Lung cancer patients and their families invited to annual 'Breath of Life' celebrationby jmaloni
Roswell Park Cancer Institute invites lung cancer patients, their family members and their caregivers to attend the fourth annual "Breath of Life" celebration Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon in RPCI's Research Studies Center, located on Carlton Street at Elm Street across from the main hospital.
Hosted by the Roswell Park thoracic cancer team, this event offers lung cancer patients from across the region an opportunity to gather information about new approaches to lung cancer surveillance, treatment, research and survivorship. All those whose lives have been affected by a lung cancer diagnosis are encouraged to attend to kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
The program will include opening remarks by Dr. Mary Reid, associate professor of oncology, and Dr. Alex A. Adjei, the Katherine Anne Gioia chair in cancer medicine, both of RPCI. The celebration also will include patients sharing their personal stories about dealing with lung cancer, as well as informational tables where attendees can learn more about available resources. Refreshments will be served.
It is estimated that 226,160 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed this year in the U.S. and that 160,340 Americans will die from the disease in 2012. More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.
The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI's website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email [email protected].