CyberKnife Center of Chicago: 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, CyberKnife Center of Chicago 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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CyberKnife Center of Chicago: 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. 200 Berteau Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126 (331) 221-2050 www.chicagock.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 Society200 Berteau Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126 (331) 221-2050 www.chicagock.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.  200 Berteau Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126 (331) 221-2050 www.chicagock.com
  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.200 Berteau Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126 (331) 221-2050 www.chicagock.com
  6. 6. Our Center CyberKnife Center of Chicago opened in 2009 and brings together experienced physicians and the latest medical advances. Two-thirds of our patients have come from outside Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s primary service area, and our center has treated patients from as far away as Montana and South Carolina. CyberKnife Center of Chicago has a dedicated CyberKnife Nurse Navigator who works with our physicians and patients to coordinate care and manage the treatment process. Medical Director: Dr. Andy Su CyberKnife Nurse: Griselle RomeroOther Resources200 Berteau Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126 (331) 221-2050 www.chicagock.com

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