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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY December 2013 | Archived Issues

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Luncheon Celebrates Lung Cancer Survivorship

Thoracic surgeon Heather Merry, MD, speaks at the luncheon.

Hundreds of Cedars-Sinai lung cancer patients, family members, physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers celebrated survivorship and learned about the latest advances in lung cancer treatment at the 12th annual lung cancer survivors' luncheon Nov. 15.

At Cedars-Sinai, more than 90 percent of lung cancer surgery is done using minimally invasive techniques, Robert McKenna Jr., MD, told the crowd at the event.

Jo-Ann Lautman was one of several patients who spoke at the luncheon.

About 200 people attended the Thoracic Surgery Program's event in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The main speaker was Robert McKenna Jr., MD, medical director of Thoracic Surgery, and co-medical director and surgical director of the Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild Lung Institute.

McKenna said physicians are now able to screen effectively for very small tumors, and he pointed out that minimally invasive surgical techniques allow for much quicker recovery. Cedars-Sinai surgeons were the first to perform these techniques, he said, and more than 90 percent of lung cancer surgery at the medical center is done using minimally invasive techniques.

Cedars-Sinai is constantly exporting new techniques and treatments for lung cancer, McKenna said. "We are very committed to changing the world when it comes to lung cancer, and we are teaching our techniques every day to surgeons from the U.S. and around the world," he said.

In addition to McKenna, speakers included Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, associate director of Thoracic Surgery and associate program director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program, and thoracic surgeon Heather Merry, MD. Patients also gave testimonials.

The Thoracic Surgery Program is part of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Lung Institute in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.