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Lung Cancer News Update

Week Ending January 18, 2022

You Don’t Have to Be a Smoker to Get Lung Cancer
“SATURDAY, Jan. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Think you’re safe from lung cancer because you’ve never smoked? Think again.”

Nivo-Ipi Consolidation Fails to Demonstrate Long-Term Survival Advantage Over Placebo in SCLC
“The immunotherapy combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab did not extend progression-free survival in patients with small cell lung cancer when compared with placebo.”

Gilead and Merck to trial Trodelvy-Keytruda combo for lung cancer
“The Phase III trial of Trodelvy plus Keytruda to treat metastatic NSCLC will be sponsored by Merck.”

Adjuvant Pembrolizumab Extends DFS in Stage IB-IIIA Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Interim results from the phase 3 KEYNOTE-091 show promise for the use of pembrolizumab in patients with stage IB-IIIA non–small cell lung cancer treated in the adjuvant setting.”

Young Investigators awarded $200k to study innovative new ways to engage the body’s immune system to fight lung cancer
“Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA) and the International Lung Cancer Foundation (ILCF) are excited to announce the winners of two new Young Investigator grants”

Progress on Lung Cancer Drives Overall Decline in U.S. Cancer Deaths
“WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A new report offers hope on the lung cancer front: Patients are being diagnosed at an earlier stage in their disease and living longer due to better access to care, higher screening rates and improved treatments.”

Blood Test Helps Identify Who Will Benefit From Lung Cancer Screening
“— Biomarker panel plus risk model detects 9% more cases that should be referred for screening”

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Know the Risks and Benefits of Robotic Navigational Bronchoscopy for Lung Cancer
“While robotic navigational bronchoscopy is an exciting advancement in diagnosing and staging lung cancer, the procedure does come with some risks and factors to consider, explained one expert.”

Dr. Catherine Shu Discusses a Study with Important Implications for Lung Cancer Treatment
“DocWire News spoke with Dr. Catherine Shu, a board-certified medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of thoracic cancers, specifically lung cancer, on the findings from Janssen’s CHRYSALIS-2 study, which demonstrated the efficacy of amivantamab in combination with lazertinib in the treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer.”

Hepatitis C News Update

Week Ending January 18, 2022

“Hep ElimiNATION” to Assess and Guide U.S. Efforts to End Hepatitis
“In January 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Viral Hepatitis National Strategic Plan for the United States: A Roadmap to Elimination 2021–2025, which spelled out five main goals for the next five years. So did the United States make any progress last year? How can we gauge whether we’re on track to end viral hepatitis? A new partnership between researchers and advocates titled Hep ElimiNATION aims to assess exactly that as well as offer guidance.”

Starting Hepatitis C Treatment at Time of Diagnosis Leads to High Cure Rate
“People with hepatitis C who start direct-acting antiviral treatment when and where they are diagnosed had a high likelihood of achieving a cure, according to study results presented at the 2021 AASLD Liver Meeting. By eliminating the need to navigate the medical system, this model could be a good option for marginalized populations, including people experiencing homelessness and people who inject drugs.”

Animation Aims to Educate on Hepatitis C
“Test!Treat!Cure! features infectious disease physician Dr. MarkAlain Déry and community health expert Dr. Eric Griggs in a 2Tone musical animation. The video uses the upbeat sounds of ska to educate viewers on reducing risks of liver cancer by testing for hepatitis C.”

Racial, ethnic disparities in patients with HCC reveal need to reduce barriers to care
“Among patients newly diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma, there are significant racial and ethnic differences in barriers to care, according to survey results published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.”

A minimal monitoring approach for the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection (ACTG A5360 [MINMON]): a phase 4, open-label, single-arm trial
“Despite widespread availability of direct-acting antivirals including generic formulations, limited progress has been made in the global adoption of hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. Barriers to treatment scale-up include availability and access to diagnostic and monitoring tests, health-care infrastructure, and requirement for frequent visits during treatment.”

Long-Term Prescription Opioid Use Linked to Higher Risk of Hepatitis C
“Prescription opioid use is associated with a significant risk of hepatitis C virus (HCV) seroconversion, according to new research. A team, led by James Wilton, MPH, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, assessed the link between medically dispensed long-term prescription opioid therapy for noncancer pain and HCV seroconversion among individuals who were initially injection drug use-naïve.”

