DENVER – The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is pleased to announce that there have been a record number of scientific abstracts for the 6th Latin American Conference on Lung Cancer (LALCA). With 151 submissions, this looks to be a great conference for science and education in Latin America.
DENVER - Investigators of the COSMOS (Continuous Observation of SMOking Subjects) study show good compliance and patient survival outcomes using a 5-year low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening protocol in individuals at high-risk of developing lung cancer. This protocol had fewer patients requiring further diagnostic follow-up compared to other studies, including the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST), with a minimal number of incorrect diagnoses.
DENVER - Examination and review of several studies that evaluated patient-centered outcomes for individuals undergoing low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for lung cancer found that screening does not appear to significantly influence overall health-related quality of life or result in long-term changes in anxiety or distress, but that positive results in the short-term, do increase distress levels.
DENVER – The definition of distinct subgroups has not been as successful in small cell lung cancer (SCLC) as it has been in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Investigators have now described the clinical, pathologic, and molecular characteristics in a subgroup of SCLCs in never-smoking patients.
DENVER – Refined models have been developed to better predict outcomes for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma who are candidates for cytoreductive surgery. These prognostic models may provide a more accurate and minimally invasive method for predicting outcomes for patients who are surgical candidates, as well as determine patients who may benefit from chemotherapy.
DENVER – Investigators have identified the molecular mechanisms underlying RET rearrangement, a genetic alteration recognized as a driver mutation in a small subset of lung adenocarcinoma.