Health News

Lung Cancer Rx Beats Chemotherapy
Lung cancer is a very complex disease. Depending on the genetic make-up of the cancer cells, lung cancer can be many different diseases. And personalized therapy treats the defective genes individuals patients have.
CT Scans for Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Finding early signs of cancer can make a huge difference in treatment and survival.
Cancer Treatment Inequalities
Does race enter the equation on who is treated and who isn't treated for cancer? According to a recent study, there are racial differences in how lung cancer is treated.
Lung Cancer Rx Better than Chemotherapy
Changes to a protein known as EGFR can result in lung cancer. The medication Tarceva (erlotinib) is one of two drugs that target EGFR as a means of treating lung cancer. The use of Tarceva has just been expanded.
FDA Approves Companion Diagnostic to Detect Gene Mutation
The US Food and Drug Administration today approved the cobas EGFR Mutation Test, a companion diagnostic for the cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib).
Better Ways to See Second Cancers
Lung cancer doesn’t go away easily. Even after surgical removal, this cancer can return. It's really important that these returning cancers be detected -  and the earlier the better.
Extending Lives of Lung Cancer Patients
Many clinicians have been debating the best way to treat advanced lung cancer. The question has been whether or not to give chemotherapy and/or radiation alone, before or after surgery.
Hookah Smoking Isn't A Safe Alternative
Hookah smoking may seem like a less harmful alternative to cigarettes. But the charcoal brick heating the hookah’s tobacco can expose a person to high levels of harmful chemicals.
Targeting HER2 in Lung Cancer
You may have heard of HER2-positive breast cancer. You may not know that this gene can also play a role in lung cancer. And anti-HER2 medications may be useful in treating the world’s most common cancer.
Quitting Smoking After Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is a known cancer-causing agent. It was banned in the United States in the 1970s, but can still be found in old insulation and other building materials. People who have been exposed to asbestos are at higher risk of respiratory diseases, including lung cancer.