Philadelphia 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, Philadelphia 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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Philadelphia CyberKnife: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

  1. 1. Lung Cancer Awareness Month Philadelphia CyberKnife is a service of Delaware County Memorial Hospital
  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. 2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  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 Society2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  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.   2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  5. 5. Lung Cancer Prevention: The Crozer-Keystone Screening ProgramPhiladelphia CyberKnife is a service ofDelaware County Memorial Hospital, amember of the Crozer-Keystone HealthSystem, which offers a lung cancer screeningprogram.Crozer-Keystone Health System developedthe program based on a national studypublished in the New England Journal ofMedicine. The screenings provide low-doseCT scans capable of detecting tumors earlierand reducing lung cancer mortality rate by Photo  courtesy  of  Crozer-­‐Keystone  Health  System  20 percent for smokers.To learn more or find out if you or a loved oneare eligible for a screening, click here. 2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  6. 6. 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. 2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  7. 7. Our Center Philadelphia CyberKnife established the first CyberKnife® program in the greater Philadelphia area, giving our physicians the most experience treating patients with this technology in our region. Lung cancer is a frequently treated disease at our center. Our patients have come from throughout the eastern United States, as well as numerous countries around the world, including England, India and Malaysia. Philadelphia CyberKnife is a service of Delaware County Memorial Hospital, a member of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. Medical Director: Dr. Luther Brady Associate Medical Director: Dr. John Lamond DCMH Chief of Radiation Oncology: Dr. Rachelle Lanciano Chief Medical Physicist: Jun Yang, Ph.D. DABR Research Nurse: Michael Good, RN Site Manager: Samuel Nalbone, MBAOther Resources 2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850