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Combination therapy shows promising results in patients with advanced lung cancer

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"I think the results of this early phase study are promising and I anticipate we'll have a better understanding of Tarceva resistance in the near future," she said.

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death in both men and women and accounts for about 29 percent of all cancer deaths. This year alone, 174,470 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States. Of those, 162,460 will die, according to the American Cancer Society.

Only about 15 percent of people who get lung cancer reach five-year survival. Those with advanced disease usually survive less than a year.

"It's crucial that we develop better treatments for this disease," Reckamp said.


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Source:University of California - Los Angeles


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