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New treatment for early-stage lung cancer has Jami Way living the normal life she wants

UCLA Health Connect blog

Post Date:December 19, 2022 9:00 AM
Jami Way's doctors say she is a shining example of the improved outcomes possible with new treatment options for early-stage lung cancer. (Photo by Joshua Sudock/UCLA Health)

Jami Way recites a mantra out loud before swallowing a pill each morning intended to prevent a return of lung cancer. Way takes Tagrisso, a targeted therapy for non-small cell, early-stage epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-positive lung cancer, where a mutation in the tumor causes cancer to spread quickly.

UCLA Health participated in a global clinical trial that led to expanded use of the drug in 2020, the year Way was diagnosed. Early data showing a big reduction in the risk of recurrence or death among people who underwent surgical removal of their tumors led to expedited approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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