanced Lung Cancer
“Some doctors are changing the way they treat lung cancer, the most lethal type of cancer for both men and women, after new studies added to the concept of giving certain drugs continuously to battle the disease in hopes of prolonging lives without the side-effects of initial treatment with chemotherapy.”

Possible HRT Link to Lung Cancer Death
Researchers Uncover Association Between Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy and Lung Cancer Death “In what may be another nail in the coffin of combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT), researchers said the menopause treatment is linked to an increased risk of dying of lung cancer.”

1 in 8 with Lung Cancer Show Asbestos Exposure, Study Finds
“Pleural plaques, or a thickening of lung membranes due to asbestos exposure, were found in one in eight lung cancer patients, according to medical research papers jointly released Monday by 12 medical institutions in Japan.”

New Lung Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise
“48-year-old Charlie Harb has stage four lung cancer, a tough disease to beat. So after chemo helped stabilize the tumor, he entered a study of a new vaccine, hoping to stop the tumor from growing again. "So far so good," says Charlie. "I guess we'll find out at the, in two months, the scans, if everything is stable or shrinking, then we'll continue with the vaccine."”

Bayer Tests Nexavar Against Lung Cancer in Phase III
(Reuters) – “Bayer and Onyx Pharmaceuticals have started a late-stage trial testing its drug hopeful Nexavar on lung tumours in a fresh attempt to get the treatment approved against the most common cancer form.”

Zactima™ Shows Promise Against Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer
CancerConsultants.com – “According to the results of a Phase III clinical trial presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), addition of the investigational targeted therapy Zactima™ (vandetanib) to chemotherapy with Taxotere® (docetaxel) delayed cancer progression among patients with previously treated, advanced non–small cell lung cancer.”

Heaviest Smokers Face Greatest Risk of Death After Lung Cancer Diagnosis
“It’s common knowledge that smoking raises risks of lung cancer. And yet researchers haven’t known whether continued smoking by lung cancer patients would increase the risk of the cancer’s spread. Researchers at West Virginia University – studying the relationship between death rates from lung cancer and how much a person smoked – have found that smoking intensity in fact predicts how the disease will progress.”

Alton Memorial and Doctors Named in Lung Cancer Case
“A man has filed suit on behalf of his deceased wife against Alton Memorial Hospital, Midwest Radiological Associates, Fairview Heights Medical Group and three doctors, alleging his wife died after the defendants failed to timely diagnose her with lung cancer.”

Cancer Victim Leaves $1 Million Lottery Surprise to Widow
“The lottery ticket was stashed among the documents, bills, receipts, medical records and papers atop the bedroom dresser that served as her husband’s desk during the last months of his life.
When lung cancer claimed Mike Bernath in October 2006, Mary Ann Bernath gave the ticket little heed. She had a husband to bury. Children and grandchildren to console. And she needed time to grieve.”

May

Week Ending May 31, 2009

Rep. Holliman has Lung Surgery
“State Rep. Hugh Holliman, the chief sponsor of a newly enacted law that will ban smoking in bars and restaurants, had surgery yesterday to remove part of his right lung. Holliman, D-Davidson, is a two-time survivor of lung cancer who believes his disease was caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. He is the majority leader in the N.C. House and is a vocal advocate for smoking restrictions, including the statewide ban that Gov. Bev Perdue signed into law last week.”

Lynn Relay Celebrates Triumph Over Tragedy
“As she takes her first lap around Red Rock Park on June 5, Janet Rowe first will remember her late father who lost his life to lung cancer. And then she will think of cancer survivors like her friend Kathy Carritte.”

Tarceva Helps Slow Lung Cancer Progression: Study
(Reuters) – “The combination of cancer drugs Tarceva and Avastin delayed the worsening of advanced lung cancer following chemotherapy longer than Avastin alone, according to results from a clinical trial.”

Lilly Drug Helps Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer
(Reuters) – “The use of Eli Lilly and Co's Alimta following successful chemotherapy treatment helped patients with advanced lung cancer live significantly longer, according to data released on Saturday.”

Cancer Meeting Brings Avastin Data, Lung Cancer Insights
“Thousands of cancer doctors - and a good number of investors - will converge in Orlando this weekend to discuss the latest developments in cancer treatment, and the impacts on drug makers like Roche Holding, Eli Lilly & Co. and OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc.”

Local Hospitals Get Millions From Cancer Special Reporting
“Two local hospitals are getting a huge financial boost in the battle against cancer. They're getting $30 million from the network's "Stand Up To Cancer" special. The television networks, ABC, NBC and CBS have announced that five so-called "dream teams" of cancer researchers across the country will be getting a total of $73 million raised by the TV special. Two of those dream teams have researchers based right here in Boston.”

With Metastatic Lung Cancer Hospice is an Underused Gift
“Hospice can be a tremendous gift for those with metastatic lung cancer and their loved ones, but a new study suggests that many people are not even offered the package. Something that saddened me deeply, having generously received what hospice has to offer caregivers and their loved ones more than once.”

Hormone Pills May Make Lung Cancer More Deadly
“Doctors are reporting a new potential danger for women taking hormones for menopause symptoms: The pills may make lung cancer more deadly.”

Falling U.S. Cancer Rate Saves 650,000 Lives: Report
(Reuters) – “A steady 15-year decline in the U.S. death rate from cancer translates to about 650,000 lives over that time, the American Cancer Society said on Wednesday.”

LCA Hails US Court of Appeals Decision to Affirm Lower Court Ruling Tobacco Companies Guilty of Massive Fraud and Deception
“Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) hailed the US Court of Appeals' decision on Friday upholding the 2006 ruling that found tobacco companies guilty of fraud and lying about the dangers and addictiveness of smoking.”

Doctors in New Hampshire Now Treating Cancer with Non-Invasive Image-Guided Radiosurgery Using Novalis Tx(TM) Technology
“Surgeons told Donald Bickford, 71, that due to the weakened condition of his lungs, ordinary surgery was not an option for removing his lung tumor. To treat the tumor, Arul Mahadevan, MD, radiation oncologist at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital here, prescribed a type of non-invasive radiosurgery using the Novalis Tx(TM) platform from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) and BrainLAB.”

