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Circulating Tumor Cells Reveal Insights Into Lung Cancers
Date:7/2/2008

Two other studies looking at lung cancer are published in the July issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

One, a review of existing studies, concluded that analyzing so-called volatile organic compounds in the breath of lung cancer patients may hold promise as a tool to detect cancer earlier. The technique deserves further attention, said researchers from the Cleveland Clinic.

For the second study, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found certain socioeconomic factors that may contribute to a higher death rate among blacks with non-small cell lung cancer. These included a higher smoking rate among blacks patients than white patients; a greater delay to the start of treatment among blacks; and less willingness to undergo chemotherapy among blacks than their white counterparts.

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Visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute for more on lung cancer.



SOURCES: Daniel A. Haber, M.D., Ph.D., director, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston; Len Horovitz, M.D., pulmonary specialist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; July 24, 2008, New England Journal of Medicine; Dec. 20, 2007, Nature


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