A New Lung Cancer Drug Is Shaking Up Treatment: How Does It Work?

A New Lung Cancer Drug Is Shaking Up Treatment: How Does It Work?

A drug that acts on the immune system appears to help extend the lives of patients with advanced lung cancer when given alongside standard chemotherapy, a new study finds. But how, exactly, does this drug work to help fight cancer? The study, which included more than 600 people, found that patients with a common type of lung cancer who received the so-called immunotherapy drug in combination with chemotherapy were 51 percent less likely to die over a period of 10.5 months compared with patients who received a placebo and chemotherapy (the control group). In addition, the median "progression-free survival time,"...

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