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Last updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2005

In the wake of newscaster Peter Jennings' death from lung cancer last week and Dana Reeve's diagnosis with the disease, the US National Cancer Institute has announced an aggressive plan to end lung cancer's "suffering and death" by 2015, Newsday report.

The campaign will consist of three parts: more effective tobacco control; improving the likelihood of cure through early detection; and, relying on cutting-edge "targeted therapies" to more precisely treat the disease, the newspaper said.

Dr Mark Clanton, deputy director of the National Cancer Institute, said his agency has been working on the programme for more than a year. But the announcements concerning Jennings and Reeve, the widow of actor Christopher Reeve, should give the campaign added impetus, he said.

One of the keys to the campaign will be developing early detection and treatments that rely on nanotechnology. "Nanomedicine is about engineering particles or substances or devices on the order 100 000 times smaller than (the diameter of a) human hair," Clanton told the newspaper.

These microscopic particles can be designed to zero in on cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched, Newsday said. – (HealthDayNews) Visit our Cancer Centre for more information.

August 2005

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