Can Non-Invasive Medical Devices Help Halt Liver Disease?
“A silent liver disease epidemic is sweeping the country and the world through a rise in chronic liver diseases, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and its more severe form non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH can lead to advanced fibrosis and liver cancer, liver transplantation, and increased risk of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, while NAFLD is one of the most common causes of liver disease in the United States. Experts state that about 24% of U.S. adults have NAFLD and about 1.5% to 6.5% of U.S. adults have NASH.”

Integrating Predictive Models Into Care: Facilitating Informed Decision-Making and Communicating Equity Issues
“As predictive models proliferate, providers and decision makers require accessible information to guide their use. Preventing and combating bias must also be priorities in model development and in communication with providers and decision makers.”

My Choices News Update

Week Ending January 18, 2022

Licorice And Slippery Elm Tea Are Best For A Sore Throat
“Although you can get a cold throughout the year, most people have a higher risk of the common cold in the winter and spring months.1 One of the most common symptoms is a sore throat. The Guardian characterizes the common cold as having “the twin distinction of being both the world’s most widespread infectious disease and one of the most elusive.”2”

Eat Better to Sleep Better: The Surprising Connection (Both Positive and Negative) Between Diet and Sleep, Backed by Considerable Science
“Research shows sleep and food are inextricably intertwined: If you don’t get enough sleep, your diet suffers. And vice versa.”

How To Jump The 6 Biggest Hurdles Of New Fitness Goals
“Beginning a fitness journey is pretty easy: You invest in some workout gear, you sign up for a program or a gym, you do a workout or two. Continuing on that path is the tricky bit—but the good news is there are plenty of strategies to help you succeed.”

What to know about holy basil
“Holy basil is an herb from the basil family. It has several possible health benefits and is significant in some forms of traditional medicine.”

A Way Out of Seasonal Depression
“There is a reason why so many holidays occur during the fall and winter months. For many, these light-filled festivities serve as a symbol of hope, something to look forward to when darkening days threaten to bring a bout of seasonal depression.”

More Olive Oil May Bring Longer Life
“Folks who consume more than 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil a day are less likely to die from heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or lung disease when compared to people who consume less of this healthy fat, a new study finds.”

Scientists Work Out How Exercise Saves Your Brain
“Exercise helps you stay fit, hale and hearty, and researchers say it may also help you stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Now they have a better understanding of the hidden benefits that aid the brain.”

The benefits of Acupuncture
“Many people are turning to other ways to reduce stress in their lives. West Knox Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine offer many services to decrease pain emotionally and physically. One of which is acupuncture, a practice that has been used for thousands of years.”

The Last Word: Do You Really Need to Take 10,000 Steps a Day?
“The goal of reaching 10,000 steps per day has inspired countless movement challenges and remains the default setting on many fitness trackers. Maybe hitting that step goal, which is equivalent to about 5 miles, is part of your own wellness routine.”

What Is Integrative Therapy?
“Integrative therapy is a theoretical school of thought in the field of psychology that helps to shape the approaches some psychologists, therapists, and other mental health professionals use in practice. It is also referred to as integrative psychotherapy or psychotherapy integration.1”

Vitamin D supplements, heart health, and cancer risk
“Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which improves bone strength. Among other roles, it also contributes to the functioning of muscles, nerves, and the immune system.”

Making This Food Swap Could Lengthen Your Life, New Study Suggests
“There are lots of benefits to cutting back on meat in favor of eating more plant-based products. Doing so could protect your brain, help your skin, and boost your energy levels. Now, new research suggests that swapping out the calories you get from animal-based proteins for the same amount from plant-based proteins could help you live longer and lower your risk of dying from heart disease.”

6 Things To Know When Selecting a Complementary Health Practitioner
“If you’re looking for a complementary health practitioner to help treat a medical problem, it is important to be as careful and thorough in your search as you are when looking for conventional care.”

Lung Cancer News Update

Week Ending January 10, 2022

Radon is the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers and Present in 1 in 15 Homes
“With all the talk of personal health testing these days, it’s important to test your home’s health too because a significant danger lurks in nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States — radon. In 2019, residential radon exposure alone was estimated to have caused 84,000 deaths worldwide and the EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month.”

