Huntington Hospital Shines a Light on Lung Cancer

November 16, 2016

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 special.”

The program also included remarks from Christine Conti, RN, nurse navigator, Huntington Hospitallung 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 their families.

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.

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