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Is it lung cancer? This blood test can tell

Is it lung cancer? This blood test can tell

Some cancers — particularly lung cancer — are often detected incidentally, after unrelated medical exams. In many cases, it is difficult to tell the malign from benign tumors, except by using invasive methods such as a biopsy. However, one blood test that can rule out cancer may be the game-changer that we require. One simple […]

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Added to chemotherapy, this drug doubles lung cancer survival

Added to chemotherapy, this drug doubles lung cancer survival

A new study suggests that combining chemotherapy with a drug that boosts the immune system may help individuals who have a particularly aggressive form of lung cancer to live longer without the disease progressing. Chemotherapy combined with pembrolizumab, an immunotherapy drug, boosted survival among certain lung cancer patients. The new phase III clinical trial demonstrated […]

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Dual attack with two existing drugs destroys lung cancer

Dual attack with two existing drugs destroys lung cancer

Breaking research concludes that the use of two existing drugs could successfully treat certain lung cancers. The study delves deep into the molecular survival kit of lung tumors. Understanding how lung tumors survive and grow leads to an innovative new treatment. Lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, […]

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New drug attacks cancer-causing genes

New drug attacks cancer-causing genes

Two recent papers attack two cancer-related problems using the same drug. They hope that it might improve survival in breast and lung cancer and halt obesity-related cancers. Research gives a deeper insight into the molecular changes associated with cancer. Researchers from Michigan State University in East Lansing are using novel molecular routes to attack cancer. […]

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How lung cancer cells disguise themselves to evade chemo

How lung cancer cells disguise themselves to evade chemo

New research has revealed the chameleonic abilities of lung cancer cells: by adopting the traits of cells from other major organs, lung cancer cells may escape chemotherapy. The findings open up paths for more targeted therapies. Cancer cells (shown here with lymphocytes) may have the ability to change their appearance and behavior to escape treatment. […]

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What does it mean when your left lung hurts?

What does it mean when your left lung hurts?

The lungs do not have a significant amount of pain receptors, which means that any pain felt in the lungs probably originates somewhere else in the body. However, some lung-related conditions can result in pain in the left lung. The chest contains several vital organs, including the heart and lungs. Because of this, it is […]

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Lung cancer tumor growth halved with new approach

Lung cancer tumor growth halved with new approach

New research from Sweden has taken strides toward finding a cure for lung cancer. It focused on noncoding molecules that have been puzzling scientists for a long time. Noncoding RNA may be the place to look for a cancer cure, new research suggests. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), lung cancer caused around 25.9 […]

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Have scientists found an anti-cancer vaccine?

Have scientists found an anti-cancer vaccine?

Researchers from Stanford University used stem cells to create a vaccine that has proven effective against breast, lung, and skin cancer in mice. Humans may soon benefit from an anti-cancer shot, researchers say. To produce the vaccine, the scientists turned to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), or stem cells that are generated from adult cells. […]

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What to know about interstitial lung disease

What to know about interstitial lung disease

Interstitial lung disease is the name given to a group of conditions that cause inflammation and scar tissue in the lungs, making it harder for them to work. The airways, air sacs, outer aspect of the lungs, and the blood vessels may be affected as well. The condition causes people to feel breathless, and it […]

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Thoracotomy: Procedures and recovery

Thoracotomy: Procedures and recovery

A thoracotomy is a type of surgery that is carried out on a person’s chest. It is often used during the treatment of lung cancer. This article looks at the various uses of a thoracotomy, how the procedure works, and what the outlook is after surgery. What is a thoracotomy? A thoracotomy may be required […]