Displaying archives for 2014 September:

Screening may detect lung cancer at its earliest stages

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 25th, 2014 |

A lung cancer screening method that is recommended for long-term smokers, whether they have quit or not, promises to detect cancer at its earliest and most curable stages. However, most insurance does not cover the cost, and participation has been limited. To raise awareness of the screening and its potential, West Penn Hospital is now… Read More

More than 600 Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators Convene in Orlando for a Weekend of Education and Networking

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 25th, 2014 |

Patient navigation is among the fastest growing profession in the healthcare field today, with the average navigator being on the job less than five years. Helping to advance this field and the education of its members is the Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+), the world’s largest professional society for oncology navigators. From… Read More

Ellen Sigal and Jeff Allen Named September LUNGevity Heroes for Lung-MAP Creation

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 23rd, 2014 |

The LUNGevity Foundation has announced that Ellen Sigal, Friends of Cancer Research Chairperson and Founder, and Executive Director Jeff Allen, PhD, were recently distinguished as the September LUNGevity Heroes for the work they have done advocating for policies to improve health outcomes and cancer care, and for being responsible for the creation of groundbreaking initiatives… Read More

Circulating tumor cell clinical research collaboration announced between EKF Diagnostics and Massachusetts General Hospital

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 23rd, 2014 |

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, announces that it has entered into a two year research collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a global leader in successfully bridging innovative science with state-of-the-art clinical medicine, to develop PointMan™ assays that can effectively detect treatable cancer mutations in blood samples. The collaboration agreement has been signed following… Read More

Lung Infections May Hamper Ability to Detect Lung Cancer

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 23rd, 2014 |

A test used to diagnose lung cancer may not be as reliable in geographic regions where certain lung infections are more common, a new analysis says. One noninvasive way of detecting lung cancer is through the use of what’s known as functional imaging. For lung cancer, a specific type of functional imaging called FDG-PET is… Read More

Reconceptualizing Health and Health Care: Why Our Cancer Care Delivery System Is In Crisis

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 23rd, 2014 |

Cancer Care System in Crisis Americans fear cancer. In a poll for MetLife, when participants were asked which major disease they feared most, 41 percent said cancer, 31 percent said Alzheimer’s disease, and small percentages of other respondents said other diseases. Not surprisingly, The National Institutes of Health has a budget allocation of $4.9 billion… Read More

Cheers to O’s for fighting lung cancer [Letter]

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 22nd, 2014 |

The Orioles have already given Baltimore much to be proud of this week by clinching the American League East division title. Not as well-known is another reason for Baltimore to be proud of this amazing organization — for the role that they are playing in the fight against lung cancer (“Reflecting on memorable scenes from… Read More

Curcumin spice linked to slowing of lung lining cancer

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 22nd, 2014 |

A new study has revealed that Asian spice Curcumin show promise in slowing the progression of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung’s lining often linked to asbestos. According to the study by scientists from Case Western Reserve University and the Georg-Speyer-Haus in Frankfurt, Germany, the spice which is a derivative of the spice turmeric and… Read More

Medical research labs pinched by falling federal funding

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 21st, 2014 |

Pittsburgh biomedical research labs that study cancer and other diseases are getting pinched as hundreds of millions of federal dollars become harder to secure. Dr. Nancy Davidson, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, recently learned that National Institutes of Health funding for specialized research centers in lung and skin cancers will drop by… Read More

Dye offers hope for removal of all traces of tumors

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 21st, 2014 |

A third of patients who undergo surgery to remove cancerous tumors end up with microscopic pieces left behind. These overlooked remnants can lead to the recurrence of cancer after what was thought to be a successful surgery. Two surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania have joined forces to try to solve this problem. Their solution:… Read More