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10/21/2015 Community Hospital

Community Healthcare System offers two free presentations on Lung Cancer

Community Healthcare System will provide two free educational presentations during November for Lung Cancer Awareness month. “Every Breath You Take: A Lung Cancer Update” will be offered to the public on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster. A second lung cancer update is set for Thursday, Nov. 12 at St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S. Lake Park Avenue in Hobart.

Sponsored by The Community Cancer Research Foundation, the first event takes place 6 to 8:30 pm, Thursday, Nov. 5 in Munster. Community Healthcare System Radiologist Justin Spackey, MD and Oncologist Sania Raza, MD, will lead this year’s forum with topics related to advances in lung cancer screening and the latest treatments.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. If detected early, lung cancers can be treated successfully.

Dr. Spackey will discuss “Lung Cancer Screening.” A less invasive screening for lung cancer has been made available, called a low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT). In this test, an x-ray machine scans the body and uses low doses of radiation to make detailed pictures of the lungs. Dr. Spackey’s presentation will address the types of lung cancer and the importance of screening before symptoms develop, screening guidelines and recommendations.

Oncologist Sania Raza also will discuss “Advances in Lung Cancer Treatment.” Targeting tumors and immunotherapy drugs are showing promise in effectively treating various types of lung cancer. Dr. Raza will discuss the latest findings.

At the St. Mary Medical Center Auditorium in Hobart from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday, Nov. 12, four distinguished professionals in the field will discuss the latest findings regarding lung cancer. Pulmonologist Sharon Harig, MD, on staff at St. Mary Medical Center will speak about “Lung Cancer Detection and Treatment.” Community Healthcare System Pathologist Yiqing Chi, MD, will address the “Pathology of Lung Cancer and Tumor Markers.”

Hematologist/Oncologist Amer Sidani, MD, on staff at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System, will talk about “Chemotherapy Treatment Options.” And St. Mary Medical Center Radiation Oncologist Koppolu Sarma, MD will discuss the “Non-surgical Management of Early Lung Cancer/Radiation.”

The Hobart event will be complemented by information from the American Cancer Society. A representative also will be on hand from St. Mary Medical Center’s smoking cessation classes.

Following the physician presentations at both locations, “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” observances will be held in support of lung cancer awareness and research.

Both programs begin at 6 pm, with doors opening at 5:30 pm. Community Healthcare System’s Lung Cancer Awareness events are free, but registration is necessary in advance by calling 219-836-3477 or toll-free 1-866-836-3477.
219-836-4582 Elise Sims, specialist Media/Public Relations Marketing & Corporate Communications esims@comhs.org