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News: Lung Cancer

Lung cancer patients and advocates visit VUMC research labs

Friday, June 15th, 2018

A group of young lung cancer patients and their family members recently toured research laboratories to learn how investigators are working to find better therapies and possibly a cure for the disease.

$8.1 million grant funds new center to research highly aggressive form of lung cancer

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

The grant from the National Cancer Institute, establishes a research center for advancing the understanding and treatment of small cell lung cancer. Vito Quaranta, M.D., will direct the new center.

New research finds lung cancer risk drops substantially within five years of quitting smoking

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

The risk of lung cancer drops substantially within five years of quitting, according to a new analysis of the landmark Framingham Heart Study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

New method to thwart false positives in CT-lung cancer screening

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

A new technology may allow doctors to better distinguish benign from malignant lung nodules in CT-based lung cancer screening.

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Lung cancer is the most deadly cancer in the United States – but high-tech imaging now lets smokers get checked for early signs of lung cancer. Finding lung cancer in its earliest stages makes it far easier to treat.

Lovly earns scholarship grant for lung cancer research

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Christine Lovly, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine, has received a $200,000 grant to support promising new research on lung cancer.

Lung screening program continues to grow

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Lung Screening Program for patients at high risk for cancer recently reached a milestone, enrolling more than 700 patients and performing more than 1,000 CT screening examinations.

Catching the nation’s deadliest cancer; how lung screening can help

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Lung screening improves odds for lung cancer survival. Learn who should be screened.

Radiation and pulmonary fibrosis

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis — tissue scarring that can permanently impair lung function — limits the delivery of therapeutic radiation doses to non-small cell lung cancer. To develop strategies for preventing or reducing fibrosis, Michael Freeman, Ph.D., and colleagues are exploring the cell types and factors that contribute to the radiation-induced fibrotic response.

Smoking study personalizes treatment

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

A simple blood test is allowing Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) researchers to determine which patients should be prescribed varenicline (Chantix) to stop smoking and which patients could do just as well, and avoid side effects, by using a nicotine patch.

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