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                                                                                                                                                                Bonnie Addario (left) is a Sequoia lung cancer patient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   What’s Your Risk?
                                                                                                                                                                who has been inspired to promote increased awareness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   According to the American Cancer Society, your risk of
                                                                                                                                                                about the disease and the need for patients to be strong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   developing lung cancer increases if you
                                                                                                                                                                advocates for their care. She’s also a Sequoia Hospital
                                                                                                                                                                Foundation board member, a member of the UCSF thoracic             n smoke tobacco or are married to a smoker (cause of 87

                                                                                                                                                                oncology board and an active proponent of the Sequoia              percent of lung cancers).
                                                                                                                                                                Hospital lung cancer program.                                      n work around asbestos, diesel exhaust, radioactive ores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   or certain inhaled chemicals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   n smoke marijuana.

the latest in                                                                                                                                                               The team often combines chemotherapy with              n undergo radiation therapy to the chest.

                                                                                                                                                                     surgery, a one-two punch that Dr. Jablons has been            n have silicosis or berylliosis (lung diseases).

                                                                                                                                                                     touting for years. Several studies now show that              n have a history of lung cancer, or have a parent or sibling

                                                                                                                                                                     postoperative chemotherapy significantly decreases the        who has had lung cancer.

                                                                                                                                                                     chance of recurrence.                                         n have lived in a radon-contaminated home.

                                                                                                                                                                            Crucial for planning post-op chemotherapy is
                                                                                                                                                                     surgical staging, which may involve dissecting chal-
                                                                                                                                                                     lenging areas around the heart and removing lymph
                                                                                                                                                                     nodes to precisely determine the tumor’s extent. Stag-

                                treatment                                                                                                                            ing is something Sequoia does extremely well with Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                     Jablons’ help. Chemotherapy may also be used before
                                                                                                                                                                     surgery, particularly to reduce large tumors and make
                                                                                                                                                                     them operable.
                                                                                                                                                                            Sequoia patients also benefit from other UCSF
                                                                                                                                                                     innovations. Some drugs that underwent clinical
                                                                                                                                                                     testing at UCSF—such as Tarceva and Iressa, which
                                                         An exciting new medical partnership brings

                                                                                                                                                                     block tumor cell growth—have entered mainstream
                                                     state-of-the-art therapies to Sequoia patients                                                                  treatment. And Dr. Jablons and his colleagues are
                                                                                                                                                                     working with top international scientists to explore
                       hen news anchor Peter Jennings died recently         which partners with faculty from the world-renowned                                      genetic mechanisms behind lung cancer. “If you
                       from lung cancer, the dreaded disease made           University of California, San Francisco Medical                                          understand what makes cancer cells tick,” he explains,
                       headlines. Sadly, Jennings’ battle wasn’t rare. In   Center (UCSF) lung cancer program. “This partner-                                        “you can develop more targeted treatments. This stuff
                  2005, nearly 14,000 Californians will be diagnosed        ship allows patients to have university-level care right                                 used to be science fiction. Now it’s just science.”
                  with lung cancer, which kills more people than any        here in their community,” says Melissa Lim, M.D., a                                             Sequoia’s partnership with Dr. Jablons addition-
                  other form of cancer.                                     Sequoia pulmonologist and co-creator of the program.                                     ally brings new hope to patients with mesothelioma,
                       If you have lung cancer, where can you find help?          Every Tuesday, David Jablons, M.D., a top lung                                     a rare but serious form of lung cancer. “Mesothelioma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lung Cancer Signs and Symptoms
                  Many patients place their trust in Sequoia Hospital,      cancer researcher and chief of general thoracic surgery                                  is difficult to treat. It’s an area that very few people in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Be aware of the following, which the American Cancer
                                                                            at UCSF, drives to Sequoia. He meets with patients                                       the country are focusing much research on, but Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Society says may indicate lung cancer:
                                                                            whose cases are complex, and strategizes treatment                                       Jablons’ lab is,” Dr. Lim explains. “His expertise helps
              find out more                                                 with Sequoia Hospital physicians, including Dr.                                          our patients who have the more rare thoracic cancers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   n A persistent cough, wheezing or shortness of breath

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   n Chest pain that worsens with deep breathing, coughing
                                                                            Lim; Fred Marcus, M.D., a medical oncologist; and                                        by providing easy access to someone who has seen
              Attend “New Directions in Lung Cancer Treatment,”                                                                                                                                                                    or laughing
              a free seminar presented by David Jablons, M.D., Thurs-
                                                                            Michael O’Holleran, M.D., a surgeon. “When lung                                          many cases.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   n Hoarseness
                                                                            cancer patients are seen by a multidisciplinary team,                                           The future is certainly looking brighter for peo-
                                                                                                                                       photo by Mathew SuMner

              day, November 10, 7–8 p.m., Sequoia Hospital. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   n Weight loss/reduced appetite
              information or to register, call (650) 482-6000.              they get much better care, and that translates into                                      ple who have lung cancer, as researchers devise more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   n Bloody spit or phlegm
              Click to learn more about             improved survival,” says Dr. Jablons. “What makes                                        effective treatments. Thanks to Sequoia’s partnership
              cancer care at Sequoia.                                       this all possible is the excellent team that we’ve as-                                   with a UCSF physician, patients at Sequoia are among          n Recurring bronchitis or pneumonia

                                                                            sembled—and an excellent hospital.”                                                      the first to receive innovative new therapies.                Talk to your doctor about lung cancer.

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