Latest In Research

The good news is that treatment options for lung cancer patients are rapidly improving. In the last two years, more treatments have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of lung cancer than had been approved in the prior ten years. New and life saving treatments, along with clinical trials, are happening rapidly and LCFA is committed to keeping you up to date on the latest, most hopeful and helpful, information.

09/4
2019

Entrectinib approved for ROS1 and NTRK

From Drugs.com: FDA Approves Entrectinib for People With ROS1-Positive, Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and NTRK Gene Fusion-Positive Solid Tumors Entrectinib approval Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, today announced…

09/4
2019

Liquid Biopsy: Are We Ready for a ‘Blood-First’ Approach?

From: IASLC Lung Cancer News Although the discovery of liquid biopsy testing looks to be a promising, non-invasive test to determine a patient's biomarkers, it hasn't been adopted into the mainstream quite yet. Targeted therapy has …

08/9
2019

Long-Term Survival for EGFR+

From Targeted Oncology Sequential afatinib (Gilotrif) followed by osimertinib (Tagrisso) has demonstrated a long-term overall survival (OS) of close to 4 years in patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have EGFR&nbs…

07/24
2019

Blood Test Could Identify Potential Lung Cancer Markers

From Massachusetts General Hospital Blood test to ID lung cancer By examining both blood samples and tumor tissues from patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have iden…

07/3
2019

Clinical Trial Navigators

From The New York Times Fewer than 5 percent of cancer patients participate in research that could improve care. Clinical Trial Navigators could help patients find the right studies. Since a Phase I trial has prolonged my life for al…

06/26
2019

FDA approves Keytruda for SCLC

FDA approves Keytruda The FDA approved pembrolizumab monotherapy for patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer that progressed on or after platinum-based chemotherapy and at least one other prior line of therapy. This marks…

05/24
2019

The Relationship Between Air Pollution and Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

From Science Direct Relationship between air pollution and lung cancer in nonsmokers - is there one? For never-smokers (smoked <100 lifetime cigarettes), lung cancer  has emerged as an important issue. We aimed to investigate the …

05/22
2019

What good is it to be able to cure cancer if we routinely fail to deliver that cure?

From MedScape 'How Could We Fail so Miserably?' Real-World Evidence Offers Sobering Reality We are doing an unconscionably poor job of delivering appropriate targeted therapies to our patients. That's the only conclusion I can draw, bas…

05/10
2019

Artificial intelligence and cancer

From Fred Hutch News Service New study tests ability of natural language processing to search lung cancer patients’ records for treatable mutations When rural Minnesota music teacher Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach started getting winded while…

05/10
2019

Know Your Genes: Testing for Genomic Mutations in Lung Cancer

From Cure Today Testing for genomic mutations in lung cancer helps pinpoint targeted therapies. Amanda Nerstad was 39 years old and a busy working mother of two young children when she learned she had metastatic lung cancer in 2016. She was…

Research is imperative to improve treatment and management of all diseases and that’s particularly true of lung cancer. It’s creation of new knowledge, it’s discovery. It’s how we learn how to improve management of symptoms, to improve survival. ~Dr. David Johnson