Despite Utah's low smoking rate, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in Utah. In addition, lung cancer in people who have used tobacco and people who have never smoked behaves differently. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute wanted to know why.
Targeted therapy in cancer treatment is often called personalized or precision medicine, according to the National Institutes of Health. Targeted therapies are designed to be more effective and less harmful than other approaches because the drugs are specially designed to meet the individual characteristics of each patient.
John Stringham, MD, recently joined Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah from University of Virginia Health System. A cardiothoracic surgeon, he specializes in lung transplant surgery and also has a special interest in lung cancer surgery for patients with lung failure. He discusses his interests in minimally invasive surgery and why HCI provides hope for patients with lung cancer.
Dr. Martin McMahon and his research group study the genetic mutations that contribute to lung cancer. About 30% of lung cancers can now be treated based on the disease’s specific genetics. McMahon is hopeful that each subset of lung cancer will soon have its own precision treatment.
Information about the harmful effects of tobacco is not new. For example, we know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. You may want to quit, but it can be incredibly hard. If you have tried to quit in the past, or if this is your first time, don’t feel discouraged.
Gurkan Mollaoglu, a graduate student in the Oliver Lab, received an F99 NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award. This prestigious grant recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers.
Radon is a gas that can cause lung cancer. It has no smell and you can’t see it, so you could be breathing it in your home without knowing. Watch this video to learn how to find out whether your home has radon and what you can do to fix it.