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Cell Therapeutics lung cancer drug helps women

Lung CancerSep 27 05

Cell Therapeutics Inc. on Tuesday said a mid-stage trial of it experimental lung cancer drug showed a significant survival benefit for women, sending its shares soaring more than 40 percent.

In the recently completed study, Cell Therapeutics said the 35 women with advanced non-small cell lung cancer who received its Xyotax plus the chemotherapy carboplatin had a 36 percent probability of living at least one year.

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Smoking reduction can lower lung cancer risk

Lung CancerSep 27 05

Even if they can’t quit, heavy smokers can decrease their risk of lung cancer if they cut down the number of cigarettes they smoke per day, investigators report in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Nina S. Godtfredsen, from Hvidovre Hospital, and her associates in Denmark conducted a population-based study among 19,714 subjects who were followed for up to 31 years.

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Indoor air pollution heightens lung cancer risk

Lung CancerAug 19 05

While uncommon in developed nations, heating and cooking indoors with solid fuels contributes to an increased risk of developing Lung Cancer, according to the results of a multicenter study.

“High levels of indoor air pollution, which however are unlikely to occur today in industrialized countries, may contribute to Lung Cancer risk,” Dr. Jolanta Lissowska told Reuters Health. “This effect, however, is small compared to that of tobacco smoking.”

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Calif court lets stand $50 million tobacco verdict

Lung CancerAug 12 05

The California Supreme Court on Thursday let stand a lower court’s decision that cut in half a $100 million punitive damages award to a sick smoker who had sued tobacco maker Philip Morris.

The Supreme Court voted 5-0 to not review the decision of the Second District Court of Appeal, which in April reduced the massive punitive award and upheld compensatory damages of more than $5 million to plaintiff Richard Boeken.

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Lung cancer kills more Victorian women

Lung CancerAug 12 05

Lung Cancer is expected to overtake breast cancer as Victoria’s leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

The Cancer Council has released figures showing Lung Cancer killed more than 1,100 men and nearly 700 women in Victoria in 2003.

The figure represents a slight increase on the previous year.

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