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Fox Chase researchers identify differences in treatments and outcomes of patients with second primary lung cancers versus those with one primary lung cancer
Date:8/1/2009

reatment of OPLC versus SPLC was 68% versus 87% with surgery, 31% versus 20% with radiation therapy, and 12% versus 12% with both surgery and radiation therapy. At the time of the last follow up, 56% of OPLC and 67% of SPLC were deceased. The leading cause of death in patients with OPLC versus SPLC was 64% versus 76% from lung cancershowing that those with SPLC have a 12% higher lung cancer specific mortality.

"Curing second primary lung cancers is crucial in the long term care of lung cancer survivors. We should continue to follow lung cancer survivors after 5 years to detect second cancers earlier. It's unclear why SPLC are more likely to die from lung cancer even though they present with earlier disease. Perhaps they have less reserve, limited treatment options for the second treatment, or simply, that they are older. We need to study this more carefully in future clinical trials." adds Li.


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Contact: Diana Quattrone
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
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