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Lung Cancer Survival 2017: New Treatments, New Strategies

2017 Lung Cancer SymposiumThe Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers sponsored a continuing education course for physicians and other clinicians on Nov. 10, 2017, at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. The target audience included primary care providers, registered nurses, medical assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists and speech-language pathologists interested in learning about advances in lung cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and rehabilitation.

Speakers were Angela Sisk, M.S.N., RN, OCN, AHN-BC, oncology nurse navigator, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital; Deidra Teoh, M.S.N., RN, OCN, ONN-CG, lung oncology nurse navigator for the Memorial Hermann Southwest Region; Pushan Jani, M.D., clinical assistant professor of internal medicine-pulmonology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth; Syed Jafri, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine-oncology at UTHealth; Philip A. Rascoe, M.D., FACS, associate professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at UTHealth; Aparna Surapaneni, M.D., radiation oncologist, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital; Anna de Joya, PT, D.Sc., NCS, director of new program development, Memorial Hermann Post Acute Care Services; Ted Tenczynski, M.D., medical oncologist, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital; José L. Ramos, M.D., medical director, Supportive Medicine and Palliative Care, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital; and Ms. Clara Lambert, 8-year lung cancer survivor, entrepreneur, real estate professional and cancer center volunteer.

Learning objectives were to provide an overview of lung screening for early detection; explore associated diagnostics and what to expect; provide tobacco cessation resources; discuss systemic therapy including immunotherapy; examine the latest in surgical techniques; define lung cancer rehabilitation; provide an overview of supportive care strategies for lung cancer patients; and describe Memorial Hermann resources.