Activated Stem Cells In Damaged Lungs Could Be First Step Toward Cancer
ScienceDaily – “Stem cells that respond after a severe injury in the lungs of mice may be a source of rapidly dividing cells that lead to lung cancer, according to a team of American and British researchers.”

Lung Cancer Study to Be Done in Cleveland
“University Hospitals Case Medical Center is currently enrolling patients in a clinical study for a new lung cancer vaccine. Patients who have Phase III inoperable non-small cell lung cancer may qualify to take part in the study.”

Week Ending May 24, 2009

Woman's Strength of Faith Helps Her Survive Lung Cancer
Given six months to live, cancer disappeared

Most women don’t look forward to their 40th birthday. Kiers Rowley, 39, from Independence can’t wait for hers. “I’m happy to turn 40,” she said. “I’m happy to have gotten this far.”

In Brief: Cancer kills Nat King Cole daughter
“The sister of US singer Natalie Cole, actress Carol Cole, has died aged 64. She died of lung cancer on the day Natalie received a kidney transplant. The sisters were daughters of the legendary Nat King Cole, who also died of lung cancer.”

Advocate Says Smoking Tops All Other Causes of Death
Arkansas official warns about new Swedish tobacco product

“Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. But many do not realize the worldwide implications that tobacco has on health care and human rights, said Dr. Carolyn Dresler, the director for the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.”

Hope for Lung Cancer Patients
Delivering a precise beam of cancer-killing radiation to a lung tumor is hampered by the movement of lung tissue during breathing. Oncologists know that if a tumor is not completely destroyed, the remaining cancerous cells can metastasize and form tumors in other tissues.

Mom's Death Sparks Son on Anti-Cancer Crusade
“Charles (CJ) Pullara knows what it's like to lose a parent, and he wants to make sure no other children have to experience the loss he felt. Since his mother died of lung cancer in November, the plucky seventh-grader has been a tireless crusader, raising money and awareness to fight the disease.”

Women May Be at Higher Risk Than Men for Developing Lung Cancer
“A recent controlled study out of Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital and University of Bergen, Norway has uncovered a potential gender risk to certain diseases of the lung. Women suffered more severe problems at a younger age.”

Cancer "Culprits" in Tobacco Smoke Revealed
(Reuters) – “Scientists have detected two substances in tobacco smoke that directly cause lung cancer, and they said on Sunday the finding may help one day predict which smokers will develop the disease.”

AstraZeneca's 'Miracle Pill' Returns
“A costly misstep leads company to a new strategy of pursuing genetically targeted treatments for subsets of diseases. When AstraZeneca got U.S. clearance to sell the lung cancer-fighting pill Iressa in May 2003, it seemed to be a victory for patients and the company. Chief Executive Tom McKillop predicted the pill would become a "megabrand" with sales of more than $1 billion.”

Season May Not Alter Cancer Survival in Short Term
(Reuters Health) – “Some studies have found that patients with certain cancers seem to survive longer when they're diagnosed during summer and autumn months, but it now appears that this may be largely due to higher death rates in general during winter months, report UK researchers from King's College London.”

Week Ending May 17, 2009

Lung Cancer Patient is Rare 'Super Survivor'
“Advanced stage lung cancer will kill nearly 200,000 people this year. It's considered one of the most deadly cancers because doctors don't have a good way to detect it early and the drugs used to treat it haven't been very successful. That's why lung cancer has a median survival rate of only 4-6 months.”

Bayer's Nexavar Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Study
(Reuters) – “Bayer's cancer drug hopeful Nexavar showed promise as a lung-cancer treatment in a Phase II study, the ASCO association of U.S. oncologists said on its Website on Friday. The authors of the Phase II study, which will be presented in detail at ASCO's annual meeting at the end of this month, concluded that the combination of Nexavar and Roche's (ROG.VX) approved lung cancer drug Tarceva "is safe and has clinically significant anti-tumour activity."”

OSI Says Tarceva Met Goals in Lung Cancer Trial
“OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Roche's cancer pill Tarceva met its main goals in a clinical trial, as the drug stopped the spread of lung cancer longer than a placebo, OSI said late Thursday. In the late stage study, OSI said patients who were treated with Tarceva lived 41 percent longer before the spread of their cancers resumed.”

Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Reduce Lung Cancer Risk
“Commonly used cholesterol lowering drugs - called statins - may also protect against lung cancer and complications of smoker's lung, according to a review of over 90 scientific papers by researchers from The University of Auckland and Auckland City Hospital.”

Smokers in 60s Who Kick Habit Still Reduce Cancer Risk
“Smokers who quit later in life still have time to reduce their lung cancer risk, a top expert said yesterday. It is never too late to stop smoking -- even for those who wait until they are in their 60s to kick the habit, an international cancer conference in Dublin was told.”

Novel Blood Biomarker Improves Accuracy of Lung Cancer Prediction Model
(Reuters Health) – “Using a new approach to detect tumor-associated plasma proteins, Canadian researchers have discovered a novel biomarker that may improve the diagnosis of lung cancer in the preclinical stage.”

Lung Cancer Survivors Have Unmet Needs
“We know that many lung cancer survivors have unmet needs. Cancer can be very lonely, and the stigma of lung cancer only worsens that feeling. Thankfully, a recent study looking at these unmet needs gives us some direction -- so we can address these needs for our loved ones with lung cancer. I was not surprised at all, that a lack of energy and tiredness was ranked as the most common unmet need. Cancer fatigue is something only those living with cancer can truly comprehend. But some needs, such as a desire to know more about exercising with cancer, are less obvious.”

New Studies Target Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
“Government and private sector cancer scientists have launched a research partnership to find biomarkers for lung cancer that develops in people who have never smoked. The research studies are designed to create a better understanding of the biology of lung cancer and to develop a test to detect early-stage lung cancer in lifetime nonsmokers.”

Week Ending May 10, 2009

Adamonis is Persevering
“Appearing in his first Players Championship and acknowledging the day before he wasn't confident in his game, Brad Adamonis had lots of reasons to dread his walk around the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. It's tough, intimidating, and packed with pressure, with danger lurking everywhere.”

'I'm Overwhelmed By Support,' Remy Says President Of Red Sox Nation Recovering From Cancer Surgery
“Remy, 56, told NewsCenter 5's Bianca de la Garza that he has been reading and watching news coverage of his illness. When asked if he realized how much people loved him, he said, "Not this much."”

