Austin CyberKnife: Lung Cancer Awareness Month


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As the second-most common cancer in both men and women, lung cancer is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer this year, accounting for more victims than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.

In recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, Austin CyberKnife encourages local residents to take preventive steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from common and lesser-known causes of lung cancer.

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Austin CyberKnife: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

  1. 1. Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  2. 2. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month November is dedicated to increasing public understanding of lung cancer, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention and treatment options. Please note: The information presented here is not all- inclusive. Rather, it represents a starting point to learn more about medical conditions and treatment options. There is no substitute for consulting a medical professional. 1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060
  3. 3. The Facts: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. •  It is estimated that smoking is the principal cause of about 90% of lung cancer in men and almost 80% in women.   •  About 226,160 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2012 (116,470 in men and 109,690 in women). •  Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of most lung cancers, but there are other factors, too. Exposure to asbestos, radon, environmental factors or secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer. Source: American Cancer Society1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060
  4. 4. Risk Factors Prevention•  Tobacco use. •  Dont smoke. If you do smoke, quit now.•  Secondhand smoke from others’ cigarettes. •  Avoid secondhand smoke. There is no risk-free level of•  Radon gas in the home. secondhand smoke exposure.•  Chronic lung disease such •  Have your home tested for as emphysema. radon and take corrective action if high levels are found.•  Family history or increased age. •  Follow screening guidelines   recommended by the American Lung Association.1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060
  5. 5. Lung Cancer Treatment OptionsSurgery: Some patients have small tumors that can beremoved surgically, but they may suffer from othermedical problems that prevent them from being surgicalcandidates or they may be opposed to surgery. In thesecases, important treatment options like CyberKnife® offeran alternative.External-Beam Radiation Therapy: For patients whocannot tolerate surgery, external-beam radiationtherapy (EBRT) is an option, although this treatment canbe lengthy and difficult for some patients to endure.EBRT delivers focused radiation to a tumor but alsoencompasses a large margin of normal tissue.Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: Stereotacticradiosurgery systems like the CyberKnife® can offereffective treatment of lung tumors while carrying a lowrisk of side effects. Treatment is noninvasive, spareshealthy tissue and typically involves three to fiveoutpatient procedures.1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060
  6. 6. One of a Kind: Lung Optimization Treatment Austin CyberKnife is one of the first centers in the world to install the Lung Optimization Treatment (LOT) system, which expands the center’s ability to treat lung tumors in certain types of patients. The LOT System allows patients with conditions like emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to undergo CyberKnife® treatment without the use of fiducials. Previously, these types of patients may not have been appropriate candidates. Austin CyberKnife’s latest technology featuring LOT reduces the need for placing fiducials in higher risk lung tumor patients. Instead, the technology uses cameras and medical imaging to determine the tumor location in real time and ensure the CyberKnife remains locked on target.1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060
  7. 7. Our Center Austin CyberKnife was the first in the greater Austin area, as well as the central Texas region, to offer CyberKnife® treatment, giving our physicians the most experience treating patients with this technology in our area. Lung cancer is a frequently treated disease at our center. Austin CyberKnife is a department of University Medical Center Brackenridge, a member of the Seton Healthcare Family. Medical Director: Dr. Doug Rivera CyberKnife Nurse: Lori Eitelbach, RN Medical Physicist: Jim Hevezi, PhDOther Resources1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060