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Lung Cancer: Medical and Surgical Options
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Peter Mazzone, MD, MPH

  • Director of the Lung Cancer Program
  • Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute

Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD

  • Surgical Director of the Center of Major Airway Disease
  • Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute

Lung cancer is a very challenging cancer to treat. The most critical factor in determining the survival rate is the stage at the time of diagnosis. Using a multidisciplinary approach to lung cancer care is vital to managing the disease. The Chest Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic, which includes specialists from the Respiratory Institute, Taussig Cancer Institute, Imaging Pathology and Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, uses a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. This allows us to focus our entire team’s expertise and energy on providing the best outcomes for our patients. Patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma and rare tumors of the chest wall and mediastinum (mid-chest cavity), can benefit from this comprehensive, coordinated care. While there is no one solution for treating lung cancer, there are many options.

Take this opportunity to learn more about lung cancer and have your questions answered by respiratory specialist Peter Mazzone, MD, MPH, and thoracic surgeon Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD.

Peter Mazzone, MD, MPH, is Staff and Director of Education at Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute. In addition, he is Director of the Lung Cancer Program for the Respiratory Institute and Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Mazzone is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. His specialty interests include lung nodules, lung cancer and intensive care unit medicine. His research interests focus on breath analysis, lung cancer diagnostics, lung nodule evaluation, lung physiology assessment and lung cancer screening.

Sudish Murthy, MD, is the Surgical Director of the Center of Major Airway Disease and a staff thoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He holds joint appointments with the Transplant Center and the Taussig Cancer Institute. Currently, Dr. Murthy is the NetWork Chair of the Interventional Chest/Diagnostic Procedure NetWork. He is board-certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery. His specialty interests include esophageal surgery; minimally invasive surgery including Robotics, bronchoscopic, laparoscopic and thorascopic procedures; general thoracic surgery and lung transplantation.

A dedicated researcher and prolific writer, Dr. Murthy has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific articles in leading peer-reviewed medical journals and more than a dozen chapters in medical textbooks. His research interests include lung cancer, lung transplant and emphysema.

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