July 2016 Newsletter

With the recent announcement that a first-line immunotherapy trial for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is positive for survival improvement, I can see the standard of care for lung cancer patients radically changing over the next few years.

BETHESDA, MD. — June 28, 2016 — The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), and the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) announced today the open comment period for the revised evidence-based guideline, “Molecular Testing Guideline for Selection of Lung Cancer Patients for EGFR and ALK Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors.”

DENVER – The use of adjuvant chemotherapy in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients improves overall survival (OS) and 5-year OS in patients with tumor sizes ranging from 3.1 – 7 cm.

DENVER – The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) praises the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to approve the first blood test to detect an oncogenic driver mutation in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This marks a significant step forward in lung cancer treatment. The cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 detects epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations and the FDA approved. It is a blood-based companion diagnostic for the EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor erlotinib (Tarceva).

June 2016 Newsletter

IASLC‘s Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC) was held in mid-May in beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand.

DENVER – The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) in supporting World No Tobacco Day, held May 31, 2016 and reinforces the push for “plain packaging” on cigarette containers. Plain packaging aims to reduce the attractiveness and appeal of tobacco products, to increase the noticeability and effectiveness of mandated health warnings, and to educate consumers about the dangers of smoking.