Posted: August 8, 2014

Dr. Stark gave Medical Grand Rounds at EVMS on August 20, 2014.  He spoke about the new ways of looking at lung cancer — specifically the role of genetic mutations in guiding treatment with drugs that have recently been developed to target those mutations, while leaving normal cells alone.  Recent publications suggest that for patients with lung cancer whose tumors contain certain mutations (only the tumors have the mutations; the rest of the cells of the body do not) using drugs targeted against the protein products of those mutations (typically enzymes) results in a better outcome than that seen with conventional chemotherapy.  His latest lung cancer talk can be viewed here.  Dr. Stark comments, “The entire way we treat lung cancer, once the tumor is too advanced to be cured with surgery alone, is undergoing a quiet but rapid evolution.  The treatment of other diseases will follow.  Breast cancer already has.  We will, in these postings, stay abreast of the latest developments.  “