Lung Cancer

HOLLYWOOD, FL—Patients receiving chemotherapy are at risk for reactivation of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), and this can have a significant negative impact on the outcomes, including death from liver failure. According to Emmy Ludwig, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, one-third of the world has been exposed to HBV, “making it an enormous problem.”

Fortunately, HBV reactivation can be prevented with the prophylactic use of effective antiviral agents, for which recommendations were presented by Ludwig at the meeting.

Patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) achieved a significant increase in overall survival when tumor treating fields (TTF) therapy was added to pemetrexed every 3 weeks, according to data released by Novocure at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress.
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