Jim Axel, a voice from TV’s ‘era of quality,’ fighting cancer
“Jim Axel spent 34 years sporting a red tie and delivering the news on WAGA-TV. Then he retired and moved to Venice, Fla., in 1998 after his wife, Millie, said she liked the area so much during a visit the year before.”

McKeon/Cryan Legislation to Establish ‘Lung Cancer Research Fund’ Advances
“Legislation Assemblymen John McKeon and Joseph Cryansponsored to establish the New Jersey Lung Cancer Research Fund and allow voluntary contributions to the fund by taxpayers on state gross income tax returns was released today by an Assembly panel.”

Smoking Packs a Tougher Wallop for Women
Research suggests greater female susceptibility to carcinogens

(HealthDay News) – “Women may be more vulnerable than men to cancer-causing ingredients in cigarettes, according to a new study.”

Doctor Sounds Alarm Ahead of Tobacco Vote
“For three decades, Dr. David M. Burns has written and edited some of the seminal work on tobacco science and the hazards of modern cigarettes: surgeon general’s reports, National Cancer Institute monographs,World Health Organization studies.”

City-Dwellers Have Higher Risk of Late-Stage Cancer Than Rural Residents
“People who live in urban areas are more likely to develop late-stage cancer than those who live in suburban and rural areas. That is the conclusion of a new study published in the June 15, 2009 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study's results indicate a need for more effective urban-based cancer screening and awareness programs.”

Concurrent Chemoradiation Lengthens Lung Cancer Survival
(Reuters Health) – “Concurrent chemoradiation is associated with the longest survival in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer(NSCLC), according to US and Chinese researchers.”

Exercise May Benefit Lung Cancer Patients
“Exercise, which plays an important role in both primary and secondary prevention of cancer, may be beneficial to lung cancer patients, U.S.researchers say.”

Lung Cancer Screening Impacts Survival
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – “A new examination of patients who underwent lung cancer resection surgery shows the type of screening used to detect cancer may impact a patient's survival rate.”

Week Ending May 3, 2009

Lung Cancer Research Bill Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives: Companion to Senate Mortality Reduction Bill
“Lung Cancer Alliance announced that a comprehensive lung cancer research funding bill targeting lung cancer's high mortality rate was introduced with bipartisan support todayin the U.S. House of Representatives today.”

Get Your Nails Done Today,Help New Charity
“I was maybe a little surprised to find myself with Kim Norris the other afternoon. Not that thePalos Verdes Estates resident isn't a delightful person to talk to. It's just that we were discussing the miraculously fast take-off of her fledgling Lung Cancer Foundation of America.”

Cancer Survivors Gather for Picnic
“There were blue skies and sunshine today as cancer survivors spent the day enjoying each other during the fifth annual Waiting for a Cure cancer survivors picnic at Forrest General Hospital’s Cancer Center.“Each year it gets bigger and bigger,” organizer and foundation creator Dawn Gillis said.’”

Cardens Are Proof Early Cancer Detection Works
“Barbara and Marion Carden are not strangers to the DeSoto County area. They have been married for 42 years and have lived in Hernando for 38 years.”

Wanted: Cancer Study Participants
SACRAMENTO, CA – “The American Cancer Society is signing up recruits at the State Capitol on Wednesday for its latest cancer study, which will examine environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors that may cause cancer, but also prevent the disease.”

TIP30 Inhibits Lung Cancer Metastasis, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (May 1, 2009) — “Researchers in Shanghai, China suggest that TIP30 prevents metastatic progression of lung cancer.”

Potential Lung Disease Biomarkers Yield Clues To COX-2 Inhibitor Side Effects
(ScienceDaily) - “In searching for a simple way to identify individuals with smoking-related lung injury, scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College have stumbled upon a potential explanation for why the class of pain-relievers known as COX-2 inhibitors increases the risk of heart problems among users.”

Computer-Aided System Increases Detection of Early-Stage Lung Cancer
(Reuters Health) – “An updated computer-aided detection(CAD) system may help diagnose lung cancer at earlier stages, potentially increasing patient survival several-fold, according to a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society 2009 Annual Meeting in Boston.”

Dietary Acrylamide Link to Lung Cancer Studied
Probable carcinogen found in heat-treated foods may affect men and women differently (HealthDay News) – “Higher intake of dietary acrylamide, a probable carcinogen found in heat-treated foods, may be associated with a lower risk of lung cancer in women, according to research published online April 28 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”

Women More Vulnerable To Tobacco Carcinogens, New Results Show
(ScienceDaily) – “Women may be more vulnerable than men to the cancer-causing effects of smoking tobacco, according to new results reported this week at the European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology (EMCTO), Lugano, Switzerland.”

Researchers ID Distinct Genetics in Never-Smokers' Lung Cancer"
(GenomeWeb News) – “A microRNA called miR-21 is often over-expressed in lung cancer tumors from never-smokers, suggesting these patients may eventually benefit from treatments targeting the miRNA or other components of the same pathway.”

Cancer Patients Deserve Faster Access to Life-Saving Drugs
Companies should be able to promote all uses of their drugs that are reliably shown to be effective.

“As President Barack Obama's new Food and Drug Administration team of Margaret Hamburg and Joshua Sharfstein take the reins, they must decide what to do with off-label uses of FDA-approved drugs. Right now these drugs provide immense life-saving opportunities for many sick patients, particularly those threatened by cancer. The FDA and Congress should protect physicians' and patients' right to off-label uses -- and for the first time allow drug makers to promote off-label uses that prove beneficial.”

Cetuximab May Improve Survival in Advanced Lung Cancer
(HealthDay News) - “Patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer treated with chemotherapy and cetuximab (Erbitux) survived significantly longer than patients treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a multinational study reported in the May 2 issue of The Lancet.”

April

Week Ending April 26 2009

Lung Cancer: Issues and Statistics
“LUNG CANCER kills twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. There's no proven screening test for lifesaving early detection, and the cancer doesn't respond to hormonal treatments that can be used to thwart breast and prostate cancer. Although the number of new cases is no longer on the rise (in men, the numbers actually have dropped some), it's still the most deadly cancer. Last year, it claimed an estimated 161,840 lives in the U.S.”

