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2023 Happy Lungs Project RET Research Update

Scientific research update: Drs. John Heymach, Alexandre Drilon, and Alexandre Reuben shared the latest progress on their projects aimed at investigating new therapies for RET-inhibitor resistant disease and developing new immunotherapies for RET cancer.

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RET positive lung cancer is caused by a rare mutation of the RET gene that causes cancer cells to grow out of control.

This “driver mutation” occurs in about 2% of non-small cell lung cancer patients and is more common among young never-smokers, often the mothers of school-age children.

In many cases, it isn’t diagnosed until after the cancer has spread to other organs throughout the body. The Happy Lungs Project is dedicated to curing this disease.

Help us improve the lives of tens-of-thousands of RET positive survivors and their families.

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Thanks for a fabulous first year and for shopping to save lives!

We hope you enjoyed using your Happy Lungs Shopping Card at retailers and restaurants around Austin. In total, more than 1,000 cards were sold! Together, we raised more than $50,000 for lung cancer research.

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New published study with exciting preclinical results about the second generation RET inhibitor vepafestinib (TAS0953/HM06).  Vepafestinib showed selectivity…
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