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‘Patients with advanced lung cancer can live productive lives,’ says Northwestern expert

Rush Limbaugh diagnosis: lung cancer expert can discuss treatment of late-stage disease

Dr. Jyoti Patel, the medical director of thoracic oncology for Northwestern Medicine, says patients with advanced-stage lung cancer can be treated with new therapies and still live productive lives.

Rush Limbaugh, 69, the leading conservative talk radio host, announced Monday he has advanced lung cancer.

"Although lung cancer remains a challenging disease, there have been significant advancements in therapy,” Patel said. “We've come a long way in our understanding of cancer biology, and now immunotherapies and targeted therapies enable even patients with advanced-stage disease to return to function and live productive, satisfying lives.”

Patel is available to discuss treatments of late-stage lung cancer. Patel also is assistant director for clinical research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.