Lung Cancer and Tobacco Use Hurts Wis. Minorities
MADISON – “State health officials say a new report shows some racial and ethnic groups are more at risk for lung cancer than others, and tobacco is largely to blame.”

Drug Proves Promising Against Pancreatic Cancer
“A team of researchers at Cancer Research Technology says that a new drug that targets PKD in tumors has demonstrated a promising ability to target pancreatic and lung cancer.”

Health Promoted During Cancer Awareness Week
“April 19-25 is Minority Cancer Awareness Week and, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, lung cancer is the leading killer in the state, with certain racial and ethnic groups being more at risk than others.”

New Mo. Lawsuit Says Tannery Sludge Caused Tumors
“A lawsuit filed with environmental activist Erin Brockovich's help accuses a tannery of contaminating northwest Missouri farm land and causing a rash of brain tumors in the Cameron area.”

Scottsdale Healthcare Study Helps Target Cancer Treatment
“A study at Scottsdale Healthcare has found that analyzing a person's genetic makeup to find the right chemotherapy cocktail can increase survival rates.”

Roche and Astra Face Tussle Over Lung Cancer Pills
(Reuters) – “Roche Holding AG is to test if its Tarceva lung cancer pill works better in some patients with mutant genes, paving the way for a battle with AstraZeneca Plc's rival drug, Iressa, in Europe.”

Lung Cancer Is the Topic of Mini Medical School Session Set Tuesday
TERRE HAUTE — ““Losing the breath of life: Lung Cancer,” the final presentation in the 14th annual Mini Medical School series, will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education. All sessions in the series are free and open to the public; however, reservations are suggested due to limited seating.”

Fighting a Deadly Killer
“A man who had the lower lobe of his left lung removed to save his life wonders if you know which month is lung cancer awareness month in Cornwall. The retired construction heavyweight who battled lung cancer two years ago is not only looking to up the profile of lungs in the public consciousness to the level of colons, breasts and prostates, but also to remove the tarnish that smokers have left on the disease.“

Week Ending April 19, 2009

Single Clone Source Seen with Multifocal Lung Cancers
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - "The results of a new study suggest that most multifocal lung cancers share a common clonal origin and, thus, the individual tumors represent local intrapulmonary metastases."

Test May Determine Smokers' Lung Cancer Risk
"A new urine test appears to distinguish which smokers are likely to get lung cancer and which are not, by detecting whether smokers have a particular chemical in their urine that's been linked to lung cancer."

Specific Lung Cancer Susceptibility Gene Identified
ScienceDaily (Apr. 16, 2009) - "University of Cincinnati (UC) cancer cell biologists have identified a distinct gene linked to increased lung cancer susceptibility and development. They say this gene-known as RGS17-could result in a genetic predisposition to develop lung cancer for people with a strong family history of the disease."

Week Ending April 12, 2009

Encouraging Results Published on Use of TomoTherapySM in Lung Cancer Treatment
‘TomoTherapy Incorporated (NASDAQ: TOMO) today cited recently published encouraging preliminary results of an ongoing Phase I clinical trial on the use of intensity-modulated (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) focusing on the concept of accelerated hypofractionation to overcome tumor repopulation, one of the well-known mechanisms of radiation resistance, using TomoTherapySM for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”

Robot Redefining Early Lung Cancer Treatment
Lung cancer is a very difficult disease. It has taken may lives -- most recently Drexel University president Constantine Papadakis.”

Lung Ventilation Protocol Minimizes Injury During Lung Cancer Surgery
(Reuters Health) – “A revised lung ventilation approach reduces the chances of acute lung injury in patients undergoing resection for lung cancer, Swiss researchers report in a March 24th on-line publication in Critical Care.”

NSAIDs May Decrease Risk of Lung Cancer
“The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be associated with a small reduced risk of lung cancer, according to the results of a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.1”

High-Dose Radiation Improves Lung Cancer Survival, U-M Study Finds
“Higher doses of radiation combined with chemotherapy improve survival in patients with stage III lung cancer, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

Small-Cell Lung Cancer Drug Market Will More Than Double to Over $684 Million in 2017
“Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that the small-cell lung cancer drug market will more than double from just under $250 million in 2007 to more than $684 million in 2017, owing to the launches of Genentech/Roche/Chugai's Avastin and Celgene's amrubicin (currently marketed in Japan as Calsed by Nippon Kayaku) to treat the indication.”

Drug Approved for Most Common Lung Cancer
“Health Canada has approved the use of a costly drug alongside chemotherapy for people with a type of lung cancer. Avastin (bevacizumab) works by restricting the growth of blood vessels that supply tumours with nutrients and oxygen.”

Blacks Less Likely to Get Optimal Lung Cancer Treatment
(HealthDay News) “Black patients with lung cancer are less likely than white patients to receive recommended chemotherapy and surgery, a new study finds.”

Lung Cancer and Smoking Cessation
“Lung cancer has long been associated with smoking, patients suffering from the disease often report blame and stigmatization whether they smoked or not, and many myths are associated with smoking, reported Janine K. Cataldo, PhD, APRN, BC, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.”

Prometheus and Rosetta Genomics Announce License and Collaboration Agreement
“Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company, and Rosetta Genomics Ltd., an innovative molecular diagnostic company, today announced the execution of a license and collaboration agreement under which Rosetta shall grant Prometheus U.S. rights to three recently introduced, microRNA-based cancer diagnostic tests: miRview(TM) mets, miRview(TM) squamous and miRview(TM) meso.”

St. Francis Opens New Lung Cancer Clinic
“St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is accepting patients at its new multidisciplinary clinic. The Lung Cancer Center in Indianapolis specializes in pulmonology, thoracic surgery and medical and radiation oncology. The goal of the clinic is to streamline the procedure for evaluating patients with suspicious exam results or symptoms.”

Game, Set and Match: Courts for a Cure Tennis Tournament Raises Lung Cancer Awareness
“Last year’s Courts for the Cure fundraiser was a smashing success and this year, event staff are looking forward to another fun-filled tournament in May. In honor of Sarah Farmer, a Plano mother of three who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and died in January 2008, the Courts for the Cure tennis tournament will take place on May 2 at Collin College’s Spring Creek campus in Plano. The tournament benefits the National Lung Cancer Partnership (NLCP), strives to decrease lung cancer deaths and help patients live longer and healthier lives through research, awareness and advocacy.”

