Tracking Tumors Enters a New Dimension
Four-dimensional imaging brings a live-action view to a 3D picture. A new version of this technique may help deliver higher levels of radiation to tumors while sparing healthy tissue.
Radiation Isn't a Cancer Cure
When lung cancer is metastatic, it has spread to another part of the body. When cancer is at this advanced stage, radiation can ease pain and other symptoms but not cure the disease.
Good To The Bone
When lung cancer starts to spread, it often goes to the bone. This is the site of metastasis (spread) for other cancers as well. A comparison of bone medications found one to be superior.
Never Too Late for Therapy
Older lung cancer patients who have not responded to standard chemotherapy may be reluctant to continue treatment. Later-stage drug treatment, however, can be effective. Older patients often go under-treated because of concerns that they will not be able to tolerate certain toxic therapies.
Ethnicity and Lung Cancer Risk
While you may expect to see a high number of lung cancer cases among smokers, people who have never smoked also get the disease. Asian women, especially, seem to be at risk.
When to Talk About The End
One of the stark and sad realities of cancer is that not everybody beats it. Knowing that the end could be near and talking about it may be a wise choice for some.
Dual Methods Sharpen Cancer Diagnosis
Lung lesions found through X-rays or CT scans may be a sign of cancer. While a bronchoscopy can give doctors a better picture, an additional gene test can help rule out cancer. Combining these tests appears to be a winning combination.
Screening Can Stop a Killer
More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. CT scanning, however, can spot cancer in its earliest stages, so patients can get treatment to help wipe out the disease.
Is Cancer Diagnosis Just a Breath Away?
Many people have small growths of tissue in their lungs called nodules. While most are harmless, they can be cancerous. A new breath test may provide a simple means of diagnosis.
Quit Smoking to Save Your Life
In case you haven't heard, smoking is bad for your health. The evidence keeps piling up that smoking can kill you. The good news is that quitting means a longer life.