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Lung Cancer News

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending September 20, 2021

Immunotherapy Offers Certain Patients With Small Cell Lung Cancer A ‘Ray of Hope’, Expert Says
“Recent developments in immunotherapy treatment have given patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer something to have faith in, according to an expert from City of Hope.”

A study from Italy suggests that patients diagnosed with lung cancer after the start of the “COVID-19 pandemic received treatment more quickly than did patients who were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019.Study Reveals Shorter Time to Lung Cancer Treatment During COVID-19 Pandemic”
Trastuzumab Deruxtecan Yields Robust Antitumor Responses in HER2+ NSCLC
“Patients with HER2-mutated non–small cell lung cancer derived robust and long-lasting responses from fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki.”

Imfinzi plus chemotherapy tripled patient survival at three years in the CASPIAN Phase III trial in extensive-stage small cell lung cancer
“LONDON, UK I September 18, 2021 I Updated results from the CASPIAN Phase III trial showed AstraZeneca’s Imfinzi (durvalumab) in combination with a choice of chemotherapies, etoposide plus either carboplatin or cisplatin, demonstrated a sustained, clinically meaningful overall survival (OS) benefit at three years for adults with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) treated in the 1st-line setting.”

Yale Cancer Center Study Shows New Drug Combinations Improve Outcomes for Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer
“New findings from a large study led by researchers at Yale Cancer Center shows the addition of the drugs oleclumab or monalizumab to durvalumab improved progression-free survival for patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The data is part of the COAST trial and will be presented on September 17, 2021 at the annual meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).”

ALK+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Final results from a phase 3 trial showed that brigatinib continued to improve progression-free survival (PFS) compared with crizotinib in patients with advanced, ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)”

Takeda wins FDA approval for targeted lung cancer drug
“Japanese drugmaker Takeda said Wednesday it’s received Food and Drug Administration approval for the first oral therapy targeting a specific gene mutation in non-small cell lung cancer patients.”

Hepatitis C News

Week Ending September 20, 2021

Health department offers treatments for Hepatitis C
“It’s been three years since the Carteret County Health Department started its Hepatitis C treatment program, and 122 patients have completed treatment. That may not seem like much, but it can take up to eight months to finish treatments, depending on the medication used, according to health department family nurse practitioner Jessica Harris.”

Effects of Short vs Standard Course Therapy With Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir in Patients With Heptatitis C Virus
“In patients with recently diagnosed hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, a 6-week course of therapy with sofosbuvir-velpatasvir appeared to be less effective compared with standard 12-week therapy, according to results of a study published in the Journal of Hepatology.”

Prompt attention and action is the need of the hour to limit hepatitis
“Hepatitis is major health concern especially in developing and under developed countries. In fact, greater awareness about viral hepatitis is critical to limit the spread and subsequently to eradicate the condition from our country.”

Predicting Which Patients Will Develop HCC After HCV Treatment
“The Enhanced Liver Fibrosis (ELF) score may be a useful marker for predicting which patients with hepatitis C treated with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) will go on to develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to a study published in Molecular and Clinical Oncology.”

What to know about testing for hepatitis
“Hepatitis is a group of viral liver diseases, including hepatitis A, B, and C. Doctors use a hepatitis panel, a type of blood test, to diagnose hepatitis.”

Structural insights into hepatitis C virus receptor binding and entry
“Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a causal agent of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma in humans, and afflicts more than 70 million people worldwide. The HCV envelope glycoproteins E1 and E2 are responsible for the binding of the virus to the host cell, but the exact entry process remains undetermined.”

Hepatitis C and diabetes: What is the link?
“The hepatitis C virus (HCV) spreads through contact with blood. It can cause an acute or chronic infection. If HCV becomes chronic, it can contribute to liver damage and the development of other conditions, including diabetes.”

My Choices News

My Choices© Update
Week Ending September 20, 2021

Can flavonoids help fend off forgetfulness?
“The foundation of a healthy diet is a vibrant rainbow of fruits and vegetables, like rosy red strawberries, dark green spinach leaves, or sunny yellow peppers. Their colors often come from flavonoids, powerful plant chemicals (phytochemicals) that appear to contribute to many aspects of health. And now a large Harvard study published online in Neurology in July suggests that flavonoids may also play a role in protecting cognition.”

