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Archive: November 2017

A Phase II Clinical Trial of an Aromatase Inhibitor for Postmenopausal Women with LAM

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Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) predominantly affects women and can worsen with pregnancy, estrogen treatment, and the menstrual cycle, which suggested an important role for estrogen in the development and progression of this disease.

In preclinical laboratory studies, estrogen appeared to promote the growth and spread of LAM-like cells, while suppression of estrogen reduced the survival of LAM cells. In other human clinical trials, there has been a suggestion that lung function declines more slowly in LAM patients after menopause, although this was not clear when this clinical trial was being developed.

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Tags: Research
Categories: Educational Resources

Lobbying for LAM

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We often hear about the power of lobbyists/advocates and their ability to take on a specific cause with the goal of influencing change. But when The LAM Foundation decided to gather a group of LAM patients, family and friends in Washington, D.C. to advocate for LAM awareness and the need for continued funding of the NIH, it presented an opportunity almost as rare as the disease itself.

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Tags: Advocacy Capitol Hill
Categories: Events

Management of Pneumothorax – What is the Best Strategy?

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Pneumothorax (collapsed lung from accumulation of air between the lung and the chest wall) is a significant problem in patients with LAM. Up to 70% of patients will ultimately develop at least one pneumothorax in their lifetime and this is often the first sign of LAM. Most commonly, the pneumothorax occurs spontaneously without inciting factors (such as vigorous exertion). Unlike patients with Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax (which occurs in patients without apparent underlying lung disease) who have about a 25% risk of recurrent pneumothorax after a first episode, three-quarters of women with LAM suffer from recurrence if nothing is done to prevent it. In a survey conducted from The LAM Foundation database, participants reported an average of 3.5 episodes of pneumothorax resulting in an average of one month total spent in the hospital.

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Tags: pneumothorax
Categories: Educational Resources

Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): A Monogenic Neoplasm That Provides a Window into Cancer

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The LAM community including LAM researchers, clinicians and patients has made incredible progress over the last 20 years. Frank McCormack and I were honored to write an invited review article “Lymphangioleiomyomatosis: A Monogenic Model of Malignancy” for the prestigious The Annual Review of Medicine, which covers significant developments in various fields of medicine since 1950.

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The Gift of New Lungs and New LAM Cell Discoveries

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In early July, LAM Patient, Linda Grunberg received a much-anticipated call from the lung transplant program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), that it was her turn to receive new lungs. After living with LAM for nearly 20 years, she was certainly ready, “As a LAM patient, I've been coming to HUP for 19 years and had the utmost confidence that this would be the best place to have my transplant.”

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Tags: Lung Transplant Tissue Donation
Categories: Educational Resources

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