Week Ending November 29, 2021

Help VA spread awareness about lung cancer symptoms and screening
“Did you know that nearly 8,000 Veterans are diagnosed and treated with lung cancer every year at VA? Or that over 900,000 Veterans may be eligible for lung cancer screening?”

An Angel Among Nurses for Patients With Lung Cancer
“Lilian Reed, RN, has been the lung cancer nurse navigator at Hoag Family Cancer Institute for about 18 years. She has been in the navigator position longer than any of the rest of us navigators.”

A Lung Cancer Survivor, Fighter and Advocate
“Poulsen led the LUNGevity Breathe Deep events in Salt Lake City for a number of years, which is where I met her. She’s a lung cancer survivor who decided she had too much to do to let the disease slow her down. As a never-smoker, she became an advocate for awareness, especially for radon gas testing and mitigation in homes.”

Pathologist Robert Homer, MD, PhD, on Lung Cancer Awareness Month
“During November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the month of the the Great American Smokeout, It’s a good reminder to our patients, our community, and our colleagues who need to hear it to stop smoking cigarettes, and for everyone to encourage others to do the same. Smilow Cancer Hospital has a Tobacco Treatment Program to support all our patients and families.”

Physicians urge preventative screenings this Lung Cancer Awareness Month
“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States, and more patients die from it each year than from colon, breast or prostate cancer combined.”

GUEST COLUMN: The impact on lung cancer care in a COVID-19 world
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to the world and especially toward those already impacted by pre-existing diseases such as lung cancer. Kentucky has the highest lung cancer incidence rate in the country, not surprising given the high rates of smoking in the commonwealth. The five-year survival rates for lung cancer are abysmal, primarily because the disease is diagnosed at later stages, when a cure is much less likely.”

GE Healthcare and Optellum Join Forces to Advance Lung Cancer Diagnosis with Artificial Intelligence
“GE Healthcare and Optellum today announced that they have signed a letter of intent to collaborate to advance precision diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. GE Healthcare is a global leader in medical imaging solutions. Optellum is the leader in AI decision support for the early diagnosis and optimal treatment of lung cancer.”

United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Addressing High Lung Cancer Rates, Mortality in Kentucky
“From scientists to oncologists and other clinicians in the community setting, years of research has grasped the big picture of lung cancer occurrence and outcomes in Kentucky, and some have begun to investigate potential causes.”

EGFR Exon 20-Positive NSCLC Prognosis and Challenges
“Alexander Spira, MD, PhD, FACP, director of the Virginia Cancer Specialists, discusses the prognosis of patients with EGFR- exon 20 mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”