How To Keep a Food Journal: Instructions and Tips
“Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve your diet, or simply understand your eating habits a little better, keeping a food journal can be incredibly beneficial.”

8 Caribbean Cultural Foods for Combatting Inflammation
“Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and infection. However, chronic inflammation — which may be influenced by diet, inadequate sleep, and high stress levels — is linked to overweight and obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.”

Fast Fiber Facts: What Is It and How to Get Enough
“According to data curated by the Department of Agriculture, only about 5% of Americans consume their daily recommended allowance of fiber. And that’s unfortunate, because fiber plays a big role in many aspects of health.”

How to Tell If the Health and Nutrition Information You’re Reading Online is Actually True
“With so much misinformation out there around COVID-19 and vaccinations, in addition to health and wellness information in general, it’s more important than ever to make sure what you’re reading is actually true and credible. There are six ways to tell if the nutrition and health information you’re reading online is trustworthy.”

Health & Wellness: Have you considered complementary or alternative health care?
“Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a broad term for many health care treatments and medicines not generally used by the traditional medical community. Complementary or Integrative therapies are applied in tandem with traditional western medicine whereas alternative therapies are adopted in place of the traditional.”

7 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health, According to Experts
“When your gut is feeling great, you never think about it—but when it isn’t, it’s hard to think about anything else. The group of microorganisms that live in and make up your gastrointestinal tract plays a role in almost every aspect of your health from preventing chronic illnesses to keeping your immune system humming. So it’s no wonder that when it’s out of whack, you feel lousy.”

Nourishdoc Brings Top Integrative Practitioners For Educational Sessions For Balancing Hormones
“NourishDoc, the first 360-degree technology platform connecting wellness seekers and top holistic practitioners, announced today that it will start offering educational programs for chronic conditions. Integrative practitioners, professors, and researchers share their years of expertise in easy-to-understand informational sessions for natural remedies that can help heal millions around the world during these difficult times.”

What Are Botanicals, and What Can They Do for Your Health?
“Walk into a supplement store, and you’re bound to see dozens of products with nature-inspired labels boasting ingredients called “botanicals.”

One Major Side Effect of Not Drinking Tea, Says Science
“Tea is consumed across the globe, at all times of the day. Some people have it in the morning instead of coffee, some enjoy tea time in the afternoon, and others love drinking tea before bed.”

Lung Cancer News

Week Ending September 13, 2021

Biomarker testing decisions for lung cancer vary between academic, community oncologists
“Considerably fewer community oncology clinicians than academic clinicians use biomarker testing to guide discussions with patients with lung cancer, according to survey results.”

Atezolizumab Combo Demonstrates Favorable Efficacy and Safety Data for NSCLC with Untreated Brain Metastases
“Patients with non-small cell lung cancer with brain metastases experienced a favorable safety profile along with efficacy results when treated with atezolizumab plus chemotherapy.”

Patients With ALK+ NSCLC Not Suitable for Crizotinib Benefit from Sequential ALK-Inhibitor Therapy
“Patients with non–small cell lung cancer harboring ALK mutations who were not suitable for crizotinib therapy, either due to resistance or intolerance, showed benefit with sequential crizotinib and alectinib.”

NIH study illuminates origins of lung cancer in never smokers
“A genomic analysis of lung cancer in people with no history of smoking has found that a majority of these tumors arise from the accumulation of mutations caused by natural processes in the body. This study was conducted by an international team led by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and describes for the first time three molecular subtypes of lung cancer in people who have never smoked.”

Improvements in Radiation Therapy May Confer Better Treatment for Lung Cancer
“Increased use of radiation in lung cancer treatment may be a result of discoveries in research and improved spreading of information on this technology.”

AI can spot signs of lung cancer on CT scans a year earlier
“An artificial intelligence (AI) program can spot signs of lung cancer on CT scans a year before they can be diagnosed with existing methods, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.”

