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Lung Cancer Research

There is extensive collaboration between lung cancer clinicians and researchers develop and evaluate new therapies designed to improve survival and quality of life outcomes. City of Hope patients have access to a wide variety of clinical trials ranging from new chemotherapy and targeted therapies, hormone therapies, novel surgical techniques and new radiation approaches — all focused on enhancing lung cancer treatment, detection and prevention.
 
Some of our current research projects include:
 
  • Our researchers are currently studying markers of metastatic potential within lymph nodes of patients with completely resected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This allows them to better understand how the tumor and the immune system interact to facilitate cancer spread. By understanding these mechanisms, targeted molecules can then be developed to block tumor metastasis and improve survival.
  • As we gain knowledge into the biology of lung cancer, our clinicians have also incorporated the evaluation of biomarkers into our trials to better tailor therapies to our patients, particularly those with advanced disease.
  • The signaling pathway cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) plays a key role in lung tumor growth, spread and therapy resistance, so our researchers developed a drug trial to see if the COX-2 inhibitor, celecoxib, can improve outcomes by enhancing the effectiveness of another lung cancer drug.
  • Patients with advanced lung cancer frequently have immune system abnormalities, including depletion of the B cells and T cells, which make up the body’s defense system. Our researchers have identified a compound in shiitake mushrooms called beta-glucans that can enhance immune system activity, and City of Hope is conducting a trial to see if it can slow or halt tumor growth in lung cancer patients.
  • Because lung cancer patients are often present with advanced disease that compromises their quality of life, City of Hope researchers are continually investigating and implementing interventions that can support patients and their families through supportive and palliative care.
 
 
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient or contact us at 800-826-HOPE.
 
 
 
 

Research

Lung Cancer Research

There is extensive collaboration between lung cancer clinicians and researchers develop and evaluate new therapies designed to improve survival and quality of life outcomes. City of Hope patients have access to a wide variety of clinical trials ranging from new chemotherapy and targeted therapies, hormone therapies, novel surgical techniques and new radiation approaches — all focused on enhancing lung cancer treatment, detection and prevention.
 
Some of our current research projects include:
 
  • Our researchers are currently studying markers of metastatic potential within lymph nodes of patients with completely resected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This allows them to better understand how the tumor and the immune system interact to facilitate cancer spread. By understanding these mechanisms, targeted molecules can then be developed to block tumor metastasis and improve survival.
  • As we gain knowledge into the biology of lung cancer, our clinicians have also incorporated the evaluation of biomarkers into our trials to better tailor therapies to our patients, particularly those with advanced disease.
  • The signaling pathway cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) plays a key role in lung tumor growth, spread and therapy resistance, so our researchers developed a drug trial to see if the COX-2 inhibitor, celecoxib, can improve outcomes by enhancing the effectiveness of another lung cancer drug.
  • Patients with advanced lung cancer frequently have immune system abnormalities, including depletion of the B cells and T cells, which make up the body’s defense system. Our researchers have identified a compound in shiitake mushrooms called beta-glucans that can enhance immune system activity, and City of Hope is conducting a trial to see if it can slow or halt tumor growth in lung cancer patients.
  • Because lung cancer patients are often present with advanced disease that compromises their quality of life, City of Hope researchers are continually investigating and implementing interventions that can support patients and their families through supportive and palliative care.
 
 
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient or contact us at 800-826-HOPE.
 
 
 
 
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About the Lung Cancer Program


Karen Reckamp, M.D., M.S., co-director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program, discusses lung cancer treatment and research at City of Hope.
What’s in cigarette smoke?
Did you know that there are more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke? Hundreds are toxic and at least 70 are known to cause cancer.
 
 
Lung Cancer Videos
 
Already a breast cancer survivor, Susan was shocked to learn she'd been diagnosed with lung cancer, though she had never smoked. But she didn't give up hope. Watch Susan's story »
 
Learn more about City of Hope's lung cancer treatments and research by watching the Lung Cancer YouTube playlist »
 
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