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Reported May 18, 2005

Combo Therapies for Lung Cancer

By Heather Kohn, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A combination therapy -- such as radiation and chemotherapy followed by surgery -- is best for lung cancer patients whose lung cancer has spread to their lymph nodes, report researchers from Loyola University Health System in Chicago. They say this is the best approach for patients whose lung cancer can be removed by just taking out a portion of the lung.

Results from a study of 194 patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation and 202 patients receiving the same followed by surgery show 27 percent of the latter group are alive after five years, compared to 20 percent of patients who had chemotherapy and radiation only. The radiation/chemotherapy/surgery group also was less likely to have cancer come back and remained cancer-free longer.

Researchers say, “Patients with non-small cell lung cancer whose cancer is locally advanced have two options to consider that offer a better chance of survival than would be the case after surgery or radiation alone.â€

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