Week Ending April 12, 2021

American Lung Association – Lung Cancer Patient Virtual Meetup is scheduled for May 11, 2021; 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT. Click here to register.

ACR, others call on nation’s largest private insurers to update lung cancer screening policies
“The American College of Radiology and other healthcare advocates are urging the nation’s top five private insurers to update their lung cancer screening coverage policies as soon as possible, the ACR said Thursday.”

A New Option for Some People With Lung Cancer: How This Immunotherapy/Chemotherapy Combo Can Increase Treatment Success
“Adding immunotherapy to chemotherapy prior to surgery for non-small cell lung cancer could help patients live longer, according to the results of a trial released at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting Saturday.”

Placing the patient at the center of lung cancer care
“Nearly seven years ago, McLeod Health made the decision to establish a screening program to detect lung cancer earlier and save lives through the use of low-dose lung CT scans.”

Nivolumab/Chemotherapy Improves PCR as Neoadjuvant Treatment of Resectable NSCLC
“Neoadjuvant nivolumab (Opdivo) added to chemotherapy lead to an improvement in pathological complete responses (pCR), compared with chemotherapy alone, as treatment of patients with resectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to data from the phase 3 CheckMate-816 trial presented at week 1 of the virtual AACR Annual Meeting 2021.”

GUEST ESSAY: Lung cancer screening can save lives
“In March, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued new lung cancer screening guidelines that double the number of individuals eligible for annual screening.”

MNT investigates: What is the role of genetic testing in lung cancer?
“Genetic testing plays an integral part in diagnosing and treating lung cancer.”

Researchers discover two new ways to treat small cell lung tumors
“Using samples of small cell lung tumors, a research team led by biologist Dr Silvia von Karstedt has discovered two new ways to induce tumor cell death. One of two subsets of tumor cells can be targeted by activating ferroptosis: iron-dependent cell death caused by oxidative stress.”

Clinton Township resident advocates for lung cancer funding, research
“CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Terita McKenzie said her mother deserved a fighting chance. Now, she’s giving her one.”