Each November, we honor and remember those touched by lung cancer as part of Lung Cancer Awareness month. It’s wonderful to have a whole month set aside to focus on this disease, but it’s also very important to maintain awareness and stay educated.
Cancer cells are smart. They adapt to defend against the drugs we use to treat them, and tumors can develop resistance to certain drugs over time. This can vary from patient to patient. Our research at Roswell Park is offering new ways to get around these issues.
I am originally from Lebanon, and worked previously in New York, Maine and Pennsylvania. I am so pleased to be part of a thriving medical community at Roswell Park and to be caring for patients in the greater Buffalo region.
What is often most difficult in the general treatment of lung cancers is understanding the specific complexities of each unique case. For decades, doctors and the medical community alike have lumped all lung cancers together as one entity.
When thinking about lung cancer and its risk factors, it’s natural to immediately think about smoking. However, there are other forms of lung cancer and, with them, other risk factors. Mesothelioma is a rare, but serious, lung cancer heavily linked with exposure to asbestos.