Published on October 11, 2016

Shine A Light on Lung Cancer Event Scheduled for November 1

Holzer is proud to offer a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event on Tuesday, November 1 at 6pm at the Holzer Center for Cancer Care. Shine a Light, founded by lung cancer survivor and caregiver, is the largest coordinated awareness event for lung cancer in the United States.

“We hope our event will provide hope, inspiration, and support for all of those touched by lung cancer,” stated Sandy Thomas, Program Coordinator, Low Dose CT Scan, Holzer Health System. “With Holzer’s Low Dose CT Scan services, we are excited to team with Shine a Light and offer a community event during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.”

According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, lung cancer causes more deaths each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. Nearly 80 percent of those diagnosed are former or non-smokers. Unfortunately, lung cancer receives the least amount of research dollars of all major cancers.

The event will feature guest speaker Ghada Kunter, MD, Radiation Oncology, Holzer Center for Cancer Care, followed by a special tree lighting ceremony. In addition, a special display, Lilly Oncology on Canvas, will be available in the Holzer Center for Cancer Care and will remain in the Center throughout the month of November.

In 2004, Lilly Oncology created Lilly Oncology On CanvasSM: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition to help people affected by cancer cope with the emotional side of the disease. The 2014 Oncology On Canvas competition, presented in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), invited people from the United States and Puerto Rico diagnosed with any type of cancer—as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers—to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning. The compelling art collection resulting from this competition provides insights into the wide range of emotions experienced by those touched by cancer. Artwork and narratives from this competition is touring cancer centers, hospitals and patient advocacy events nationwide and throughout Puerto Rico.

Holzer offers Low Dose CT Scan services in Gallipolis and Athens. The goal of screening is to detect lung cancer at a time when it is not causing symptoms and when treatment can be most successful. Research has proven that screening is effective at increasing survival and quality of life. Individuals who are eligible to receive the low-dose CT Scan include patients age 55-77, and are smokers or who have quit within the last 15 years with a smoking history of at least 30 packs-years. Pack-years are calculated by multiplying the average number of packs of cigarettes a person smokes per day by the number of years a person has smoked.

For more information, please call (740) 441-3905. The public is invited to attend the Shine a Light event to learn more about lung cancer and Holzer’s Low Dose CT Services.

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