SAN CARLOS, Calif. (March 1, 2016) — The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) today announced the first ever $300,000 ALCF-IASLC Joint International Fellowship Award for The Early Detection of Lung Cancer to Robin Mjelle, PhD, researcher at the Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

DENVER – Metabolic phenotyping of blood plasma by proton nuclear magnetic resonance (H-NMR) identified unique metabolic biomarkers specific to lung cancer patients and allowed for the accurate identification of a cohort of patients with early and late-stage lung cancer.

DENVER – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved VENTANA anti-ALK(D5F3)CDx performed more accurately than another commonly used immunohistochemistry (IHC) assay, based on the use of the 5A4 clone, for the selection of patients eligible to receive ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment.

DENVER – Preliminary research has identified autoantibodies, immune proteins found in the blood specific for one’s own proteins, that can potentially detect lung cancer early by distinguishing between smokers with or without lung cancer and also discriminate between lung cancer and low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) detected non-cancerous lung lesions.

February 2016 Newsletter

With the start of a new year, we see new opportunities on the horizon with lung cancer treatments and we must work to maximize their impact and potential. With the approval of alectinib and osimertinib, we continue to see the rapid rise in the options available to our patients, and your IASLC continues its commitment to educate the oncology community and patients on these new developments.

DENVER – Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with common epidermal growth factor (EGFR) mutations and brain metastases showed improved progression-free survival (PFS) and response from the EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) afatinib compared to standard platinum doublet chemotherapy.