COVID-19 and Lung Cancer: What We Know and Don’t Know
“Research has provided data on morbidity and mortality in patients with lung cancer and COVID-19, shown how the pandemic has disrupted lung cancer screening and clinical trials, and provided some insight into the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination in patients with lung cancer.1-4”

FDA grants breakthrough therapy designation to telisotuzumab vedotin for lung cancer
“The FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation to telisotuzumab vedotin for treatment of certain patients with non-small cell lung cancer.”

Smoking cessation after lung cancer diagnosis linked to nearly 30% improvement in survival
“Quitting smoking at or around time of diagnosis conferred a significant survival benefit for patients with lung cancer, according to results of a meta-analysis published in Journal of Thoracic Oncology.”

Blood test helps predict who may benefit from lung cancer screening
“Prediction model with blood test significantly improves lung cancer risk assessment compared to current guidelines”

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Top 5 Developments in Lung Cancer in 2021 – YouTube

Impact of the IMpower133 Trial in Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Leora Horn, MD, global clinical head for Lung Cancer and Lung Cancer Strategy at AstraZeneca, discusses the importance of the Impower133 trial (NCT02763579) trial of carboplatin plus etoposide with or without atezolizumab (Tecentriq) in patients with small cell lung cancer.”

Go2 Foundation Expert Explains Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer and Why
“Angela Criswell, director of quality screening and program initiatives at GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, discusses early detection and screening for lung cancer.”

While QOL Preferences Can Be Different, Lung Cancer Resources Can Match Patient Needs
“Susan Smedley, national manager of community fundraising and endurance events at GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, discusses quality of life in lung cancer, and ways patients can communicate preferences to their health care providers.”

Temple’s Healthy Chest Initiative offers lung cancer screening for early detection, better survival

Hepatitis C News Update

Week Ending January 10, 2022

Exploring hepatitis C virus testing and treatment engagement over time in Melbourne, Australia: a study protocol for a longitudinal cohort study (EC-Experience Cohort study)
“The advent of direct acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) means the elimination of HCV is possible but requires sustained effort to achieve. Between 2016 and 2019, 44% of those living with HCV were treated in Australia. However, treatment uptake has declined significantly.”

Syringe programs help stop disease — and save Delaware lives and money | Opinion
“2021 was been tough and unforgiving. Almost everyone has a survival story to share. Some are not so lucky — lives lost to COVID-19, suicide, and substance abuse are all part of our current reality. The pandemic brings related stress and fear that we all must manage. For us at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, we help others navigate this additional stress while they battle their addictions.”

The contribution of unstable housing to HIV and hepatitis C virus transmission among people who inject drugs globally, regionally, and at country level: a modelling study
“A considerable proportion of people who inject drugs are unstably housed. Although unstable housing is associated with HIV and HCV infection among people who inject drugs, its contribution to transmission is unknown. We estimated the global and national proportions of incident HIV and HCV infections among people who inject drugs attributed to housing instability from 2020 to 2029.”

How New York City Plans to End Viral Hepatitis by 2030
“More than 300,000 people in New York City are living with hepatitis C or hepatitis B (or both), according to 2017 estimates. But a new strategy released by city health officials may help drastically reduce that figure. Last week, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) released the Plan to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis as a Major Public Health Threat in New York City by 2030.”

Microwave ablation performed to treat liver cancer
“The treatment, microwave ablation of the tumor, uses microwave energy (same energy used in microwave oven) to destroy the cancer. It was delivered through a needle inserted into the tumor. The entire duration of the treatment was 30 minutes and the patient was discharged in two days.”

My Choices News Update

Week Ending January 10, 2022

Research shows myriad benefits of exercise. So why don’t we move more?
“When Jennifer Heisz talks about the health benefits of exercise, you can take her word on it. Not only is Heisz a Canada Research Chair and the associate director of McMaster University’s Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE), she’s also a triathlete who learned firsthand the value of physical activity.”

The psychology of sticking to your goals
“What’s on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Do you want to spend less and save more? Do you plan to get in shape? Lose some weight? Read more books? Stay in better touch with loved ones? Eat healthier? Work more? Relax more? “

Even 1 small change can lead to healthier eating. Here are 6 to consider.
“From the blitz of ads to the guilt-laden chatter among friends, you can’t escape them. While most diets have been rebranded as “lifestyle” plans, scratch their veneer and you get the same strict rules and body shaming.”

INTEGRATIVE SERVICES SUCH AS NUTRITION COUNSELING BOOST CANCER PATIENT SURVIVAL, STUDY FINDS
“Access to integrative healthcare services such as exercise counseling increases a breast cancer patient’s odds of survival, a recent study indicates.”

