Interview with Paul A. Bunn, Jr., MD

Tom Dilling
University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
Last Modified: May 20, 1996

Dr. Bunn: There are six new drugs which have been approved or are about to be approved for treating lung cancer and they're probably all six of them better than drugs which we've had in the past, and I think they will improve survival for patients with lung cancer.

I guess the second point is that the patients who have "earlier-stage" [lung cancer], if you give them chemotherapy with radiation or with surgery or all three together, it is providing better survival than what we had in the past with just surgery alone.

And the last thing you can tell your people is: Don't smoke!

OncoLink: Just to reiterate again for all our listeners and readers out there who were not at this talk....

Dr. Bunn: They're not here? I thought they were all here!

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  • OncoLink: Yes, well....

    What were those six new drugs which you see as on the forefront?

    Dr. Bunn: There's two taxanes, paclitaxel and docetaxel, which some people call taxol and taxotere; there's two topoisomerase I inhibitors, irinotecan and topotecan; and then there's navelbine and gemcitabine (Gemzar®).

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