Dr. Osarogiagbon on Geographic Disparities in Lung Cancer Mortality Rates in the United States
“Raymond U. Osarogiagbon, MD, medical oncologist, Baptist Cancer Center, discusses geographic disparities in lung cancer mortality rates across the United States.”

Alexander Spira, MD, PhD, FACP, Discusses Biomarker-Guided Treatment in Lung Cancer at 2021 WCLC
“At the 2021 World Conference on Lung Cancer, CancerNetwork® spoke with Alexander Spira, MD, PhD, FACP, of Virginia Cancer Specialists, about the approval of drugs for mutations such as KRAS G12C and how there are more in development to target these aberrations.”


Hepatitis C News

Hepatitis C News
Week Ending September 13, 2021

Dr. Parikh on Future Research Directions in Hepatitis C-Related HCC
“Neehar Parikh, MD, medical director, Multidisciplinary Liver Tumor Clinic, medical director, Living Donor Liver Transplantation Program, assistant professor, University of Michigan Health, Michigan Medicine, discusses future research directions in hepatitis C-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).”

HCV Patients with HIV Coinfection Have Triple the Risk for Non-Liver-Related Cancer
“Patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections who had an HIV coinfection had a 3.7-fold higher risk of non-liver-related cancer than those without HIV coinfection, according to a new study in France.”

Pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma: evidence from recent studies
“Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents primary liver cancer and is problematic worldwide because it is the major reason for cancer-related death. Various risk factors for developing HCC include advanced liver fibrosis, alcohol abuse, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), primary biliary cholangitis, and autoimmune hepatitis. Particularly, infection of chronic hepatitis virus is an important risk factor for HCC, although viral activities could be efficiently controlled with the use of oral medications.”

Hepatitis C and joint pain: What is the link?
“The hepatitis C virus (HCV) often does not always cause symptoms, but if the infection becomes chronic, it can cause complications over time. One of these is joint inflammation and pain.”

Impact of Subscription-Based Payment Models on Hepatitis C Virus Prescription Fills Covered by Medicaid in Louisiana, Washington
“For individuals with hepatitis C virus (HCV) enrolled in Medicaid, the implementation of a subscription-based payment model (SBPM) was associated with a significant increase in prescription fills of Medicaid-covered HCV medications among those residing in Louisiana, but not among those in Washington, according to study results published in JAMA Health Forum.“

My Choices News

Week Ending September 13, 2021

NIH research projects on interoception to improve understanding of brain-body function
“The National Institutes of Health is awarding seven projects a total of $18.15 million over five years to a new effort focused on interoception—the ways in which organisms sense and regulate signals within their bodies. Interoception is not well understood and is a new area of research focus for NIH. This coordinated effort, which involves multiple NIH Institutes and Centers, will address critical knowledge gaps and challenges in understanding interoception that are not tackled by other major NIH research initiatives.”

The Secret Side Effect of Exercising for Just 60 Seconds, Says Study“In today’s modern exercise era when high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage, most fitness fanatics are well aware of the fact that you can get pretty fit in a fairly short amount of time.”

The Health Benefits of Essential Oils for Congestive Heart Failure
“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease accounts for nearly one in every four deaths in the country each year.”

Is Seafood Healthy? Types, Nutrition, Benefits, and Risks
“There’s no doubt that seafood can positively influence health. Decades of scientific research have shown that diets high in seafood may help protect you from a variety of health conditions.”

What Is Holistic Health and Wellness?
“When you think of visiting the doctor, you likely think about your physical health. However, physical health is only one aspect of wellness, which is why more medical professionals are working toward encouraging complete wellness with holistic approaches.”

Coaching the Medically Hesitant Patient
“John made an appointment to be seen in my clinic for “frozen shoulder.” When he came into my office I was shocked; his shoulder was the size of a basketball. The mass was impressive, to say the least: there were open sores from the skin being stretched so thin, it was hard to the touch and slightly warm – all signs this was a case for a trip to the hospital.”

