On Sunday, November 13, Huntington Hospital hosted a lighting ceremony
as part of a national campaign to raise awareness for lung cancer. The
ceremony was attended by almost 100 lung cancer patients and family members
as well as hospital administration, staff and physicians from Huntington
Hospital's lung cancer program. The event included remarks by Robbin
Cohen, MD, medical director, thoracic oncology, as well as comments from
Kimberly Shriner, MD, who paid tribute to a friend and colleague.
"Dealing with lung cancer is about hope and trust,” said Dr.
Cohen. “Compassion, skill and collaboration is what makes our program
The program also included remarks from Christine Conti, RN, nurse navigator,
Huntington Hospital lung cancer program, and an inspiring account from
a patient who shared a brave, inspiring and hopeful experience of becoming
a patient at her own hospital and being cared for by her colleagues. Conti
then led the group in lighting candles to honor lung cancer patients and
Huntington Hospital's lung cancer program 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 Michael Gurevitch, MD, Paul
McFadden, MD, Mark V. McNamara, MD, Jorge Nieva, MD and Ruth Williamson, 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.