Renown Institute for Cancer to Host Events For Lung Cancer Awareness Month|
RENO, Nev. (Nov. 6, 2008) – According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. In 2004 (the most recent year for which statistics are currently available), lung cancer accounted for more deaths than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer combined. In that year, 108,355 men and 87,897 women were diagnosed with lung cancer. That same year 89,575 men and 68,431 women died from lung cancer.
In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Renown Institute for Cancer is hosting two special events designed to help individuals take their first steps toward better lung health. The two events are free and no reservations are necessary.
The first event, a lung wellness seminar, will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Renown Regional Medical Center, Remedee’s Classrooms 108 and 109, 75 Pringle Way, 2nd St. The lecture will feature Stephen Baez, M.D., pulmonologist and medical director of Renown Health’s Lung Cancer Screening Program; Sher Todd, Ph.D, registered nurse, program manager of Operation Tobacco-Free Nevada and Josh Benke, lung health coordinator of American Lung Association. They will speak about lung cancer prevention and screenings, lung wellness and tobacco cessation. The seminar will also include a question and answer session.
The second event, “The Great American Smokeout,” will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Renown Regional Medical Center, Sierra Café, first floor of the Sierra Tower, 75 Pringle Way, 2nd St. Smokers are invited to join Renown Institute for Cancer with millions of others throughout the nation and pledge not to smoke for 24 hours. The celebration will include information about quitting smoking, lung wellness and lung cancer awareness ribbons.
Renown Institute for Cancer offers specialized cancer treatment programs where oncologists, radiologists, nurses and other health professionals bring the best of their specialties to each patient's needs. Combining advanced technology with the best professionals from all over the country, patients receive sophisticated treatment along with patient-focused care. This special blend of advanced research and experienced care gives patients every advantage over this disease.
The institute was the region’s first hospital recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for comprehensive cancer care for more than 20 years. Only 25 percent of hospitals nationwide meet the Commission’s rigorous standards.
Last month Renown Institute for Cancer announced a new piece of equipment called TomoTherapy, which will expand doctors’ ability to use therapeutic radiation to treat tumors with 3-D imaging and improved precision. When installed in December, the new Hi-Art® system will have applications for an assortment of cancer treatments across many disciplines treating cancers throughout the entire body. More specifically, mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer of the lining of the lung or the lining of the abdominal cavity, can only be treated with TomoTherapy.
Renown Institute for Cancer is the largest healthcare provider in the area conducting clinical trials with the National Cancer Institute. Clinical trials allow patients to be on leading trends in medicine and often times they become involved in that "next big discovery" for cancer treatments.
Whether individuals have been referred, are currently receiving treatment or are seeking a second opinion, they can make an appointment at Renown Institute for Cancer anytime. The team of skilled professionals bring expertise and comprehensive resources to patient care. For general inquiries, contact 775-982-6830.