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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 […]

Cancer Doctors Ring Up Big Medicare Bills for Tarnished Drug Procrit

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 19th, 2014 |

Many cancer doctors now use a drug called Procrit sparingly. It was approved in 1989 for anemia and became a popular treatment for that side effect of chemotherapy. But regulators later learned Procrit can speed tumor growth and hasten death in cancer patients. Today, use of this class of drug—best known as EPO, a substance […]

OncLive to Host “Giants of Cancer Care” Celebration Event in New York City

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 18th, 2014 |

The 2014 Giants of Cancer Care are here, and tomorrow OncLive will host a special celebration event in New York City to honor the three Big Apple-based members of this year’s class of Giants. The reception, which will feature remarks from OncLive representatives, local Giants and other industry leaders, will be held at the Sheraton […]

Medicare’s Puzzling Refusal to Cover Lung-Cancer Screening

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 17th, 2014 |

If you could save thousands of lives, would you do it? That’s the question Medicare officials are now considering—whether to approve lung-cancer screening for Medicare beneficiaries, which we estimate could save 14,000 lives each year in that group alone. Most patients are discovered with lung cancer at a stage already too late for a cure, […]

Richard Heimler Honored as June LUNGevity Hero

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 16th, 2014 |

LUNGevity Foundation announces Richard Heimler, seven-time lung cancer survivor and father of two, as the June LUNGevity Hero for his advocacy and awareness-raising. Since his diagnosis in spring 2004, Richard has jumped into action – fighting the disease for a remarkable ten years while also advocating for more funds for important, lifesaving lung cancer research. […]

‘Fault in Our Stars’ a classic tearjerker

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 15th, 2014 |

“The Fault in Our Stars” is based on a novel of the same name written by John Green, a YouTuber-turned-author. Hazel Grace Lancaster, the protagonist, is suffering from thyroid and lung cancer when she begins attending a support group for cancer patients and meets Augustus Waters, a cancer patient who has been in remission for […]

The Search for Genes That Prevent Disease

Posted by Samantha Powell on May 29th, 2014 |

What can we learn from people with genetic predispositions to a disease who never end up getting sick? The X-Men’s mutations gave them superpowers. Telepathy. Flight. Teleportation. Some scientists believe that there may be some among us who have a superpower in our genes, too—the ability, against all odds, to stay healthy. Finding these people […]

Bronchial Gene Test Rules Out Lung Cancer

Posted by Samantha Powell on May 20th, 2014 |

Date: 5/20/14 Outlet Full Name: Med Page Today Author: Crystal Phend Gene analysis of the bronchial airway could reduce unnecessary invasive testing for suspected cases of lung cancer, a study suggested. A 17-gene test for normal epithelial cells gathered on bronchoscopy boosted the ability of that procedure to rule out cancer, Duncan Whitney, PhD, […]

Liver, Pancreatic Cancers To Surpass Breast, Prostate as Leading Causes of Death

Posted by Samantha Powell on May 19th, 2014 |

Date: 5/19/14 Outlet Full Name: KETK NBC Author: No author By 2030, the top cancer killers in the United States will be lung, pancreas and liver, according to a new report published Monday in the American Association for Cancer Research’s journal. Lung cancer is already the top killer overall, but pancreatic and liver cancer […]