Impact of Chronic Loneliness Similar to “Smoking a Half-Pack of Cigarettes a Day for Many Years”
“A stroke four years ago turned 74-year-old David Walker’s life upside down, leaving the affable Navy veteran with vision trouble and paralysis in one leg. Except for occasional visits from a caregiver, Walker is mostly alone and confined to his San Francisco studio apartment.”

Consider putting a dietitian on your health care team
“As every January comes and goes, so do millions of people’s New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or improve their diet. We always caution folks not to resolve to simply shed pounds but instead to focus on making broader lifestyle changes, like getting outside more or eating more colorful, healthful food. These modest measures can have outsized impacts.“

4 Expert-Approved Tips To Be More Empowered In Your Health In 2022
“In order to make the best health care choices for yourself, it’s important to feel empowered in a doctor’s office setting. As researcher and medical decision-making expert Talya Miron-Shatz, Ph.D., declares on the mindbodygreen podcast: “You have vital information about your symptoms, about how you feel, about what you’ve been doing,” says Miron-Shatz. “And someone should listen to you.”

Migraine: Self-stimulating acupressure points to relieve an attack
“Acupressure is a type of complementary therapy that may help improve symptoms of migraine in some people. This technique is similar to acupuncture in that it involves stimulating distinct pressure points on different parts of the body. Migraine is a neurological disorder that causes moderate to severe head pain and other symptoms. For some people, this condition has serious consequences.”

Is Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Higher Oxidative Stress?
“A new study published in Cureus reveals that vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased levels of oxidative stress. This novel research finding points to healthy vitamin D levels (i.e., addressing vitamin D deficiency) as a method to strike healthy antioxidant versus oxidant balance, aka homeostasis.”

Lung Cancer News Update

Week Ending January 3, 2022

The Lung Cancer Advocate Who Is a Friend to All
“A woman who has worked with Upal Basu Roy in the lung cancer space for many years explains why he is a lung cancer hero to everyone he has worked with, due to his dedication and empathy.”

A Deep Dedication to Improving Outcomes for Patients With Lung Cancer
“Dr. Hossein Borghaei credits mentorship early in his career with inspiring his interest in lung cancer and how immunotherapy can play a role in its treatment.”

Although Black/Hispanic Populations Remain Underrepresented in Clinical Cancer Trials, Participation Has Increased
“Despite Black and Hispanic patients continuing to be underrepresented in clinical cancer trials, minority participation has increased for diseases such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer, according to a study published in Cancer.”

Top 5 Most-Read Articles From Evidence-Based Oncology™ for 2021
“The rise of immunotherapy and precision medicine in both non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) is reflected in this year’s list of most-read articles in Evidence-Based Oncology™, the multistakeholder publication of The American Journal of Managed Care®. Disease states that have historically been the top causes of cancer death have seen progress in recent years, but 2021 brought some controversy.”

Biomarkers Light the Way for Personalized Treatment in NSCLC
“Jyoti D. Patel, MD, discusses biomarker testing, interpreting molecular result reports, and the growing armamentarium for patients with oncogene-driven lung cancer.”

Niu Discusses Use of Targeted Therapies in Various Patients With NSCLC
“Jason Niu, MD, director, Lung Cancer Program and associate director, Head & Neck Cancer Program at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses an interesting non-small cell lung cancer patient case.”

Patritumab Deruxtecan Granted FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Metastatic or Locally Advanced EGFR+ NSCLC
“Patritumab deruxtecan has been granted a breakthrough therapy designation by the FDA to accelerate its development for the treatment of patients with metastatic or locally advanced EGFR-mutated non-small cell lung cancer with disease progression on or after treatment with a third-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor and platinum-based therapies.”

Recap: Targeted Therapies for EGFR Exon 20 Insertion-Positive NSCLC
“In a recent OncView™ discussion, Zofia Piotrowska, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a lung cancer medical oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts, discussed the identification and targeting of EGFR exon 20 insertion mutations in non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”

Breaking the Stigma: Anyone Can Get Lung Cancer
“Heidi Nafman-Onda of Denver was just 55 years old when she felt a familiar pain. The lifelong fitness enthusiast and health educator had a history of ovarian cysts and suspected she’d developed another. She saw her gynecologist, but tests came back negative. Her doctor then sent her for a CT scan of her chest, abdomen and pelvis.”

