Advanced/ Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy in 2nd line treatment.

The above are called immune checkpoint inhibitors (nivolumab, pembrolizumab, atezolizumab) that target and bind to PD-1 or PD-L1, denying PD-1 and PD-L1 linkage. PD-1 is receptors on activated T-cells while PD-1 ligand, PD-L1, is present in normal cells (and also in some tumor cells). Linkage of PD-1 and PD-1 ligand (PD-L1) will cause T-cells to…… Continue reading Advanced/ Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy in 2nd line treatment.

Lung Cancer Screening: Reducing Lung Cancer Death

Introduction In this study, participants aged 55-74 years old, who had history of cigarette smoking >30 years or former smokers who had quit within 15 years were screened using low-dose CT (LDCT) or CXR, yearly for three consecutive years. Results Those who had yearly LDCT screening had higher number of lung cancer diagnosed when compared…… Continue reading Lung Cancer Screening: Reducing Lung Cancer Death

Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Health Campaign

Make Sense Campaign (MSC) MSC is a health campaign in Europe to raise awareness in head and neck cancer (HNC). The focus of the campaign are disease prevention, identifying the signs and symptoms of HNC and to encourage seeking medical advice early. In early stage HNC, the survival rate is as high as 80-90% but…… Continue reading Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Health Campaign

Colorectal Cancer (CRC): Benefits of Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Stage III CRC

Adjuvant treatment Adjuvant treatment is treatment given after primary treatment (eg. surgery). Types of adjuvant treatment for cancer are chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy and biologic therapy.  Why is adjuvant treatment important? Even if the surgery was successful at removing all visible tumor, microscopic cancer cells that cannot be seen by surgeon can be…… Continue reading Colorectal Cancer (CRC): Benefits of Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Stage III CRC