Week Ending December 20, 2021

Lung Cancer in Never Smokers
“Most never smokers who develop lung cancer have tumor mutations that make them eligible for precision medicine.”

Study demonstrates decreased lung cancer deaths with early detection
“A recent, substantial decline in lung cancer deaths is associated with earlier diagnosis of lung cancer than in the past, supporting the need for increased use of screening to save lives, according to a Mount Sinai study published in JAMA Network Open in December.”

Making Cancer Medicine More Compassionate
“I am writing to you in support of my wife’s oncologist, Dr. Frederic J. Kaye, as a hero in lung cancer. My wife was diagnosed with progressive bilateral mucinous lung adenocarcinoma and was referred to Dr. Kaye at the University of Florida Health Shands Cancer Hospital in 2017.”

Blood Metabolomics May Detect Early Lung Cancer
“Blood metabolomics has potential as a screening tool for early-stage lung cancer, according to a study published online Dec. 13 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

A Physician-Scientist With a Huge Heart for Patients With Lung Cancer
“A colleague describes Dr. Nagla Abdel Karim’s exemplary compassion for patients with lung cancer and how she works hard to increase representation in cancer clinical trials.”

The Pandemic Is Leading To Missed Cancer Diagnoses, New Data Warns
“Throughout the pandemic, health care providers working in the trenches have warned of the ripple effect of COVID surges. When cases jump, hospitals that are overrun with COVID patients must put off lifesaving “elective” procedures, including cancer surgeries and heart valve replacements.”

Surgical Procedure Selection for Stage I Lung Cancer
“The research stated that although sublobar resection has become widely used for lung cancer treatment, very limited data comparing outcomes following complex segmentectomy or wedge resection is available.”

Top 5 Lung Cancer-Related Stories of 2021
“From Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals to new research developments and personal stories of hope and resilience, so much has happened in the lung cancer space in the year 2021.”

Pivotal PD-1 Treatment Helps Change Standard of Care in Lung Cancer
“Since the first information regarding single-agent PD-1 inhibitors were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Conference a decade ago, immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) have been widely used in the treatment of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”

Young mother, who has never smoked, battles lung cancer for 4th time
“HOUSTON – Ashley Stringer is known as a loving wife and mother of two. She never imagined it was lung cancer taking her breath away.”