Louisville 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, Louisville 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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Louisville 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. 529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (855) 737-8200 www.louisvilleck.com
  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 Society529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (855) 737-8200 www.louisvilleck.com
  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.  529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (855) 737-8200 www.louisvilleck.com
  5. 5. Lung Cancer Treatment Options Surgery: Some patients have small tumors that can be removed surgically, but they may suffer from other medical problems that prevent them from being surgical candidates or they may be opposed to surgery. In these cases, important treatment options like CyberKnife® offer an alternative. External-Beam Radiation Therapy: For patients who cannot tolerate surgery, external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is an option, although this treatment can be lengthy and difficult for some patients to endure. EBRT delivers focused radiation to a tumor but also encompasses a large margin of normal tissue. Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: Stereotactic radiosurgery systems like the CyberKnife® can offer effective treatment of lung tumors while carrying a low risk of side effects. Treatment is noninvasive, spares healthy tissue and typically involves three to five outpatient procedures.529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (855) 737-8200 www.louisvilleck.com
  6. 6. Our Center Louisville CyberKnife is part of the renowned James Graham Brown Cancer Center, home of the first nationally accredited radiation oncology program in Louisville. Our center brings together experienced physicians and the latest medical advances to provide patients with exceptional care. Our center utilizes the CyberKnife® 9.6 system, which features a device that controls the width of the machine’s radiation beam, allowing clinicians to vary the beam size and treat a larger variety of tumors throughout the body. Medical Director: Shiao Woo, M.D., M.B.B.S. F.A.C.R. Radiation Oncologist: Moataz El-Ghamry, M.D. CyberKnife Nurse Navigator: Anna Murphy, RNOther Resources529 S. Jackson St. Louisville, KY 40202 (855) 737-8200 www.louisvilleck.com