ABC of Lung Cancer: Reference for those Treating and Caring for Patients with Lung Cancer
“Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "ABC of Lung Cancer" to their offering.”

Cancer Fight is Personal for Brantree Relay for Life Team
“Clare Donoghue joined Team BCB for the 2006 Relay For Life, because her coworkers at Braintree Cooperative Bank were involved and it was all for a good cause: raising funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.”

Dollhouse Raffle to Benefit Cancer Research
“From the squirrel in the birdhouse on the porch to the little turkey in the oven, Melinda Bidlack's dollhouse is all about detail.”

Cigarette Tax Bill Personal to Deutch
“It was supposed to be his shining moment, an opportunity not usually afforded Democrats so relatively new to the legislature - a vote on his big bill by the all-important Senate Ways and Means Committee. But state Sen. Ted Deutch couldn't be there last week for the vote on his buck-a-pack cigarette tax because he had to attend a funeral - for his aunt who died from lung cancer caused by smoking.”

Relay For Life to Include Cancer Study Recruitment
“The Cancer Prevention Study-3 will enroll adults from across the United States to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. The goal of CPS-3 is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.”

Week Ending April 5, 2009

Radiation Therapy to Fight Lung Cancer
"A high-tech type of radiation treatment called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) has been found to be "highly effective" in treating early-stage lung cancer for patients who are not eligible for surgery."

Drexel U President Papadakis Dies, Had Lung Cancer
"Constantine Papadakis, the Drexel University president who is credited with raising the endowment, enrollment and profile of the one-time commuter school, died of complications from lung cancer. He was 63."

Young Women 'Risking Lung Cancer'
"Seventeen people are still dying from lung cancer each week in Northern Ireland despite a small improvement in survival rates for the disease."

Union World Conference On Lung Health, Cancun, 3-7 December, 2009
"The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is happy to announce the launch of the official website of the 40th Union World Conference on Lung Health, which will be held in Cancún, Mexico on 3-7 December 2009."

March

Week Ending March 22, 2009

Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Foundation Makes $15,000 Donation to Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute
“The national, virtual lung cancer institute is dedicated to accelerating the discovery, development, and delivery of new and more efficient treatment options for lung cancer patients.”

Cancer Patient Says "I Do"
“A medical treatment center was the scene of some very tender and inspirational moments on Friday. It was the day 56-year-old David Williams and 44-year-old Pamela Doodan have dreamed of... the day they would marry.”

No Single Path for Cancer Care in Elderly
“Elliot was 83 when a routine checkup that included a digital rectal exam suggested prostate cancer. A biopsy then revealed that he had an aggressive form of the disease. His doctor recommended treatment despite Elliot’s age and several existing problems, including mild cases of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, depression and angina, all of which were being treated with medication.”

Roche files Tarceva for first-line lung cancer use
(Reuters) – “Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG (ROG.VX) said on Thursday it had submitted its Tarceva drug to the European Medicines Agency for use as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer.”

Week Ending March 15, 2008

Drugs Added to Lung Cancer Treatment Guidelines: Presented at NCCN
“Several new drugs could be added to the arsenal of weapons used to combat recurrent or metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, doctors stated here at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 14th Annual Conference: Clinical Practice Guidelines & Quality Cancer Care.”

MicroRNA-Based Test Identifies Squamous Lung Cancer With 96% Sensitivity
“A microRNA-based diagnostic test can objectively identify squamous lung cancer with 96% sensitivity, according to a study released early online and appearing in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.”

When Genes Cooperate, Lung Cancer Grows and Spreads
“The combined expression of three specific genes in lung cancer tumors may predict both cancer growth and a poorer prognosis, according to a study led by researchers in the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Previous work had shown that three genes -- TTF-1, NKX2-8 and PAX9 -- were amplified in early stage lung cancer tumors," said David Hsu, MD, a medical oncologist at Duke and lead investigator on this study.”

FDA Says OK to Sicel Technologies' Updated Radiation-Measurement Device for Cancer Tumors
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light for Sicel Technologies to begin selling an updated version of a sensor that measures radiation doses delivered to cancer tumors, the Morrisville-based medical device maker announced Monday.”

Improving Survival Rates in Lung Cancer
“The 1,627 patients diagnosed with lung cancer during the years 1996-2003, who were accessioned into the cancer registry of the Hoag Cancer Center in Newport Beach, California, have a relative 5-year survival rate of 30%, while nationally the figure is only 15% per the SEER database. Has it always been twice as high? No.”

Lung Cancer Leading Cause of Cancer Death in U.S. Women
What's the leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States? The answer might surprise you, because it is lung cancer, not breast cancer. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer accounts for almost twice as many deaths as breast cancer. And while smokers are more likely to develop the disease, one in every five people with lung cancer has never touched a cigarette.

Bill Would Help Firefighters Get Lung-Cancer Benefits
“The province is moving to recognize lung cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters.”

Health Groups Launch New Effort to Increase California Tobacco Tax
“Tuesday, the state's leading voluntary health organizations introduced legislation to increase California's tobacco tax by an additional $1.50 per pack in order to reduce youth smoking, fight lung cancer and provide needed revenue to the cash-strapped state.”

Week Ending March 8, 2009

Ad Campaign Goal to Raise Lung Cancer Awareness
“Why are there no lapel ribbons for lung cancer? There simply aren't enough survivors to amass a movement. Every day, about 500 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer. The disease surpassed breast cancer in 1985 as the largest killer of women.”

Breath Test Might Be Future of Cancer Detection
“A new test new meaning to the term bad breath. With a simple puff of air, doctors can tell you if you have cancer. It's based on your "smell print."”

Is My Chemo Working? Scans May Give Faster Answer
“When Mike Stevens learned his lungs were riddled with cancer, it took only a week to start chemotherapy — but six weeks to find out if it was doing any good."You're going through all this suffering and stuff and you want to know, am I going to survive? Is this stuff working?" said Stevens, 48, of La Jolla, Calif. "Your whole life is in sort of a limbo."”

Smoking Partially Responsible for Lung Cancer Link with Lower Socioeconomic Status
“In developed countries, lung cancer incidence and mortality tend to be higher in groups with a lower socioeconomic status. Now, evidence from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study suggests that more than half of that disparity is explained by higher smoking rates.”

