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Lung cancer patients may benefit from new tumor staging process

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Editor: Brenda Fulmer, Attorney at Law

Firm: Alley, Clark, Greiwe & Fulmer

September 25, 2007

By Brenda Fulmer

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Category: Cigarettes / Tobacco

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths around the world, claiming 1.3 million lives each year. Statistics show that nearly 60% of people die within one year of diagnosis. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp A new system that classifies many tumors as more treatable than in year's past will provide thousands of lung cancer patients with new options.

The new guidelines, which will overhaul a decades-old staging method, are expected to be adopted within the next year. Among the changes expected: creating more sub-stages for tumor size, reassigning some large tumors to a more advanced stage, reclassifying tumors that have spread into the fluid surrounding the lung, and recognizing that spread of cancer to certain lymph nodes is more dangerous than its spread to others.

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