How Complementary Therapies Help Me Prevent Migraines
“As I’ve learned more about my migraines — and triggers — over the years, I’ve also tried several alternative therapies to help me manage them. Some work well, especially if I’m good about doing them consistently. Others seem to just be a waste of time and energy. It’s hard to navigate since you really have to give things a legitimate try before writing anything off. It’s draining, exhausting, time consuming, and often expensive to manage.”

Is Turmeric Good Medicine?
“For hundreds of years, turmeric has been used not just as an earthy flavor enhancer but also as a remedy. People have turned to the spice—and to supplements made from one of its active components, curcumin—to treat a wide variety of ills, especially pain from the inflammation that comes with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.”

The Health Benefits of Coconut Water
“The next time you’ve got to quench your thirst, consider reaching for coconut water. The trendy beverage is full of natural vitamins and minerals that aid in hydration and is frequently found in smoothies and other recipes such as salad dressings.”

The Mood-Boosting Power of Flower Essence Therapy
“Flower remedies, or essences, are extracts from the botanicals themselves that are thought to contain mood-enhancing, beautifying, and healing capabilities. Flower and essence therapy generally refer to a type of therapy that uses bespoke flower essences for emotional health and balance—there isn’t just one type of flower therapy, however.“

Hepatitis C News

Week Ending September 7, 2021

What to Do If You’re Denied Insurance Coverage for Hepatitis C
“Hepatitis C is a viral infection that damages the liver. Nearly 2.4 million people in the United States live with the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)”

Understanding Hepatitis C in Children
“Hepatitis C is a viral infection that impacts between 2.4 and 4.7 million people in the United States alone, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. And of those individuals, the American Liver Foundation reports that an estimated 23,000 to 46,000 are children.”

Study: Carving Out Hepatitis C Therapies from Medicaid Managed Care Increases Use
“Carve-out benefits of antiviral hepatitis C medications from Medicaid managed care prescription drug coverage can increase access and reduce economic burden of untreated hepatitis C infections, according to a recent study published in JAMA Health Forum.”

Do You Know Enough About Hepatitis?
“Hepatitis, known as liver inflammation among the people, occurs mostly with viral effects. Saying that hepatitis, which is mostly manifested by symptoms such as jaundice, loss of appetite, and fatigue, will become chronic if not treated, one of the Doctor Calendar experts, Internal Diseases Specialist. Dr. Tuğba Taşcı recommends eating healthy, giving importance to hygiene and getting vaccinated to prevent hepatitis.”

Lung Cancer News

Week Ending September 7, 2021

Yale Cancer Center Study Shows Stem-Like T Cells Could Aid Immunotherapy in Cancer Treatment
“In a new study by Yale Cancer Center, researchers show stem-like T cells within certain lymph nodes could be natural cancer fighters. Targeting these T cells, which are a type of white blood cells, with immunotherapy drugs could increase the number of cancer patients that respond to treatment. The findings were reported online today in the journal Science Immunology.”

Researcher receives $2.5 million grant to develop lung cancer treatment
“Newswise — A researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a novel therapy to treat lung cancer.”

Cancer burden in West Virginia among highest in nation; advocates see solutions
“CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — West Virginia has one of the highest rates of new cancer, as well as one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the nation.”

Hospital staff: Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from getting preventive care
“Nurse Christine Harrington said people don’t understand the importance of a colonoscopy or a mammogram, but she wasn’t sure how to verbalize how important this type of care is.”

VATS Better Than Open Lobectomy for Early-Stage Lung Cancer
“Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was associated with less pain, less cost, significantly lower complications and a shorter length of stay than open lobectomy in the randomized VIOLET study.”

Sintilimab Plus Chemo Prolongs Survival in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Updated results from the ORIENT-11 trial showed that adding sintilimab to chemotherapy significantly prolongs overall survival (OS) in patients with previously untreated, advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). These results were published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.”

National Cancer Institute renews Simmons Cancer Center’s prestigious comprehensive designation
“DALLAS – Sept. 2, 2021 – The National Cancer Institute has renewed the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center’s comprehensive designation, reaffirming its place among the country’s elite cancer institutes.”

