June 2, 2008 |
A simple blood test may be able to detect lung cancer in its early stages, which would represent a promising strategy to improve survival rates, researchers said. The two-year survival rate averages only about 15%, mainly because the disease, which kills 1.3 million people globally a year, is often diagnosed in advanced stages. Preliminary findings of a study presented in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology suggest that a specific genetic profile for lung cancer is present in the blood and can be detected with 88% accuracy.
April 21, 2001 |
Gun control advocate Sarah Brady said Friday night that she has been battling lung cancer for at least a year. Brady, 59, said on CNN's "Larry King Live" that the original tumor that doctors discovered in her lung has disappeared but two spots remain in the same lung. She said she had non-small cell carcinoma--a slow-moving form of cancer. Brady, a lifelong smoker, said she is still smoking, though not as much. She heads the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence.
October 18, 1989 |
Lung cancer death rates appear finally to be dropping among Americans under 45, according to a new study that provides evidence of the effectiveness of anti-smoking campaigns in controlling the country's most common fatal cancer. The federal study, published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found the decline especially striking among white men. But a drop has also occurred among black men and white and black women since the mid-1970s.
January 8, 2007 |
Testing five genes in tumors might help doctors determine which patients with lung cancer are likely to fare best after surgery and which need the strongest treatments, according to a new study. A five-gene test distinguished patients who would survive almost 3 1/2 years after diagnosis from those who would live about half as long, said researchers led by Pan-Chyr Yang, an oncologist at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei, in last week's New England Journal of Medicine.
August 14, 2006 |
Researchers say they have developed a test that can predict with near certainty whether the most common form of lung cancer will return after surgery. The new test could save tens of thousands of lives every year by letting doctors prescribe more aggressive treatments for patients whose cancers are likely to reappear, said the team of scientists who developed it at Duke University. Called the Lung Metagene Predictor and described in the Aug.
December 14, 2006 |
Genentech Inc.'s Avastin medicine prolonged the lives of patients with a form of recurrent or advanced lung cancer by two months, according to a study to be published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The median survival time of patients who received Avastin in addition to chemotherapy was 12.3 months, compared with 10.3 for those getting just the chemicals, researchers said.
September 28, 2005 |
Bolstering the diet with fruits, vegetables and legumes rich in plant-based estrogens tends to protect against lung cancer, researchers will report today. Conducted by a team of cancer-prevention researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the analysis marks one of the few studies -- and the largest -- to examine dietary effects on lung tumor development. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
June 22, 1988 |
Robert Lee (Bobby) Dodd, the legendary football coach and athletic director at Georgia Tech, died Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 79. Dodd, who overcame prostate cancer in 1975, was diagnosed in March as having lung cancer. He was admitted to West Paces Ferry Hospital June 6, suffering from shortness of breath and side effects from chemotherapy. He retired as coach after the 1966 season and as athletic director in 1976.
December 1, 2000 |
California's lung cancer rate decreased by 14% between 1988 and 1997, far outpacing declines in other regions of the country and prompting jubilant federal health officials to credit the state's stringent anti-tobacco programs. "We are very, very excited about this," said Terry Pechacek of the office on smoking and health at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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January 22, 1994
Betty Lou Soden, a longtime Orange County community activist and interior designer, died of lung cancer Thursday. She was 64. Since moving here with her husband, now-retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Mark A. Soden, 40 years ago, Mrs. Soden had been active in many charitable activities. She also was involved in interior design of residential and commercial properties through her firm, B.L. Soden Interiors. In addition to her husband, Soden is survived by her son, Mark Jr.