DENVER – Malignant mesothelioma is a form of cancer that invades the lining of the lung or chest cavity and is often caused by exposure to carcinogenic mineral fibers such as asbestos and erionite (a natural mineral found in volcanic ash). The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is joining other organizations in support of Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26 to raise greater public awareness for this disease.

September 2016 Newsletter

As I write this, we are in the midst of a successful Olympic games held in Rio de Janeiro, and looking forward to the IASLC's 7th Latin American Conference on Lung Cancer (LALCA).

DENVER – The combined use of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) identified non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with rare or novel anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangements, not otherwise identified by FISH alone, that showed response to crizotinib treatment.

DENVER – Analysis of a large non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patient cohort with stage IV M1a disease identified lymph node staging as having clinical significance and an impact on prognosis.

DENVER – Leptomeningeal metastases (LM), a devastating complication and predictor of poor survival in lung cancer patients, was found to be more prevalent in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. Patients receiving tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) targeting EGFR mutations had a longer overall survival (OS) than those who did not receive TKIs, demonstrating the effectiveness of TKIs for LM therapy.

August 2016 Newsletter

Every day I spend in my lung cancer clinic I see happy and sad stories.