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‘I’ve licked cancer, I may run for president’ – Santiago

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 27th, 2014 |

Just barely two months before announcing she had Stage 4 lung cancer, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said she has now overcome it and is now considering running for president in 2016. “I have licked cancer, and I’m actually thinking of several career optionshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png. By 2016, I will be disqualified by law to seek another term as […]

10 questions to ask your doctor after a cancer diagnosis

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 26th, 2014 |

The health care community has made remarkable strides over the past 20 years in treating cancer, but more than a million people in the United States are still diagnosed every year. As devastating as that news is, whether you have cancer or are close to someone who does, there are some basic facts to understand […]

Detecting and Treating ALK-Positive Lung Cancers

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 26th, 2014 |

Hello. This is Mark Kris, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. I want to spend a few minutes talking about the treatment of ALK-positive lung cancers and ROS1, another of the oncogene fusion-driven lung cancers. We have had some recent data come out. I think the first piece to discuss is […]

Lung cancer on the rise among women, non-smokers: guest opinion

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 23rd, 2014 |

As a medical oncologist, I treat patients battling a variety of cancers – from common types such as breast and prostate to rare cancers of the brain and bones. But of all the types of cancer I see, none causes patients as much fear and dread as lung cancer. Such distress is understandable. The disease […]

Online Screening for Rare Lung Cancer Mutation Opens Door to New Kind of Clinical Trial

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 22nd, 2014 |

In the previous few years, several breakthrough treatments have become available for key subtypes of lung cancer. Patients who may benefit from these treatments can be pre-identified by looking for defined genetic abnormalities in their cancer. For example, patients whose lung cancer is driven by rearrangement of the gene ALK derive significant benefit from the […]

Arizona Oncology nurses create hope by singing and dancing

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 19th, 2014 |

“Cancer” is a word people will do anything to avoid, especially in relation to their own health. Saying the word “cancer” can even be considered synonymous with using profanities. If it slips from your mouth, people gasp in horror. But, the nurses at Arizona Oncology are fighting against this stigma. They try to give their […]

Lung Cancer Alliance praises NCI’s new ALCHEMIST trial

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 19th, 2014 |

Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) President & CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose praised the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) new trial, launched today, that will focus on the prevention of recurrence in two specific types of lung cancers when they are caught at early stage and surgically removed. “This trial demonstrates the power of CT screening to open […]

Phoenix company set to launch early-detection lung cancer blood test

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 19th, 2014 |

Will Gartner — who developed the early-detection breast cancer and Alzheimer’s blood tests and later sold those businesses — is close to launching a new blood test for the early detection of lung cancer. His company, Global Cancer Diagnostics Inc., is finishing up its final validation study. That’s the last step before marketing the product. […]

NCI Launches Molecular Medicine Clinical Trials; Response Genetics Nabs Profiling Contract

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 18th, 2014 |

The National Cancer Institute said today it has launched new clinical trials that will use tumor sequencing and genetic markers to help determine whether therapies targeting genetic alterations can prevent lung cancer recurrence. Separately, Response Genetics said it has been awarded a “multi-million dollar” subcontract from Leidos Biomedical Research, a contractor for the NCI-sponsored Frederick […]

Some Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 15th, 2014 |

Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report. The investigators analyzed data from seven studies that included more than 25,000 people and found that chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia were linked with a greater risk of developing lung cancer. Having asthma or tuberculosis was not associated […]