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Phoenix oncologist sees a rise in younger, non-smoking patients with lung cancer
“PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) – A Valley oncologist wants to spread the word that you don’t have to be a smoker to be diagnosed with lung cancer. In fact, he is seeing more and more young, non-smokers with the diagnosis. His youngest lung cancer patient was a non-smoking 28-year-old.”

Stage 4 lung cancer patient credits her life to treatment at Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute
“In January 2021, Ann Rich was eight years into her cancer journey when her lung cancer came back. By April, she couldn’t walk five feet without gasping for air. She said she felt like a prisoner in her own home, unable to walk far enough to even check the mail.”

Hepatitis C News Update

Week Ending January 3, 2022

“Know your status, so you can enjoy life” – Rick Kann gives test results with comfort
“Originally, Kann was looking for a way to meet new people when he became a volunteer, but said when he saw the kind of work being done at The Center it awakened a drive in him to help people. So, after retiring from a 30-year career in public education, Kann started volunteering more of his time.”

Study examines the relationship between syringe services programs and law enforcement in the state of Colorado
“Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) reduce the transmission of infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C through the distribution of sterile needles to people who inject drugs. These programs also provide additional health services such as overdose prevention education, HIV and Hep-C testing, and naloxone provisions.”

Know the warning signs of liver cirrhosis
“Cirrhosis is a form of severe liver disease and happens because of multiple causes. It causes scarring that slowly replaces healthy tissue. Eventually, this blocks blood flow and makes it harder for your liver to do its job.”

Adults on probation disproportionately impacted by hepatitis C
“Compared with the general population, adults on probation are disproportionately impacted by hepatitis C, but they rarely receive care, complete treatment or achieve viral suppression, according to a study.”

Health Department and Community Partners Release Plan to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis in New York City by 2030
“Plan sets forth strategies to reduce new hepatitis C infections by 90%, premature deaths among people with chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C by 65%, and health inequities related to viral hepatitis”

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9 Ways to Address Hepatitis B Stigma and Discrimination [VIDEO]

Case 3: A Patient With Metastatic HCC

My Choices News Update

Week Ending January 3, 2022

How Melatonin Can Help Your Sleep (And 4 Things To Do If It Doesn’t)
“There’s nothing more frustrating than tossing and turning at night, desperate to get a good night’s sleep. That’s where melatonin may come in handy.”

3 ways to stay active and keep your mind in shape
“Aging brings about many changes. Beyond graying hair and wrinkles, your brain is also changing as you grow older and wiser. According to McKnight Brain Research Foundation, 87% of people 65 and older experience cognitive changes associated with normal aging. The good news is that these changes don’t have to be a normal passage of aging. You may find that you can combat some cognitive decline through exercise.”

Fish Oil Thins Your Blood: True Or False? A Nutrition Scientist Explains
“When discussing fish oil myths, a few common misconceptions tend to creep up in conversation: Fish oil supplements taste fishy (not if it’s high-quality!); fish oil makes you burp (it shouldn’t!); and you only need 500 milligrams of EPA + DHA per day.”

Ready for a Mental Health Workout?
“There are thousands of health clubs and gyms to help get physically fit. Yet, where do you go to improve your mental and emotional fitness?”

Survival odds higher for breast cancer patients with access to integrative therapies
“Breast cancer patients treated at hospitals and health systems that educate patients and provide integrative health services have a better chance of survival compared to those treated at institutions with few of these resources, according to a new study published in the Journal of Oncology.”

Fitness May Matter More Than Weight Loss for Health and Longevity
“Numbers are easier. That may be why a person’s weight — and the desire of millions of people to lose weight — is the first topic under discussion when it comes to health and longevity.”

Science Reveals How Red Meat Harms the Heart
“Red-meat lovers may raise their risk of heart disease through a chain of events that plays out in the gut, a new study suggests.”

This One Underrated New Year’s Resolution Is Actually Good For Your Brain
“It’s one of the most common New Year’s resolutions of them all: This year, I will become more organized. You invest in a planner (maybe it’s even color-coded), you wrangle your email until you hit inbox zero (a dream, truly), you organize your closet until it’s spick and span, nary a stray scarf in sight.”

