New Treatment Approved for Patients with Extensive Stage SCLC

On May 16, 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the accelerated approval of tarlatamab-dlle (Imdelltra®) to treat patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC). 

This targeted immunotherapy, the first of its kind, is based on new technology. Tarlatamab is a bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE)—a drug with two arms that simultaneously binds to a T cell (a part of the immune system) and a tumor cell. This allows the T cell to come close enough to the tumor cell to recognize and destroy it. 

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Safely Bring Yoga, Dietary Supplements, Exercise, and More into Your Lung Cancer Journey

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Integrative oncology adds holistic approaches—such as acupuncture, nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness—into a treatment plan. Research shows these interventions can have a tremendous impact on people going through lung cancer treatment and their quality of life. Unfortunately, they are also topics riddled with myths and falsehoods. 

LUNGevity spoke to an expert to help sort out the facts from the fiction. 

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Small Cell Lung Cancer 101

Join small cell lung cancer expert Lauren Byers, MD, as she covers the key things patients need to know about SCLC in 30 minutes.  

Dr. Byers is a professor in the Department of Thoracic-Head & Neck Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is also a physician-scientist and a member of LUNGevity’s Scientific Advisory Board. 

The following topics are discussed at the times indicated:

0:00 – 5:03 Introduction and explanation of what small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is

5:03 – 8:49 Key features and common symptoms 

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Lung Cancer Masterclass: Get Smart About Lung Cancer

In the past five years, the lung cancer community has seen an astonishing number of new treatments. As our understanding of lung cancer has deepened, the older treatment approaches have also become more effective and efficient.  

These options are fantastic steps toward improving the overall survival and quality of life for people living with lung cancer, but it can be difficult for patients and caregivers to keep track of the new drug treatments and scientific advancements.  

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Clinical Trial Phases

The four phases of lung cancer clinical trials each serve a different and important purpose. From testing the safety of a new treatment to its effectiveness and long-term outcomes, this short video explains how researchers use clinical trials for new lung cancer treatments.

Phases of a Clinical Trial:

1. Safety of the new treatment 
2. Does the cancer respond to the treatment 
3. Is this new treatment better than the current options 
4. Studies the long-term benefits and side effects

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What Is a Clinical Trial

Lung cancer clinical trials are carefully designed research studies to evaluate and learn more about new drugs and treatments. They give people the ability to participate in lung cancer research and access to new treatments that otherwise may not be available to them, all under the close supervision of medical experts. 

Watch Recorded Expert Sessions From ILCSC

The International Lung Cancer Survivorship Conference (ILCSC) is a free virtual educational conference for people with lung cancer, caregivers, and advocates. The 2023 conference was held September 22-23.  

The recorded sessions from this conference are available to registered participants through December 21, 2023, at www.lungevity.org/ilcsc. If you did not register for the conference but would like to view the recordings, you may still register for free access. The recordings are available until December 21.