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Commit to Quit

by Danielle Peereboom, MPH, Jody Nicoloso, BA, and Frank Leone, MD, MS

Many smokers who have been diagnosed with cancer continue to smoke, though they may not understand why.. Is this the situation you’re finding yourself in? Have you ever wondered why you don’t have the will­power to just stop already? The answer can be found by examining the addictive effect of nicotine on the brain.

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FDA Approves New Treatment for a Type of Late-stage Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Gilotrif (afatinib) for patients with late stage (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors express specific types of epidermal epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test.

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Set the Stage for a Smoke-Free Life

by Amanda Palmer, BA, and Benjamin Toll, PhD

Many people with cancer who smoke feel it is too late to quit smoking. The truth is it’s never too late to quit. And quitting smoking may actually improve the effectiveness of your treatments while helping you live a healthier life.

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Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Different types of treat­ments are available for people with non-small cell lung cancer. Surgery, radiation therapy, chemo­therapy, targeted therapy, laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery, electrocautery, and watchful waiting are the nine standard treatments used for this cancer.

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Steps to Help You Stop Smoking for Good

by Thomas H. Brandon, PhD, and Vani Nath Simmons, PhD

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, some people feel that there is no longer any point to quitting smoking, that it is now too late. However, it is never too late to quit smoking. Indeed, quitting smoking can be especially important for cancer survivors.

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American Lung Association Resource Offers Lung Cancer Patients and Caregivers

The American Lung Association has launched Facing Lung Cancer: Support from Day One, a new patient- and caregiver-focused, web-based lung cancer information resource. This online tool offers interactive features that address specific topics of interest for people living with lung cancer and their loved ones. 

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Patient Advocate Foundation Receives Support to Aid Lung Cancer Survivors through Its Co-Pay Relief Program

The Patient Advocate Foundation has received a generous contribution that will allow the Foundation to continue to support people with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer within its Co-Pay Relief Program. The program provides direct financial support for pharmaceutical co-payments to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who financially and medically qualify, significantly reducing the financial burden associated with high medication costs.

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Health and Prognosis Not Taken Into Account When Treating Older People with Lung Cancer

The study, published in the Jour­nal of Clinical Oncology, found that treatment rates decreased more in association with advancing age than with the worsening of other illnesses. People between the ages of 65 and 74 who were severely ill from other illnesses, and thus less likely to benefit and more likely to be harmed from cancer treatment, received treatment at roughly the same rate as those in the same age range with no comorbidities.

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