On the next installment of WPSU-TV’s "Conversations LIVE," Dr. Jennifer Toth, Dr. Michael Reed and Shelly Weaver Wike will discuss the symptoms, treatments and prevention of lung cancer. "Conversations LIVE: Lung Cancer" will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, on WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM, WQLN-TV in Erie and online at wpsu.org.
The Department of Pathology Visiting Professor Lecture Series will be held at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in the Pathology Conference Room, C7702, at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. Guest lecturer Jeffrey L. Myers, will present "Unexpected Findings in Lung Cancer Resection Specimens: Distinguishing Things That Matter From Those That Don't."
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States (excluding skin cancers) and is second only to lung cancer as a contributor to cancer deaths in American men. In 2009, it is estimated that 192,280 new cases will be diagnosed and more than 27,000 men will die of prostate cancer. The lifetime probability of developing prostate cancer is one in six for American men. Current treatment alternatives for clinically localized prostate cancer include removal of the prostate gland (surgery), radiation to the cancerous prostate (external beam or radioactive seed implants), active surveillance, or other treatments (hormonal or cryotherapy). Robotic surgery represents the next potential iteration for advances in minimally invasive surgery, according to this week's edition of The Medical Minute, a service of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
More than 1.2 million cases of lung cancer are diagnosed worldwide each year. It is estimated that approximately 215,020 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2008 in the United States, with nearly 161,840 resultant deaths accounting for around 29 percent of all cancer deaths. More people will die of lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. While the majority of cases of lung cancer are related to tobacco smoke, lung cancer in nonsmokers (approximately 10 percent), particularly women, also is a major problem.