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Colorado study finds focused radiation can prolong disease control in lung cancer patients developing areas of drug-resistance

  • Posted: December 3, 2012

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the December issue of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer’s (IASLC) Journal of Thoracic Oncology shows that when pockets of resistant cancer develop, it’s often possible to zap these resistant pockets with focused, targeted radiation while continuing crizotinib or erlotinib to maintain control of the majority of the disease that continues to depend on the primary mutation.

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NCI comprehensive cancer centers logoAmong the research institutions NCI funds across the United States, it currently designates 67 as Cancer Centers. Largely based in research universities, these facilities are home to many of the NCI-supported scientists who conduct a wide range of intense, laboratory research into cancer’s origins and development. The Cancer Centers Program also focuses on trans-disciplinary research, including population science and clinical research. The centers’ research results are often at the forefront of studies in the cancer field.