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2008-05-20 08:40:00

A simple blood test may be able to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages with unprecedented accuracy, according to new research to be presented at American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference in Toronto on Tuesday, May 20.The possibility of developing a non-invasive test to distinguish cancerous from benign lesions in the lungs has enormous implications, not just for the world of medicine, but for every individual patient who has gone through the harrowing experience of...

2006-07-14 16:42:43

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A blood test that looks for the body's own immune response to tumors may provide an easy way to find lung cancer in patients long before an X-ray or CT scan could, U.S. researchers reported on Friday. The test correctly predicted non-small-cell lung cancer in blood samples taken from patients years before they were actually diagnosed with lung cancer, the researchers reported. If the test's reliability can be confirmed, it might become the first new blood...

2006-07-10 14:35:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Evidence from clinical trials neither supports nor refutes a benefit for surgery as a treatment for the most common type of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer or NSCLC, according to findings from the first-ever systematic review to address this topic. The review, which appears in the medical journal Thorax, involved 11 trials that included data on patients who underwent surgery for NSCLC. Six of the studies, which included more than 1000 patients, focused on...

2006-01-23 00:15:00

WASHINGTON -- Small doses of radiation meant to ease the symptoms of incurable lung cancer may actually save the lives of a few patients, surprised Australian researchers reported on Monday. About one in a hundred patients with apparently incurable non-small cell lung cancer survived five or more years after the treatments, and 18 patients were apparently cured, the researchers said. Dr. Michael Mac Manus, a radiation oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, Australia,...

2006-01-10 17:55:32

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In people at high risk for lung cancer, low-dose CT scanning of the chest may detect early lung cancer, researchers report. However, "its usefulness as a screening tool is limited" because it misses tumors in certain areas of the lung and often falsely identifies harmless spots as being cancerous. The results have been mixed on the ability of CT scans to spot early lung tumors, when cure rates following surgery are excellent, note Dr. R. MacRedmond from...

2005-11-01 12:21:38

Women with lung cancer are living longer than men, even when the disease is untreated. A new study presented at CHEST 2005, the 71st annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), found that in patients receiving treatment for lung cancer, women had significantly better survival rates than men. However, in untreated patients, women also had a 21 percent decreased risk of death as compared with men, leading researchers to believe lung cancer in...

2005-10-31 13:26:54

By Martha Kerr MONTREAL (Reuters Health) - Canadian investigators reported here Monday that they have identified DNA changes in cells taken from the inside of the cheek that are associated with a risk for stage I lung cancer. Dr. Bojana Turic said that her team's focus has been on detecting stage I lung cancer because that stage is considered treatable. Most lung cancers are detected at later stages. Turic and her colleagues at Perceptronix, Inc., in Vancouver, Canada, collected...

2005-10-18 23:26:12

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Some patients with head and neck cancer can be safely spared the risk and expense of surgery by undergoing a CT scan to predict whether the disease is in check after radiation therapy, according to study findings University of Florida doctors released today (Oct. 18) at the annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. Researchers with the UF Shands Cancer Center have identified criteria doctors can use to evaluate CT scans four weeks after...

2005-06-23 18:50:00

In patients with vaginal cancer, PET scans detected twice as many primary tumors and cancerous lymph nodes as did CT scans, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. At this time, however, Medicaid, Medicare and many private insurers specify CT (computed tomography) for diagnosing and monitoring this cancer. The researchers hoping to encourage a change in that standard report their comparison of the two methods in the July 1 issue of the International...