My Choices News

Week Ending September 7, 2021

How To Spot The Difference Between Chronic and Acute Inflammation
“The “I” word is a biggie in the health world: inflammation. And it has somewhat of a split personality. Inflammation occurs naturally in the body and plays a key role in helping you recover from injury, trauma, and even a simple cut”

What is Reiki, and Does it Really Work?
“Maybe you’ve heard of reiki but don’t quite know what it is. Maybe you’re considering reiki but aren’t sure whether it’s right for you. Or maybe your doctor has suggested reiki as a form of therapy complementary to your existing medical treatments.”

Eating walnuts daily may lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
“A growing body of scientific research suggests that walnuts, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, may protect against heart disease. Over the years, a number of studies have investigated whether consuming walnuts might reduce cardiovascular risk factors”

10 Science-Backed Benefits of Tai Chi, From Improved Balance to Pain Relief
“We’ve all been told to move more, but if you have a limited range of motion, Tai Chi can help you reach your fitness goals—and reap other benefits too. It’s a traditional Chinese wellness practice comprised of a series of movements that you perform slowly and purposefully.”

Your Essential Guide To Essential Oils
“Essential oils are currently enjoying a renaissance in the world of holistic health and wellness—with fans touting their benefits for everything/effectiveness in treating everything from stress and anxiety to nausea and pain”

National Nutrition Week: Exploring The Ayurvedic Connection Between Emotions, Body Organs And Nutrition
“National Nutrition Week is observed to spread awareness about good nutrition, and health. This week, let us understand the little known ayurvedic connection between food, body organs and emotions”

9 Intriguing Benefits of Tangerines
“Like oranges, tangerines are orange in color — although some varieties may have shades of green or red. However, they’re a bit smaller and less round and are easier to peel by hand. They also have a sweeter taste.”

Kava shows benefits of herbal medicine
“A root native to the western Pacific Islands has made its way to the U.S., bringing with it helpful medicinal properties. Kava is rapidly gaining popularity due to its physical and mental health benefits. Studies have determined that it can aid in weight loss; help users cope with pain; and reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia.”

Lung Cancer News

Week Ending August 30, 2021

The White Ribbon Project comes to UC Davis to acknowledge efforts in tackling lung cancer
“Retired linebacker Chris Draft, who played on the 49ers and the Falcons as well as other NFL teams, was at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center on Tuesday, Aug. 24, to acknowledge efforts by the cancer center to tackle lung cancer.”

Immunotherapy For Lung Cancer Adopted Quickly, Has Real World Efficacy
“The IMpower133 trial (NCT02763579) helped to establish immunotherapy’s usefulness in extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). However, questions remain around atezolizumab’s (Tecentriq) real-world efficacy and uptake.”

Working Behind the Scenes for Patients With Lung Cancer
“Jody Ruth Steinhardt, M.P.H., CHES, is the coordinator of the lung cancer screening program at Maimonides Medical Center, where she started her career 30 years ago as the oncology program coordinator.”

AI Blood Test Proves Useful in Lung Cancer Detection
— Such an approach would be useful considering the barriers to LDCT among high-risk people
“A blood test powered by the use of artificial intelligence could be an effective pre-screening tool for the noninvasive detection of lung cancer, according to a prospective study.”

Biomarker Testing in Lung Cancer Continues to Improve Outcomes, Move the Field Forward
“Years ago, many patients with lung cancer were treated the same, as there was limited knowledge about the disease and limited therapies to treat it. Then, biomarker testing brought precision medicine into the world of lung cancer, and now patients are treated with drugs specifically designed to treat cancer with certain characteristics.”

What paraneoplastic syndromes are connected to small cell lung cancer?
“Paraneoplastic syndrome is a group of rare autoimmune diseases that can occur due to lung cancer, especially small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The group of diseases occur due to the immune system mistakenly attacking nerve cells.”

Early Target Identification Will Help Maximize Osimertinib Treatment
“Expanding the use of osmertinib (Tagrisso) so that it is efficacious as a frontline treatment will help pave the way for a new era of success in treating lung cancer, said Jonathan W. Riess, MD, MS”

RET Fusion–Positive Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer
“This is Part 1 of Updates in Lung Cancer, a four-part video roundtable series. Scroll down to watch the other videos from this Roundtable.”

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