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Higher cost cigarettes, smoking bans advised in Kentucky lung cancer fight

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 3rd, 2014 |

The head of UK’s Markey Cancer Center says his agency supports an increase in the state cigarette tax and a statewide smoking ban as part of its effort to significantly reduce cancer deaths in the commonwealth. Dr. B. Mark Evers, the head of the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky, recommended that state […]

Blocking the signal: Brain-derived growth factor may lure lung cancer cells to migrate

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 13th, 2014 |

Ninety percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by the tumor’s spread—or metastasis—to other organs. Researchers have now discovered an approach to blocking metastasis in the most common type of lung cancer, adenocarcinoma, that could be added to chemotherapy treatments aimed at shrinking the primary tumor. Kerstin Sinkevicius, a research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, […]

Can Your Breath Tell That You Have Cancer?

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 13th, 2014 |

Walking past one of the crowded outdoor eateries in New York City on a recent summer evening, I was struck by how many young women and men were smoking as they chatted away over dinner. People were packed onto the sidewalks, blowing smoke in each others’ faces (and, unfortunately, those of the passersby). I could […]

Lung Congress to Offer Thorough Review of Latest Research Findings

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 31st, 2014 |

The 15th Annual International Lung Cancer Congress, which began today in Huntington Beach, California and will continue through Saturday, will offer an array of information presented by multidisciplinary experts—in a brand-new format. “It’s set up to be a think tank, with 200 lung cancer experts plus participants [from the audience endeavoring] to digest what was […]

Oncology hospitalist field is small, but growing

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 17th, 2014 |

Have you met an oncology hospitalist yet? If you haven’t, you probably will soon. The latest offshoot of hospital medicine aims to take all the strengths of the hospitalist movement – increased efficiency and improved quality and safety – and apply them to inpatient cancer care. While there is no typical oncology-hospitalist program, most manage […]

UCSF Medical Center Makes Best Hospital List

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 15th, 2014 |

San Francisco’s UCSF Medical Center cracked the Top 10 of a list of the country’s best hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday. The 650-bed hospital ranked 8th. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, topped the magazine’s list. The clinic led the annual rankings for the first time. Massachusetts General Hospital in […]

Twitter Hits and Impressions Double At #ASCO14

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 10th, 2014 |

Last month, oncologists were a-twitter about the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting—#ASCO14 for those conversant in Twitter parlance. According to numbers from Symplur, a U.S. firm specializing in health care social media analytics, tweets from the meeting hit 38,056 this year, greatly outstripping the 14,634 sent out at the 2013 convention. “Impressions,” a […]

VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 7th, 2014 |

The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected a request from members of Congress and veterans advocates to make brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines presumptive conditions for Gulf War veterans. Officials said they cannot prove the high rate of these illnesses among Gulf War vets are related to military service. VA officials said the number […]

Baptist Health System Creates the South Texas Lung Institute, the Region’s First Dedicated Lung Disease Treatment Program

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 4th, 2014 |

Lung cancer is responsible for more cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and pancreatic). According to the American Cancer Society, almost 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, with tobacco use being a major risk factor in the […]

In rare move, Genentech to buy breast cancer drug company for up to $1.7 billion

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 2nd, 2014 |

Genentech Inc. will buy startup Seragon Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $725 million upfront and as much as $1 billion in milestone payments — just the second acquisition by the biotech powerhouse in its 38-year history. Genentech, the South San Francisco-based North American beachhead of Swiss drug maker Roche, said late Tuesday that the acquisition of privately […]