Lung Cancer – Penn State Cancer Institute Screenings and Treatment

>>Good afternoon everyone. Thanks so much for joining us for Good Day
PA. I am Amy Kehm. It is the number one killer in both men and
women in the U.S. Do you know what it is? It is actually lung cancer, and it causes
more deaths than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer combined. Dr. Michael Reed and Dr. Jennifer Toth of
the Penn State Cancer Institute are here to educate us about lung cancer. They are also sticking around for a web chat
that will happen at the top of the hour. Welcome back to the show to both of you.>>Thank you.>>Good to have you. Cancer. It is always a very scary diagnosis for anyone. It sounds like lung cancer is especially scary
and dangerous. Tell me a little bit about that. Who is at risk for this?>>There are several risk factors for lung
cancer. The very commonly known one is smoking. But also exposure to asbestos and radon, and
even a family history can predispose you to getting lung cancer.>>Yeah, because I think — like, you said
it well — that you think of cigarettes and smoking, but there are so many diagnoses that
it is not because of that.>>Right. Right.>>And I think a lot of folks maybe aren’t
necessarily aware of that, and we can put some of those risk factors up on the screen. With many cancers, treatment, starting it
early, is so key. But I know with lung cancer, sometimes the
diagnosis comes once that cancer is pretty well progressed.>>Progressed.>>So talk about screening. What kind of screening is available?>>So, everybody is very well aware of prostate
screening and colon cancer and breast cancer as well, but within the past 5 to 10 years
we have come up with lung cancer screening in high risk patients. It’s not for everybody. But age 55 to 80 with a significant smoking
history. But it is highly recommended.>>Now, encouraging — there are treatment
options. Can you talk a little bit about those?>>Sure. For early stage lung cancer, if it is identified
before it has spread, surgery is the optimal treatment. Luckily, nowadays we can do most lung cancer
surgery in a minimally invasive manner with either video assistance or robotics. In fact, at our institution, at Penn State
Hershey, over 90% of our lung cancer surgery is using minimally invasive.>>Wow.>>The advantage to that is getting out of
the hospital sooner, better quality of life, less pain. In fact, many of our patients are back to
their activities, including going back to work, within two weeks of surgery.>>I’ve said before — I’ve said it on the
show before — that lung cancer, it really scares me because I have learned so much about
how that diagnosis can come, again, when the cancer is pretty well advanced. So it maybe scare other people out in the
audience, too, but they can talk more. I mean we can only give so much information
in this short segment.>>Sure.>>Right.>>There’s a web chat happening at 1:00 today. Both doctors are part of that. Again, it’s a lung cancer web chat. You can ask us your questions. It starts at 1:00. It runs until 2:00. And you can visit in order
to get more information and chat with the doctor. So, so good of you to do that. I mean, it’s like having a house call.>>No problem.>>Good to have you. Have a great chat.>>Thanks for having us.>>We’ll be right back with more Good Day
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