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.