Health News

SNaPshot Makes Genetic Testing a Snap
In the not too distant future, sophisticated genetic screening may be done on a routine basis in a hospital lab. And this means cancer patients increasingly will be treated with therapies that target their specific genetic needs.
Detroit is America's Lung Cancer Capital
Detroit is known as the 'Motor City,' 'Motown' or 'Hockeytown.' It may soon get another unfortunate distinction when it comes to lung cancer.
Keeping the Grim Reaper at Bay
Once lung cancer moves beyond its original site, the prognosis dims. Researchers have discovered that a specific test can be used to identify patients who will benefit from different types of therapy - a finding that offers more personalized care for advanced lung cancer patients.
Higher Does Not Mean Longer
Radiation oncologists believed that a higher dosage of radiation would extend the lives of patients with advanced lung cancer. It seemed logical, but the findings of a clinical trial don't support that logic.
New Test Detects Treatable Lung Cancer Gene
Days after receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, the Abbott ALK test for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has become available in the United States, European Union and New Zealand.
Doubling Progression-Free Survival
Being diagnosed with lung cancer usually means months of chemotherapy followed by a relapse. That outlook is changing for the better.
Slowing Advanced Lung Cancer
Advanced lung cancer offers few options for patients, unfortunately. A recent Spanish study opens new possibilities by extending the use of an established treatment drug, Alimta.
Diagnosing Smoke-Less Lung Cancer
While smokers are the largest group of people diagnosed with lung cancer, surpirsingly individuals who have never smoked tobacco make up one quarter of all victims.