Marshall Scientist Wins Award for Lung Cancer Research
“A Marshall University medical scientist studying nicotine’s effect on lung cancer has won a national award of $30,000 to continue research that could help both smokers and people exposed to nicotine through second-hand smoke or products such as nicotine patches and gums.”

Gene Defect Raises Lung Cancer Risk
“A study in the United States has found that an often undetected gene defect can double the risk of contracting lung cancer.”

New Edward Hopsital Clinic Aids Lung Cancer tTeatment
“Doctors at Edward Hospital in Naperville say they will be able to expedite lung cancer treatments with a just-opened clinic.”

Nebraska Senator to Have Lung Surgery
“Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns will undergo lung surgery today "as a cautionary step after a spot was found on his left lung," according to a written statement from his office.”

'Winston Man' Became a Critic of Big Tobacco
“Alan Landers, 68, a model who posed for Winston cigarette ads in the 1960s and 1970s and later sued the tobacco industry over his health claims, died Feb. 27 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., while undergoing treatment for throat cancer.”

Woman, 84, Gets the Ride of Her Life for Birthday
“What do you get an 84-year-old lady for her birthday? That's what Carol Brown was thinking a few weeks ago. Her mother, June Pearce, was turning 84. The idea of buying and giving more stuff just didn't appeal to Brown.”

Week Ending March 1, 2009

Obama Healthcare Plan Relies on Efficiency
(Reuters) – “President Barack Obama would reform the healthcare system with a 10-year fund of $634 billion in a budget proposal he put forward on Thursday.”

Honor Student Knows All About Honor
“W. Charlotte star grows up fast, learning to care for herself, ailing mom. Jessica Freeman's story is about inspiration and determination and the power of faith.”

Redding Woman Makes Hats for Cancer Victims “At age 76, arthritis in her hands prevents Ginny Hibbard from knitting. But it hasn't stopped her from crocheting and sewing hundreds of hats for people undergoing chemotherapy treatment.”

Event for Kids urges Cancer Prevention
“'Mini Relay for Life’ encourages West Fargo sixth-graders to raise awareness of disease The sea of purple-lit paper bags glowing across the auditorium made it clear that everyone is touched by cancer. “It’s just a bad way to lose somebody,” said 11-year-old Brendan Klug, who’s uncle is battling lung cancer.”

Leading Cancer Doctor Leaving Boston for Yale
“Dr. Thomas J. Lynch, one of the nation's top lung cancer specialists, is leaving Massachusetts General Hospital to become director of the Yale Cancer Center, the New Haven hospital announced this afternoon.”

Morton Plant North Bay Campus Goes Smoke-Free
“Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is joining the Pasco County Health Department’s tobacco-free initiative and will ban tobacco use on its campus, effective July 6.”

'Voices of Lung Cancer' to be Presented to Baldacci
“Dr. Deborah Morosini, a contributing author to "Voices of Lung Cancer: The Healing Companion: Stories for Comfort, Courage and Strength," will present a copy of the book to Gov. John Baldacci on Monday.”

'Secret' Was Deadly for Montana Town Saturated in Asbestos, Prosecutors Say
“Trial begins in the case of W.R. Grace company, accused of knowingly exposing Libby, Mont., residents to asbestos. About 1,200 have sickened or died. The defense says there was no conspiracy.”

Clinical Evidence Grows in Support of CyberKnife Treatment for Intracranial and Extracranial Tumors
“Accuray Incorporated, a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, today announced highlights from the clinical and technical presentations from its 8th Annual CyberKnife Users' Meeting, which was held February 4-7, 2009, in Hollywood, Flordia.

Doctors Develop Test That May Smell Cancer
“Tiny particles — way too small for a human to see or smell — float from the mouth, through a tube and into a plastic bag. At a lab halfway across the world from Colorado, scientists will determine whether those tiny compounds have the distinct smell of lung cancer.”

Cancer Deaths Plague African-American Community
“Cancer deaths among African-Americans are declining but remain at a rate higher than for any other racial and ethnic group in the U.S., according to an American Cancer Society report, "Cancer Facts & Figures for African-Americans, 2009-2010."”

Talking With 'handful' of Big Firms on Lung Cancer Vaccine
(Reuters) – “French biotech firm Transgene has narrowed down the search for a partner for its key experimental lung cancer vaccine to fewer than five big drug companies, its chief executive said on Tuesday.”

Rogers: Secures $190,000 for UK Early Detection Cancer Research Funding
“U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the United States House of Representatives approved $190,000 for the University of Kentucky Marty Driesler Cancer Project. The funding will continue this vital UK lethal cancer detection program. The Senate will vote on this legislation next week.”

February

Week Ending February 22, 2009

Infectious Agent May Impact Lung Cancer
“A previously unknown effect of an infectious agent relevant to the prevention and/or treatment of lung cancer has been discovered by a UMDNJ research team led by Melissa Rogers, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.”

Study: Exercise May Help Those With Early-Stage Lung Cancer
“People diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer may enjoy a better quality of life if they get regular exercise.”

‘Chippers’ Smoke Less, to Fight Stress
“Roderick Jennings shares an old, unhealthy habit with America’s new president. The Lithonia resident and President Barack Obama have been casual smokers, or “chippers,” the slang term used to describe people who smoke an average of up to five cigarettes a day.”

Lung Cancer Remains No. 1 Cancer Killer
“A new campaign is underway to raise awareness for Lung Cancer—the number one cancer killer. The campaign, sponsored by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Foundation, features mounted bus ads all over San Francisco MUNI buses.”

Health Groups Slam Tobacco Marketing to Women
(HealthDay News) – “New tobacco company marketing campaigns that target women and girls are the most aggressive in more than a decade, a new report concludes.”

Smoking Bans in Restaurants, a New Attempt to Cut Smoking Rates
“Why ban smoking in restaurants and other public places? Supporters of the proposed smoking ban in restaurants say the measure would protect the general public from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and would improve the overall health, as studies have shown that reducing exposure to smoke can cut the risk of heart attacks, reduce the rates of lung cancer, emphysema and cardiovascular diseases.”

