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SBUMC Experts Review Lung Cancer Screening, Staging and Disease Management at One-Day Symposium


STONY BROOK, N.Y., December 17, 2007 – On Saturday, January 12, 2008, the Lung Cancer Evaluation Center (LCEC) at Stony Brook University Medical Center will hold a medical symposium titled "Lung Cancer: Update on Screening, Staging and Management." Designed for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with a special interest in lung cancer, the one-day event will take place at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University.

Led by LCEC Co-Director Daniel Baram, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care, the symposium offers the opportunity to interact with SBUMC lung cancer specialists and invited lecturer, James Jett, M.D., an internationally renowned expert in lung cancer and cancer screening, and Consultant in Pulmonary Medicine and Medical Oncology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

"The development of multidisciplinary teams improves all aspects of care for lung cancer, from initial diagnosis, treatment and follow-up," says Dr. Baram. "This symposium integrates crucial elements of this therapeutic approach with the latest information on treatment methods such as partial lobectomy, stereotactic radiation, and targeted agents."

Dr. Jett will speak on the "Current Status and Future Directions of Lung Cancer Screening." Dr. Jett is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the official journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. He is also the principal investigator of numerous screening trials for the early detection of lung cancer. These trials have involved the use of low dose spiral CT scans and sputum cytology for detection of asymptomatic disease, as well as developing biomarkers in sputum and blood as indicators of early lung cancer.

Dr. Baram will present "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Multimodal Staging." LCEC Co-Director Thomas Bilfinger, M.D, Professor of Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, will review "Partial Lobectomy, Percutaneous Ablation and Stereotactic Radiation: What do we Know? How does one Choose?"

Other faculty presentations include: "Targeted Therapy for Lung Cancer: Past, Present and Future" (Roger Keresztes, M.D., Visiting Associate Professor, Medical Oncology), "Percutaneous Therapy for Primary Lung Cancer" (William Moore, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology), and "Advances in Tobacco-related Cancer" (Theodore Gabig, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Interim Director, Stony Brook University Cancer Center).

Co-sponsored by the Stony Brook University School of Medicine and the Department of Continuing Education, the symposium will be presented by the LCEC, along with the Divisions of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, and the School of Nursing. The cost is $60 for attending physicians, and $30 for residents, fellows, and other healthcare professionals. For more information or to register, call (631) 444-2981.

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