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November 2, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 21


Lung Cancer Trial Results Show Mortality Benefit with Low-Dose CT

(UPDATE – November 4, 2010) NCI has released initial results from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), a randomized national trial involving more than 53,000 current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74. The trial compared the effects of two lung cancer screening procedures—low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) and standard chest X-ray—on lung cancer mortality and found 20 percent fewer lung cancer deaths among trial participants screened with low-dose helical CT. Read more >>


CT scans showing a liver IMT before and after 13 weeks of crizotinib treatment (Image courtesy of the New England Journal of Medicine. 2010 Oct 28;363(18):1760-2)Crizotinib Continues to Show Promise for Some Lung Tumors, Faces Challenge of Drug Resistance

New data from a phase I trial of crizotinib, a small-molecule drug that targets cancer-causing chromosomal rearrangements involving the gene ALK, in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) add to positive results presented earlier this year at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. Read more > >


Communications SeriesOncology Nursing Series
Survivorship Series Technology Series

Series Archives Now Available

Last year, the NCI Cancer Bulletin began publishing four new series of articles that focus on the topics of Survivorship, Technology, Communications, and Oncology Nursing. Each series featured an icon that identified the topic. Readers can access a full list of the articles in each series by clicking on the icon. Look for additional articles on these and other topics in the future.




  • FDA Update

    • Labeling Change Includes Warning for a Class of Prostate Cancer Drugs
    • Dasatinib Approved as First-line Treatment for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
    • Trastuzumab Becomes First Targeted Therapy Approved for Stomach Cancer
  • Notes

    • In Memoriam: Joan Mauer, Chief of NCI’s Clinical Trials Monitoring Branch
    • NCI to Co-host Scientific Journalism Workshop in Rio de Janeiro

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