• Lung Cancer

    Join former NFL player, Chris Draft, at Together Facing Lung Cancer

    by  • October 29, 2013 • Lung Cancer, Special events

    It’s quite uncommon to find a former NFL linebacker visiting a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center, much less one who visited all 41 NCI centers last year. But when you meet Chris Draft, the reason becomes clear. His wife, Keasha Rutledge Draft, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in early...

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    Has the time come to screen all high risk patients for lung cancer?

    by  • July 31, 2013 • Cancer Screening, Lung Cancer, Thoracic Cancer

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has produced draft recommendations that for the first time support screening high risk patients for lung cancer, the number one cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. (Read entire article in the New York Times.)  This is important because access to the screening test –...

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    American Cancer Society Issues Guidelines Regarding Lung Cancer Screening

    by  • May 16, 2013 • Cancer Screening, Lung Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Uncategorized

    Lung cancer remains the biggest killer among all cancers.  Unfortunately, by the time lung cancer leads to symptoms, the cancer is already in advanced stages about 75 percent of the time. But we can do more in the war against lung cancer.  In previous years, multiple studies evaluating the use of screening by chest...

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    Lung-Sparing Treatment Options for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

    by  • May 14, 2013 • Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, Uncategorized

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a thoracic disease process that affects those with prior inhalational exposure to asbestos. It originates in the pleural space and progresses by local extension to involve the ipsilateral lung and adjacent structures. Often, there is a very long and variable latency period (from exposure to disease manifestation) that can range...

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    Not all lung cancers are created equal: the clinical relevance of the new classification of lung adenocarcinoma

    by  • May 9, 2013 • Lung Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Uncategorized

    Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths, and lung cancer survival remains by and large discouraging on account of the advanced stage in which most cancers are diagnosed. This is spite of technological advances in detection and treatment.  However not all lung cancers are equal.  The most common type of lung cancer...

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    Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy: A Better Surgical Option for Patients with Esophageal Cancer

    by  • April 26, 2013 • Surgery, Thoracic Cancer

    In 2012, the American Cancer Society estimated the annual number of new esophageal cancers at 17,460. Surgical resection with radical lymph node dissection, usually performed after a patient receives either preoperative chemotherapy or chemoradiation, is regarded as the only curative option for resectable esophageal cancer. Surgical removal of the esophagus and reconstruction of the...

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    Trends in Smoking Related Deaths

    by  • March 8, 2013 • Lung Cancer, News

    Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you.  New data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey confirm the health hazards of smoking.  Mortality from any cause among smokers, both men and women, is three times higher than non-smokers.  Most of the increased mortality is due to lung cancer, head and neck cancer, COPD,...

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    New Lung Cancer Screening Recommendations

    by  • January 31, 2013 • Cancer Screening, Lung Cancer, Thoracic Cancer

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) has issued recommendations for screening with low-dose spiral computed tomography (LDCT) scans of the chest for individuals at high risk for lung cancer.  What is considered high risk for developing lung cancer? The ACS uses the following guidelines in its decision to support screening: Aged 55 to 74 years...

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