Also, the analysis doesn't examine side effects. However, Ramalingam said the side effects of the treatments are known "and can be managed with appropriate supportive care measures in both settings."
Now, a new analysis of existing research finds that traditional chemotherapy outperforms newer, targeted treatments in delaying the time until the cancer worsens for these patients. However, chemo doesn't extend their Omega Seamaster Watch Band
Still, in this group of patients, even in the late stages of the disease, "chemotherapy appears to have a modest advantage," Ramalingam said.
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Because patients weren't randomized to one treatment or the other, the study cannot be considered conclusive.
Overall, half of those on traditional chemotherapy lasted 6.4 months or more before their cancer worsened, the study found. But that midpoint, or median, of progression free survival was just 4.5 months for those who took medications that help lung cancer patients with the mutation erlotinib (Tarceva) and gefitinib (Iressa).
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Chemo Might Give Certain Lung Cancer Patients an Edge
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People with advanced non small cell lung cancer typically survive for only 10 to 12 months, said Dr. Suresh Ramalingam, a professor of medical oncology at Omega Seamaster 300 Homage
However, the length of time patients lived after the treatment wasn't appreciably different between the two groups.
"Improvements in outcome Omega Speedmaster 38mm Cappuccino Price for lung cancer have mostly come in incremental steps," said Ramalingam. "An improvement in survival by a few months is still valuable for what was considered an untreatable disease not too long ago."
Patients with non small cell lung cancer make up 85 percent to 90 percent of lung cancer patients. Some of them have a mutation in a gene that makes their tumors more responsive to medications known as epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors. But most patients with non small cell lung cancer do not have this mutation, and doctors have been unsure whether this larger group of patients should get chemo or the targeted medication. Dong Wan Kim, of the department of internal medicine at Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea.
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