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A Solid Step Toward the Early Detection of Squamous Cell Lung Cancer

Dr. Joshua Campbell has been immersed in the field of lung cancer for several years and wanted to find a better way to diagnose squamous cell lung cancer patients, a subtype of non-small cell lung cancer, while the cancer is in early stages. “There is a huge need for research in this area,” he notes. “Improving early detection techniques will be key to improving survival rates for patients with squamous cell lung cancer.”

Getting Ahead of Inherited Lung Cancer

Zeynep H. Gümüş, PhDMany people with family histories of cancer are getting tested to identify their cancer risk and take action before it starts. For example, the actress Angelina Jolie, who inherited the BRCA1 gene and whose mother died of ovarian cancer, underwent two preventive surgeries to reduce her risk of breast and ovarian cancer, while patients with an increased risk of colon cancer often take a daily dose of aspirin to reduce their risk.

To scan or not to scan: advances in early detection and CT screening

I am sure all of you have heard the phrase “A picture’s worth a thousand words!” I first heard it from my undergraduate biology professor, who always reminded us that each time we looked at an anatomy image in Grey’s Anatomy, we would learn something new. Well, little did I know that I would be using the same phrase in the context of lung cancer screening and computed tomography (CT) screening.

Visualizing the Way to Improve Biopsies for Detecting Lung Cancer

Lida Hariri, MD, PhDAs a pathologist specializing in lung disease at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Lida Hariri’s job is to analyze lung biopsy samples and diagnose patients.  After years of doing this work, she started to notice a pattern. When lung CT scans showed lesions that were difficult to access or too small to biopsy well, many doctors tended to wait and see whether the lesion grew before doing the biopsy.

Research Propelling Cancer Prevention and Cures: Highlights of AACR 2017

I consider myself really privileged. As Director of Research and Policy, I get to attend scientific conferences and report out on the latest research into the early detection and treatment of lung cancer. You may have seen several of my blogs about conferences I have attended. While all of the conferences are interesting, the annual American Association for Cancer Research conference has a special place in my heart.

Combining biomarkers with PET scans—a “one-stop shop” for lung cancer early detection

Viswam Nair, MDEach year Viswam Nair, MD, manages treatment plans for hundreds of patients at Stanford University. A pulmonologist with formal training in epidemiology, Dr. Nair stays current on the latest scientific breakthroughs to offer his patients the best possible outcomes.