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Deaths from Lung Cancer Are Decreasing

Deaths from Lung Cancer Are Decreasing | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Deaths from lung cancer have been decreasing across the U.S., contributing to an overall trend of falling cancer death rates, according to a report coauthored by several major medical and research institutions. Covering the period from 1975 to 2010, the report finds that the decrease in lung cancer deaths has accelerated in recent years. The rate of new lung cancer cases has also fallen, though to a lesser extent. Much of this trend is likely due to the significant reduction in tobacco smoking in past decades, which is producing a delayed effect. The report also showed that the presence of additional illnesses aside from cancer, which can greatly affect outcomes in some other cancer types, has less of an effect on prognosis in lung cancer.

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Medical Xpress  |  Dec 16, 2013

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Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy May be Riskier in Lung Cancer Patients with Large Tumors

Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy May be Riskier in Lung Cancer Patients with Large Tumors | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CRT), which is radiation treatment delivered at the same time as chemotherapy, has been found to be more effective in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) than sequential treatment with chemotherapy before or after irradiation, but also has greater toxic side effects. A retrospective study of patients with stage IIIA/B NSCLC, who had large tumors and/or extensive cancer spread to the lymph nodes, found that large tumors and presence of other illnesses were associated with shorter overall survival after CRT and higher risk of early death during treatment. While NSCLC patients with extensive lymph node involvement, but smaller tumors, may benefit from CRT without excessive risk, patients with large tumors and/or additional illnesses may be better served by alternative treatment approaches.

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Lung Cancer | Jan 26, 2013

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Cancer Screening Less Beneficial in Older Patients

Cancer Screening Less Beneficial in Older Patients | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Although cancer rates increase with age, screening for cancer may not be useful past a certain age. Older patients already have a shorter life expectancy and may die of other causes before the cancer becomes a problem. Indeed, the psychological burden of a cancer diagnosis and the side effects of cancer treatment may unnecessarily lower a person’s quality of life. While the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that colorectal cancer screening and mammograms for breast cancer screening be stopped after age 75 years, a recent study by the National Cancer Institute suggests that a patient’s overall health should be taken into account. An older patient with multiple chronic illnesses will have a lower life expectancy, while a healthy patient the same age may still benefit from cancer screening.

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Time Magazine  |  Nov 20, 2013

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Time Magazine  |  Nov 20, 2013