Leading Researcher to Address the Ohio Valley about Lung Cancer and Screening

Monday, November 3, 2014

In observance of Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital is hosting a free community educational event where a leading lung cancer researcher and oncologist from The Ohio State University will speak to area residents on Nov. 12.

Dr. David Carbone, medical oncologist and the Barbara J. Bonner Chair in Lung Cancer Research at The Ohio State University, will address the importance of prevention and screening of lung cancers. Carbone is also the director of the James Thoracic Center and a professor of medicine at The Ohio State University. He brings his perspective from nearly 30 years of experience in medicine, research, and education regarding cancer.

Sponsored by The Lung Center at OVMC and EORH, the community event is designed to outline the importance of early detection. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States since 2006 and is the second most common cancer among men and women. In fact, more people die each year of lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. While not all lung cancers can be prevented, the best prevention is to not smoke and limit exposure to second-hand smoke. Lung cancer screenings also play a vital role in detection as CT scans have proven to reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent because the cancer was detected early.

“The Lung Center utilizes a low-dose CT scan to screen the lungs for cancer, therefore, it minimizes a patient's radiation exposure, thus giving the doctor and patient a quick and safe diagnosis,” said Dr. Attila Lenkey, who specializes in pulmonology. “Our hospitals also utilize a comprehensive lung navigation system which enables physicians to evaluate far into the lung to diagnose more accurately. These screenings measures are then reviewed by our team of lung experts who provide individualized evaluation by a team of physicians who are experienced in all aspects of lung cancer.”

Lynn Swider, corporate director of cardio-pulmonary, explains that the way lung cancer is diagnosed and treated today has progressed greatly from the past, and a lung cancer diagnoses does not mean a loss of hope.

"With physician experts, along with our affiliation with the expert teams from The James Cancer Center, we aim to bring awareness in order to reduce the number of deaths this disease claims. We combine our technology, along with our educational programs, to transform the way people view the lung cancer process. We first urge people to stop smoking and then educate them about the importance of prevention and screening."

Located in the Nurses' Residence Auditorium, the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Educational booths will provide information regarding smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation services, lung screenings, and respiratory and occupational lung diseases. RSVPs are suggested by not required. Reservations can be made by calling 304-234-8765.

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River. We are the Ohio Valley's community hospitals.