Research & Education

Conversation with Dr. David Ball in Conjunction with 2016 Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC)

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), also known as Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR), has been a major development in the treatment of lung cancer in the last few years. It holds the promise of not only curing early-stage operable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but does so with minimal toxicity and offers the patient more comfort and convenience.

Conversation with Dr. Natthaya Triphuridet in Conjunction with 2016 Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC)

The survival rate for lung cancer is strongly related to the stage of the disease. The earlier its detection, the better its survival rate. “Currently, low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is the standard technique for lung cancer screening. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), launched in 2002, found that screening with LDCT resulted in a 15-20 percent lower lung cancer-specific mortality and 6.7 percent lower all-cause mortality relative to chest radiography (X-ray) over a median of 6.5 years of follow-up,” said Dr. Natthaya Triphuridet, Pulmonologist and Assistant Director for Medical Affairs at Chulabhorn Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Triphuridet is among the faculty members of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC 2016).

Conversation with Dr. Paul A. Bunn, Jr. in Conjunction with the 2016 Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC)

“Historically most patients of lung cancer were smokers with advanced lung disease, advanced cancer, and treatments were not very successful. So there was a high degree of pessimism about lung cancer and lung cancer therapy. There was no way to diagnose lung cancer early, and most patients presented with metastatic disease which could not be cured thereby further increasing the pessimism about it,” said Dr. Paul A. Bunn Jr, Distinguished Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Colorado and James Dudley Chair in Lung Cancer Research, USA. Dr. Bunn is also the former President of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), former CEO of IASLC, former President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the 2016 ASCO David A. Karnofsky Award recipient.

Conversation with Dr. Prakit Vathesatogkit in Conjunction with 2016 Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC)

“As lung cancer treatment outcomes are difficult and five-year survival is historically low, preventing lung cancer is a top public health priority. Up to 90 percent of lung cancer cases stem from tobacco use. Therefore, effective implementation of evidence-based and comprehensive tobacco control policies will make a huge difference in slashing new cases of lung cancer as well as preventing a large number of other diseases, disabilities, and premature deaths attributed to tobacco use,” said Dr. Prakit Vathesatogkit, Executive Secretary of Action on Smoking and Health Foundation of Thailand.

Highlights of the 2016 Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC)

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND - The 2016 IASLC Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC) is being organized under the aegis of International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), Thai Society of Clinical Oncology (TSCO), Chiang Mai Lung Cancer Group, Faculty of Medicine at the Chiang Mai University (CMU) and the local organizing committee of APLCC 2016.

Validation of an IHC Screening Tool for ROS1 Gene Rearrangements

DENVER – Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is an effective tool that can be used for identifying proto-oncogene 1 receptor tyrosine kinase (ROS1) gene rearrangements and screening patients for the administration of the targeted therapy crizotinib, a small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor.