Closeup of a plastic model of lungs

While the link between certain conditions and cancer risk, such as tobacco smoke exposure and lung cancer, has been firmly established, for other conditions, the association and the biological mechanisms behind them remain murky.

To this end, the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL) and Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center New Orleans recently launched a new public health research effort to better understand the effects of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome on the risk, incidence, and outcomes of patients with lung cancer.