Huntington Memorial Hospital Shines a Light on Lung Cancer to Bring Awareness to the Community

November 18, 2014

On Sunday, Nov. 16, Huntington Memorial Hospital hosted a lighting ceremony as part of a national campaign to raise awareness for lung cancer. The ceremony was attended by over 100 lung cancer patients and family members as well as hospital administration, staff and physicians from Huntington’s lung cancer program. The program included remarks by Robbin Cohen, MD, medical director for the thoracic oncology program, in addition to comments from patients who have been successfully treated at Huntington Hospital.

This timely event is on the heels of recent news from the federal government announcing a proposal for Medicare to cover annual screenings for lung cancer for older Americans with long histories of heavy smoking. “Affordable and accessible screenings for lung cancer in high-risk patients has the potential to save many lives,” said Dr. Cohen. “Having said that we are equally committed to providing comprehensive care at every stage of the disease.”

The Lung Cancer Program at Huntington Hospital is recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the Los Angeles area.Other members of Huntington Hospital's thoracic oncology program team that attended Sunday's event were Mark McNamara, MD; Michael Gurevitch, MD; and Kenneth Lam, MD.

The ceremony was just one of nearly 200 “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” events taking place in cities across the country in November. The program is presented in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance, the only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to providing support and advocacy for people living with or at risk for lung cancer. Combined these events mark the largest lung cancer event in the world.

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