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Illinois CyberKnife: Lung Cancer Awareness


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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, Illinois 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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Illinois CyberKnife: Lung Cancer Awareness

  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. 1700 Luther Lane Suite 1110 Park Ridge, IL 60068 (847) 723-0100
  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 Society1700 Luther Lane Suite 1110 Park Ridge, IL 60068 (847) 723-0100
  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.  1700 Luther Lane Suite 1110 Park Ridge, IL 60068 (847) 723-0100
  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. 1700 Luther Lane Suite 1110 Park Ridge, IL 60068 (847) 723-0100
  6. 6. Our Center Illinois CyberKnife is part of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s renowned Cancer Care Center, located in the Center for Advanced Care on the hospital’s campus. Our doctors are board-certified in radiation oncology and have several areas of specialty, including head and neck cancers, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Medical Director: Dr. Arica Hirsch CyberKnife Nurse: Linda Green, BS RNOther Resources 1700 Luther Lane Suite 1110 Park Ridge, IL 60068 (847) 723-0100