Administering chemotherapy before radiotherapy is linked with increased overall survival for patients with NSCLC with disease metastasis after undergoing resection.

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Researchers compared long-term health-related quality of life (QoL) in patients with advanced lung or gastrointestinal cancer after administration of either chemotherapy or placebo, published in The Lancet (online August 21, 2017; doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(17)30471-0).

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By Will Boggs MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy is associated with shorter hospital stay and non-inferior long-term survival in patients with stage 1 non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), compared with open lobectomy, according to findings from the National Cancer Data Base.

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Specific gene rearrangements associated with increased resistance to standard therapy may predict different metastasis distributions in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to research published in JCO Precision Oncology (online August 16, 2017; doi:10.1200/PO.17.00063).

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Patients with cancer who are suffering from depression may be less responsive to cancer drugs and less tolerant of their side-effects, a new study shows.

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Two of the most common chemotherapy regimens may be comparable in terms of efficacy when used in combination with radiotherapy for treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology.

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