Interview with Charu Aggarwal, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Pennsylvania Health System and Liza Villaruz, MD Hematology/Oncology Specialist University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
At the annual ASCO meeting in Chicago, Illinois John Ratzenberger, Lung Cancer Advocate, posed questions to two lung cancer experts. The questions were asked by lung cancer patients, caregivers, and John. The questions are as follows:
“Is there a difference between external and internal factors that lead to gene mutations?” – Jack
“Is nivolumab safe to be used concurrently with radiation therapy?” – Susan
“How can a single biopsy accurately profile a tumor for target therapy? If a tumor can mutate in multiple ways, how do we know our profile, as identified in the biopsy results, reflect the true nature of the tumor therefore allow me to get the best treatment?” – Mark (Stage 3b, adenocarcinoma, non EGFR, non alk patient)
“Does knowing your molecular mutation at earlier stage lung cancer have any significance in selecting a treatment?” – Nancy
Immunotherapy and the importance of chemotherapy today.
What is changing in the landscape of lung cancer?
“My husband has lost his sense of taste, any advice you can offer?” – Kathy
“What if a specific treatment is not part of the clinic’s pathway? How does a patient learn about other potential options?” – Sarah
“I have scar tissue in my lung from the lobectomy. Is it a breeding ground for germs? I frequently have bronchitis and other bacterial infections. Is there treatment for the scar tissue to prevent infection?” – Berkley
“Could you please discuss the cons of multiple tumor removal surgeries from lungs and the effects on lung capacity and future cancer treatment options?” – Hillary
“I’m currently taking AZD-9291 Tagrisso. When I start to show progression, what next form of treatment is being offered? Are there any new trial studies being offered as a next step?” – Donna
Has there been an increase in the number of studies for the research of lung cancer in the past few years?
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