Jury Awards $8 Million to Widow in Tobacco Case
“Philip Morris USA was ordered by a Florida jury Wednesday to pay $8 million in damages to the widow of a lung cancer patient in a case that could se a standard for some 8,000 similar lawsuits in the state. The award went to Elaine Hess (far left), whose husband, Stuart, died at age 55 after decades as a chain smoker.”

Week Ending February 16, 2009

Push Is On to Tailor Cancer Care to Tumor's Genes
“The days of one-size-fits-all cancer treatment are numbered: A rush of new research is pointing the way to tailor chemotherapy and other care to what's written in your tumor's genes.”

Processed Food May Fuel Lung Tumors: Korean Study
“Common food additives known as phosphates may help lung cancer tumors grow faster, at least in mice, South Korean researchers reported on Monday.”

Regimens: Multivitamins Not Found to Reduce Risks
“Many postmenopausal women take multivitamins in the belief that they help prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer, but a large study has found that they do neither.”

OSI says Teva files for Generic Version of Tarceva
“OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday that Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make a generic version of OSI's cancer drug Tarceva.”

Tobacco Pitchman Hoping to Beat Cancer in Time for Lawsuit
“A south Florida man who once made his living selling cigarettes now hopes he lives long enough for his lawsuit against the tobacco industry to make it to trial.”

Area Man Battles Lung Cancer, High Radon Levels Discovered in Rural Spring Grove Home
“It all started back in July. I had a cough and could not get rid of it,” recalls Mark Johnson, a farmer near Spring Grove, discussing the events leading to his diagnosis with lung cancer in December. “The over-the-counter stuff didn’t work. After awhile my family said I should go and get it checked out.”

Week Ending February 8, 2009

Climb to Conquer Cancer Kick-Off Scheduled for Feb. 17
“On Tuesday, February 17th at 6:30 PM, the Climb to Conquer Cancer volunteer planning committee will host a Climb KICK-OFF at Warner Pacific College.”

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals of Tustin Study Progresses
“Preliminary data in the first stage of phase II lung cancer study shows promise for bavituximab.”

Lung Cancer Treatment for Black and Whites Unequal
“African-American elders receive less treatment for lung cancer than their white counterparts, who are getting excessive treatment. The practice is causing negative health effects for both groups.”

EUS Gives Clearer Lung Cancer Diagnostic Results
“A study found that endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) works better than traditional methods in lung cancer diagnosis, according to The Chinese University of Hong Kong which made the result public in Hong Kong Thursday.”

Doc Shares FMH Experience at National Conference
“Much of Dr. Paul Chomiak's day revolves around a $6 million machine. The CyberKnife sits behind a 12-ton door at the Frederick Memorial Healthcare System's Regional Cancer Therapy Center.”

Lebanon Firm Makes Cancer-Screening Agent
“Woomera Therapeutics Inc. has entered a strategic partnership with a West Coast company to produce an antibody for clinical trial for use in detection and treatment of breast and small-cell lung cancers.”

The Great Health Debate: Is Sunshine a Miracle Cure?
“Our bodies make vitamin D when the sun shines, and new research suggests the positive effects on health are greater than we ever guessed. But too much sun causes skin cancer. It's a dilemma provoking fierce discussion among scientists.”

Regular Physical Activity Linked to Better Quality of Life in Early-Stage Lung Cancer Survivors
“Survey led by Fox Chase Cancer Center researcher shows how moderate exercise a few times a week might improve the mental and physical health of lung cancer survivors.”

Actor James Whitmore Dies of Lung Cancer at 87
“James Whitmore, the veteran Tony- and Emmy-winning actor died Friday of lung cancer at his Malibu home at the age of 87, according to U.S. media reports Saturday.”

Week Ending February 1, 2009

Armstrong Rides into Texas Political Fight
“Lance Armstrong is taking a brief detour from his cycling comeback and getting back into Texas politics>”

No Smoking: House Bill Would Bar Lighting Up in Workplaces, Bars and Restaurants.
“When House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman filed the first bill in the N.C. General Assembly session that opened Wednesday, he likely sent shock waves through the state’s tobacco industry.”

New Organization Promotes Radon Testing
Colorado – “A man from Elizabeth wants others to know just how deadly radon gas can be. Buffalo Kaplinski lost his wife to lung cancer just two months ago. He believes the fatal diagnosis came after dangerous levels of radon gas seeped into the couples home.”

"X - Files" Director, Producer Kim Manners Dies
“Kim Manners, a prolific director and producer on Fox series "The X-Files," died January 25 of complications from lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 58.”

Novelist John Updike Latest Victim Of Lung Cancer
“Novelist John Updike is the latest victim of lung cancer. Literary fans are mourning the loss of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.”

Fayetteville Councilman Says He Has Lung Cancer
“Fayetteville City Councilman Bill Crisp, who has lung cancer, says he is upbeat about his prognosis.”

January

Week Ending January 25, 2009

Scientists and Investigators Cite Need for Radon Regulation to Prevent Lung Cancer- Call Current EPA Efforts Ineffective
“A growing chorus of experts, including scientists testifying before the President's Cancer Panel and investigators at the U.S. EPA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are urging the EPA Administrator to use regulatory authorities authorized by Congress to protect citizens from lung cancer caused by indoor radon exposure.”

Three Lung Cancer Patients Establish Advocacy Group, Face Discrimination
“Myrtle Chidester used to think she could handle anything. That was before she realized, looking back at her life, nothing bad had ever happened.”

Lung Cancer's Double Burden
Patients who smoked feel blame and shame. And nonsmokers feel stigmatized. “It took me awhile to figure out why my dad refused the free blanket in the cancer ward.”

Inositol May Prevent Lung Cancer in Cigarette Smokers
(NaturalNews) “Smoking cigarettes and reading Natural News are two very incompatible notions. But Natural News readers are people after all, and thus not totally perfect. Besides, even the most fastidious raw foodist probably knows or even loves someone who occasionally takes a puff.”

New Study Links Smoking with Cancer Deaths
Tobacco Control Could Save Lives

“The association between tobacco smoke and cancer deaths, beyond lung cancer, has been strengthened by a new study from a University of California, Davis, researcher.”

