Breathe Deep Race Supports Fight Against Lung Cancer

Why Do Healthy Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer?

Lexi Fenton, who runs for Palm Beach Atlantic University , took first place (22:17) while her teammate Jessica Sexton came in second (22:46), followed by Coral Springs resident Christine Hiler (23:41). “I love this race and winning three races in row is very special,” Souza said. “I enjoy coming back here because this is such a great cause and I like to be able to help people.” Lasher attended St. Coleman and is very comfortable with the surroundings. The Cardinal Gibbons sophomore runs track and is also on the basketball team. “I wanted to go out fast and set the pace but after the second mile I felt it in my legs and he (Souza) passed me,” Lasher said.
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Clinicians ‘nihilistic’ toward lung cancer patients

Thats because the marketing of cigarettes to women was even more sophisticated and relentless than for men. Light and slim cigarettes, promoted as being less harmful than regular cigarettes (which was never true), enticed women, as did the heavily promoted myth that smoking is the best form of weight control. Smoking was promoted as a way of creating bonds of friendship, and as a symbol of freedom and independence. Manufacturers rode on the coattails of the womens liberation movement. This approach was embodied by the legendary ad campaign for Virginia Slims, with its catchphrase: Youve come a long way, baby. There are numerous carcinogens in cigarettes and other tobacco products but the lag between exposure (and the cellular damage) and development of cancer is often 20 to 30 years.
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Lung cancer victims’ roles in asbestos legal scams

Patients who test positive for that mutation respond better to the targeted therapy Tarceva than standard chemotherapy. Young people and non-smokers with lung cancer also frequently have mutations in the ALK and ROS1 genes, which respond well to a new targeted drug called Xalkori. “We’re confused when someone that hasn’t smoked and hasn’t even been alive long enough to be exposed to anything toxic gets lung cancer.” Oxnard says than half of all young lung cancer patients have a mutation in their tumors for which a drug exists to block the mutation’s actions. This was not the case for either Taylor or Nunez, both of whom were successfully treatedfor nowwith a standard course of chemotherapy to stay the disease. Just bad luck, I guess, Nunez says. But surely it is more than that.
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Which brings us back to McCarthy. Her claim for asbestos exposure is that when she was young, her father and her brother worked as boilermakers, and she came into contact with asbestos dust because they all lived under the same roof. Plus, she says in her legal filing, she visited and picked up my father and brother at the various work sites, including Navy Yards, Bridges, Hospitals, Schools, Powerhouses, and other sites where I breathed the asbestos dust. Her lawyer at Weitz & Luxenberg, which has feasted for decades on asbestos lawsuits, told the New York Post that it has been conclusively proven that cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure act synergistically to cause lung cancer. Actually, it hasnt been: There are plenty of studies saying there is no synergy at all. At best, the science is muddled. Not that that matters. No doubt McCarthys lawsuit will be bundled by her law firm with other cases to force a company that had nothing to do with her disease to pay up.
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Among women, Canadians lead the Western world in lung-cancer deaths

Specifically, clinicians considered patients with lung cancer to be more difficult to treat, have a poorer quality of life, and a greater symptom burden than other cancer patients, and these negative perceptions persisted even when unsupported by objective evidence. [B]y suggesting a subtle, potentially real, underlying bias and nihilism, these findings are provocative and should be further investigated for confirmation and exploration of their underpinnings, write Heidi Hamann (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA) and co-authors in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. Hamanns team analyzed data on 3106 patients with solid tumors who had participated in the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Symptom Outcomes and Practice Patterns study. The tumor site was lung in 17%, breast in 50%, colorectal in 23%, and prostate in 10% of patients. Analysis of patient assessments found that lung cancer patients rated their quality of life as significantly worse and their symptoms as more severe than patients with any of the other tumor types. Meanwhile, clinicians were approximately five times more likely to report difficulties in caring for patients with lung cancer as those with other diseases. Clinicians were also 3.6 times more likely to perceive a poor quality of life and 3.2 times more likely to perceive weight difficulties in patients with lung cancer than in those with other tumors.
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