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Published on November 06, 2015

Clinicians shine new light on lung cancer treatment

The importance of early screening for lung cancer, as well as the latest developments in the treatment of the disease, were the topics when UHS hosted a special "Shine a Light on Lung Cancer" awareness event Nov. 6.

The news conference and informational session was held at Wilson Square.

  • Dr. Yalamanchili, Dr. Harris and nurse practitioner Jennifer Schecter spoke at the Nov. 6 lung cancer awareness event at UHS.

"Seven years ago, a lung cancer survivor and caregiver launched 'Shine a Light' nationally as a way to draw attention to the disease - and to its prevention, diagnosis and treatment," John Carrigg, UHS' executive vice president and chief operating officer, told the assembled crowd. "What began as a vigil of inspiration and support for those touched by the condition has grown to become the largest lung cancer awareness event in the world."

Others who spoke were Madhuri Yalamanchili, MD, and Ronald Harris, DO, of Broome Oncology, and nurse practitioner and lung cancer screening expert Jennifer Schecter.

They noted that research and treatment options for all forms of lung cancer have advanced by leaps and bounds within the past five years - and especially within the past 12 months.

Innovation in treatment of the condition is happening at UHS, as well as nationally.

"Our commitment to our patients is strengthened by care coordination in several specialties, including Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pulmonology, Radiology and Pathology," John said. "And it is strengthened by the knowledge, skill and compassion of the people on our team who devote themselves, every day, to the battle against this disease."

At the end of the news conference, attendees turned on small bright flashlights to symbolize the way lung cancer survivors and caregivers are shining light on new approaches to battling the condition.

According to the national Lung Cancer Alliance, this year's "Shine a Light" observance was expected to take place at 300 locations across the country in November.