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Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

By Brendon M. Stiles, MD, FACS

March 9, 2018

People often use the expression, “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” Unfortunately for lung cancer patients, the opposite is almost always assumed to be true. Where there is fire (in this case, lung cancer), it is assumed that smoking must have preceded it. This assumption often leads to the question, “Did you smoke?” following almost every personal revelation of lung cancer. Few questions engender such anger and annoyance in patients as that one, particularly in the 10%-20% of lung cancer patients who are “never smokers.”

Here is a link to the article: Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

Refusing Surgery for Esophageal Cancer May Cause Severe Consequences for Patients

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1/30/2018)  Patients with esophageal cancer who refuse surgery when it is recommended are less likely to survive long term than similar groups of patients who undergo an operation, according to research presented today by Dr Sebron Harrison at the 54th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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A NY Woman’s Story of Getting a New Sternum from a 3D Printer

Dr. Jeffery L. Port discusses creating a custom-made sternum using a 3D printer for a patient suffering from chronic pain following surgery to remove cancerous bone tissue.

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Dr. Arash Salemi Featured in Health Matters

Dr. Arash Salemi, the surgical director of the Acquavella Heart Valve Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center recently featured in Health Matters discussing the role of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

In the article, he is quoted “The exciting things about the technology are, one, that we are able to treat a wider range of patients than we otherwise would have with just open-heart surgery. We have more options for our patients. Also, it’s less invasive physiologically than open-heart surgery. Because of that, recovery is quick. You see patients rebound and go home. They’re doing what they wanted to be doing two weeks ago. They’re doing it now without a problem. It’s very gratifying.”

Here is a link to the article:  https://healthmatters.nyp.org/walk-woods-noma-bar/

Dr. Brendon Stiles

Appointed as Co-Chairman of the ASCO:SBRT in Early-Stage NSCLC Guideline Endorsement Panel

Appointed as Chair of the two peer review panels within the Lung Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

 

Patients with Lung Cancer Have Risk of Cancer-Associated Suicide

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By Allie Casey

June 23

Continuing coverage of Drs. Jeffrey L. Port and Mohamed Rahouma’s study, presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2017 international conference, which found that people with lung cancer have a strikingly higher-than-normal risk of suicide.

 

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