Kaiser Health Disparities Report: A Weekly Look At Race, Ethnicity and Health
“Study Looks at Survival, Racial Disparities Among Lung Cancer Patients Who Undergo Surgery”

Four More Reasons To Drink Red Wine
“The heart-healthy beverage may also keep you from developing physical disabilities or Alzheimer's Disease.”

Study: Do More to Help Patients Quit Smoking
“A survey of cancer patients being treated at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center indicates that many of the smokers did not quit the habit in light of their diagnosis and some of them were not even advised to do so by their doctors.”

Week Ending January 18, 2009

National Lung Cancer Partnership’s Scientific Executive Committee Member Receives Honor
“The National Lung Cancer Partnership congratulates Dr. Everett Vokes M.D. on his election to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).”

National Lung Cancer Partnership and LUNGevity Foundation Announce 2009 Grant Recipients
(Medical News Today) – “The 2009 winners of the National Lung Cancer Partnership/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grants are Prasad Adusumilli, M.D. and Lee Goodglick, Ph.D. The $100,000 grants will fund the scientist's research on visceral pleural invasion and the role of estrogen in lung cancer tumors, respectively.”

Study Examines Racial Disparities in Survival Among Patients Diagnosed with Lung Cancer
“Disparities in survival among black patients diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer are not seen when patients are recommended appropriate treatment, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.”

ASA404 Enters Pivotal Phase III Trial in Second-Line Lung Cancer
“Antisoma announces that 'ATTRACT-2', a phase III trial testing ASA404 as a second-line treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), is now underway. This is a single pivotal study designed to support applications to market ASA404 for lung cancer patients who have received one previous round of treatment.”

New England Journal Changes Policies
“In more fallout from publication of a lung cancer screening study, the New England Journal of Medicine has changed its procedures for disclosing potential conflicts of interests by its authors, according to The New York Times.”

Low-Cost Strategies to Maintain Health in Hard Times
Staying fit doesn't have to break the bank, experts say

(HealthDay News) -- Everyone needs to make sacrifices during hard economic times, but you don't have to shortchange your health.

South Florida Man Beats the Odds and Cancer
“A South Florida man diagnosed with lung cancer was told he had 3 months to live. Now 5 years later, Barry Kersner is all smiles and very much alive. Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, Kersner said four oncologists all told him the same thing.”

Other Voices: Michigan Lags in Protecting Workers from Smoke
“There have been a lot of letters in The Ann Arbor News over the last couple of months about the proposed Michigan workplace smoking ban, which the Michigan Legislature hasn't passed yet. Many smokers have responded in the blog to these letters, sometimes questioning whether smoking is even bad for your health. Therefore, I feel compelled to present to smokers the stark facts.”

Week Ending January 11, 2009

Hope for Lung Cancer Research Dollars in California: The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF) Applauds Landmark Legislation to Push through Funding for Lung Cancer Research in California
“Today is "a moment in history" in the battle against Lung Cancer -- the Number One Cancer Killer, thanks to California Assembly Member Tom Torlakson (D-11th District). His compassion and tireless efforts working with our Foundation, doctors, patients and researchers to get legislation fighting this killer cancer, became reality with the introduction of Assembly Bill (AB 89) in the California legislature, today.”

Inexpensive Test Can Help Prevent Lung Cancer Caused By Radon
Gov. Rendell Proclaims January 'Radon Action Month'

“Using a simple, inexpensive test to detect radon gas seeping into homes could help prevent lung cancer and save thousands of lives, Acting Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today.”

Non-Surgical Procedure to Blast Lung Cancer Reporting
“CyberKnife basically delivers pinpoint, targeted radiation to tissue at two to three times the saturation of conventional radiation in a fraction of the time. Quitting can greatly reduce your chance of getting sick, but cancer isn't completely preventable. The good news is tumors are having a harder time hiding these days with a new, non-surgical procedure.

Doctors Remove Tumors with Use of Surgical Robot
“An Akron hospital is among the first in the country using a high-tech robot to remove cancerous lobes in some patients' lungs without spreading open their chests.”

Study: Protein Helps Impede Spread of Lung Cancer
“U.S. researchers who worked on genetically engineered mice found that the PKC-zeta gene generates a protein that inhibits the activity of the Ras gene, which is known to play a role in the development of lung cancer. The scientists are conducting further studies to find a drug that will stimulate the production of PKC-zeta.”

Unusual Means of Detecting Cancer Early Show Great Promise
“The start of a new year symbolizes beginnings, resolutions and, for researchers across the country, one step closer to finishing work that could change the way we fight cancer.”

Two Key Cases Challenge Philip Morris on Early-Stage Lung Cancer Detection
“A Massachusetts federal judge sent legal questions raised by a lawsuit, which demands that cigarette maker Philip Morris USA Inc. provide early-stage lung cancer detection, to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, while a similar New York federal case awaits a decision on class certification.”

If Smoking is So Bad for You, Who Still Does It?
“It seems that studies on the dangers of smoking come out every week. Just recently, after an article appeared in the journal Pediatrics, we were introduced to the concept of third-hand smoke, the potentially toxic residue that lingers in curtains, clothing, hair, etc. after the smoke itself blows away.”

Wash. Rep. Bill Grant Dies of Lung Cancer
Rep. Bill Grant has died just one month after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

“Rep. Bill Grant has died just one month after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Grant, 71, died at a hospital in Walla Walla on Sunday, House Democratic spokeswoman Melinda McCrady said Monday.”

Former Big-League Pitcher Dave Roberts Dies at 64
“David Arthur Roberts, a left-handed pitcher who played for eight Major League teams including the 1979 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates, died of lung cancer Friday. He was 64."

Week Ending January 4, 2009

Lung Cancer Cells Activate Inflammation to Induce Metastasis
"A research team from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has identified a protein produced by cancerous lung epithelial cells that enhances metastasis by stimulating the activity of inflammatory cells.”

Test Could Offer Lung Cancer Clue
“Lung cancer patients do better if their disease is detected early Testing a lung cancer patient's blood could help doctors predict the likely success of chemotherapy treatment.”

Family Members Of Critically Ill Patients Want To Discuss Loved Ones' Uncertain Prognoses
(Medical News Today) “Critically ill patients frequently have uncertain prognoses, but their families overwhelmingly wish that physicians would address prognostic uncertainty candidly, according to a new study out of the University of San Francisco Medical Center.”

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