A 3.5 CME event breathing volume into diagnosing lung cancer

Employee News & Views Editor: August 30, 20131 Comments

Community Regional Medical Center’s Lung Nodule Program, in association with UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research will be presenting our third Lung Symposium (the second annual) on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  We are extremely excited about the topics we have chosen to present this year and feel quite strongly that you will too.

As the Lung Nodule Program approaches its four year anniversary, we will be sharing data regarding the impact that this innovative program has had on our patients, physicians and the Central Valley.

We are pleased to be able to address the role that palliative care plays in the management of lung cancer.  For primary care physicians, having basic skills in palliative care will assist them with not only their cancer patients, but with the chronic diseases and conditions that they and their patients deal with every day.

As lung cancer screening with yearly chest CT scans hovers on the horizon, we will give physicians a better understanding of the challenges associated with interpreting, diagnosing and managing the many different and unique findings they will discover on chest CT scans.

Diagnosing lung cancer and especially staging lung cancer has been evolving in part thanks to endobronchial ultrasound guided biopsies. We will be discussing the role that EBUS now plays in this emerging field.

As primary care physicians, you follow and manage many of your patients that have had radiation therapy as part of their treatment regimen.  We will outline and discuss the long-term and late side effects of radiation therapy that you should be aware of as well as the treatment options for those side effects.

Finally, after having seen over one thousand patients, we have seen some pretty rare and unusual cases. Some of these will be presented in a case study format for all to enjoy.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our symposium in September. Please see the invitation by clicking here.  A formal invite will also be mailed. For more information or to RSVP, please call 559.451.3699.

Kathy Norkunas, RN, BSN, OCN
Nurse Coordinator
Lung Nodule Program

One response to A 3.5 CME event breathing volume into diagnosing lung cancer

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The chest X-ray is the most common first diagnostic step when any new symptoms of lung cancer are present. The chest X-ray procedure often involves a view from the back to the front of the chest as well as a view from the side. Like any X-ray procedure, chest X-rays expose the patient briefly to a small amount of radiation. Chest X-rays may reveal suspicious areas in the lungs but are unable to determine if these areas are cancerous. In particular, calcified nodules in the lungs or benign tumors called hamartomas may be identified on a chest X-ray and mimic lung cancer. Thanks for sharing article based on this and making us aware about the small and very much valuable things.

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