at UC Davis Cancer Center are improving lung cancer treatment
any doctor: Lung cancer is a tough disease. There are no good screening
tests, so it's typically found after it has spread. And it tends
to be diagnosed among people who have emphysema, asthma or other
lung problems caused by years of smoking, making treatment difficult.
tough though it may be, scientists are making headway against the
tobacco-related disease. At the UC Davis Cancer Center, clinical
researchers are investigating new approaches to chemotherapy and
radiation, the mainstays of treatment when lung cancer becomes inoperable.
The results of these efforts - while preliminary - are encouraging.
"Lung cancer can be cured," said David Gandara, a lung
cancer researcher and professor of medicine at the UC Davis School
of Medicine and Medical Center. "The key is early diagnosis.
I see patients in our studies all the time who are cured. We have
lung cancer patients who are 10 and 15 years out of treatment without
recurrences. It's a difficult disease but that doesn't mean we can't
have good outcomes."
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