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Chemo most effective treatment for lung cancer, study shows

Italian research 'could improve care, cut costs'

Chemo most effective treatment for lung cancer, study shows

Milan, July 22 - An Italian study released Monday suggests that traditional chemotherapy is the most effective treatment for most cases of lung cancer. The study, which was published in the Lancet Oncology journal of medicine, shows that for 90% of lung tumors that are not small-celled, standard chemo is more effective than expensive alternatives that target only sick cells such as a treatment known as erlotinib. "We assessed the efficacy of erlotinib compared with a standard second-line chemotherapy in such patients," said the research, which was conducted by the Oncology department of Milan's Fatebenefratelli hospital and led by Marina Garassino. The team said its research could improve cancer treatment as well as reduce public health costs.

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