6 Types of Healthy Tea You Ought to Brew, According to Tea Connoisseurs
“When the weather outside is cold and gray the there’s hardly anything more comforting than a warm cup of tea. Whether you like to cozy up with the robust, citrusy tones of an Earl Grey, the sweet, floral aroma of jasmine tea or whatever your favorite brew is there’s just something about sipping tea that feeds the soul.”

The Smartest Tips We Learned About Eating for Brain Health in 2021
“Here’s some food for thought: The brain’s functioning greatly depends on what kind of nutrition you feed it. So, eating a rich supply of vitamins and minerals, protein, heart-healthy fats, and fiber is the best way to make sure your cognitive health is optimal.”

Maintaining Mental Health Is Crucial: 6 Science-Backed Ways To Do It
“At the end of each year, we all get a glimpse into how the world has been thinking with Google’s Year in Search recap. And in 2021, along with less consequential queries like how to move with plants and what is retrograde, the question of how to maintain mental health was on people’s minds and search fields more than ever before.”

How different vitamins affect the body
“At the dawn of a new year, it’s not uncommon for people take inventory of their personal health and strive to make positive changes. Being more conscientious of the foods they put into their bodies is a start, but some individuals may wonder if supplementation can help them go one step further.”

The Benefits of Exercise for Anxiety
“As we embark on a new year, many of us use to this time to reflect on our daily habits and explore ways to improve them. It should come as no surprise that the most popular New Year’s resolution is doing more exercise or improving one’s fitness.”

Lung Cancer News

Week Ending December 27, 2021

2021 in Review: 10 Important Clinical Advances in Cancer at MSK
“In 2021, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center doctors and scientists continued to make major discoveries that will improve the treatment of cancer. Philanthropic donations provided critical support for much of this research, allowing clinical researchers to pursue innovative ideas and take necessary risks to make breakthrough discoveries.”

Experts provide top takeaways from the virtual CHEST Annual Meeting
“Healio presents highlights from the virtual CHEST Annual Meeting, which was held Oct. 17 to 20.”

Karen L. Kelly, M.D. named IASLC Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
“The Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen L. Kelly, M.D. to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective Spring 2022.”

When a Lung Cancer Diagnosis Brings About a New Mission
“Frank was blessed to be very healthy his whole life. He has been a lifelong avid and competitive runner, cyclist and triathlete, placing in the top of his age group in numerous races including the U.S. Cycling Federation State Master’s Time Trial Cycling Championship. He is also an accomplished portrait and landscape artist.”

Top 5 Most-Read Articles in Precision Oncology for 2021
“The most-read articles of 2021 for precision oncology included studies into the role of epigenetics for choosing treatments and the presence of circulating tumor DNA to predict recurrence risk, as well as an FDA approval.”

A New Horizon in Cancer Care: Liquid Biopsy
“Thanks to innovations in liquid biopsy platforms within the past decade, the oncology world is witnessing the transformation of precision medicine in cancer care. The first FDA approval of a liquid biopsy test was the CellSearchCTC enumeration platform in 2013, which is centered on the detection of circulating tumor cells (CTC) in blood.1”

Targeting KRAS mutant lung cancer: light at the end of the tunnel
“For decades, KRAS mutant lung adenocarcinomas (LUAD) have been refractory to therapeutic strategies based on personalized medicine owing to the complexity of designing inhibitors to selectively target KRAS and downstream targets with acceptable toxicities. The recent development of selective KRASG12C inhibitors represents a landmark after 40 years of intense research efforts since the identification of KRAS as a human oncogene.”

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“We’re going to get there”: 50 years after start of ‘War on Cancer,’ hopes persist for more progress
“Thursday marked 50 years since President Richard Nixon declared a ‘War on Cancer,’ signing the National Cancer Act into law, groundbreaking legislation which helped kickstart massive advancements in treating the disease.”

Reviewing the Year 2021 in Lung Cancer Treatment
“Good evening and welcome! Thank you for joining OncLive’s fifth episode of Thoracic Night Live, a program devoted to spotlighting the biggest topics in lung cancer and pivotal studies discussed at medical meetings throughout the year.”

Oncology Peer Review On-The-Go: Future Directions in Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment
“The final episode of CancerNetwork’s 4-part series on small cell lung cancer (SCLC) welcomes back Wade Iams, MD, a thoracic medical oncologist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In this conversation, Iams looks to the future of SCLC treatments, touching on topics including extending response durations for patients, emerging therapies for extensive stage SCLC, exciting research on the horizon, and more.”

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