Getting a Grip on Anxiety While Fighting Lung Cancer

Panel Interview with Susan Varghese, RN, MSN at MD Anderson, Dr. Rebecca Suk Heist, MD, MPH at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Dr. George Simon, MD, FACP, FCCP at MD Anderson, and Melinda Dunn, Stage IV Lung Cancer Survivor, Patient Advocate

At the LUNGevity Live Town Meeting at MD Anderson Cancer Center in March 2016, Andrew Schorr interviews the panel about understanding anxiety, depression, and the statistics of lung cancer. Susan Varghese begins by explaining that by patients talking and asking their healthcare team for help allows them to understand and then prescribe the appropriate care for them. Dr. Heist and Dr. Simon caution patients to interpret statistics with care because the are only averages, and not specifically about you. Every case and person are different. Melinda adds to that by saying she overcame her cancer by refusing to believe the statistics because “it’s not me, Melinda, it’s some group.”

Watch the full video below to hear all about anxiety and statistics from four lung cancer experts.

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What Supportive Care Drugs Help with Weight Loss in Lung Cancer?

Interview with Susan Varghese, RN, MSN and Dr. George Simon, MD, FACP, FCCP at MD Anderson Cancer Center

In this interview at the Lung Cancer Town Meeting at MD Anderson Cancer Center in March 2016, Andrew Schorr asks Susan and Dr. Simon about the side effects associated with lung cancer treatment, especially weight loss. Susan talks about an herbal drug that she uses and shows great results for her patients. Dr. Simon then talks about an anti-cachexia drug.

Watch the full video below to here all about supportive care from two lung cancer experts.

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Helping to Manage Side Effects in Lung Cancer Treatment

Interview with Susan Varghese, RN, MSN at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Andrew Schorr interviews Susan Varghese, a 10-year nurse practitioner veteran with lung cancer patients, about the side effects associated with treatment. She begins by explaining some of the common side effects, like the ones listed here:

  • Fatigue
  • Change in appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

Initially, she suggests managing your side effects with over the counter drugs, but if that does not work there are several new drugs available. These drugs can be administered before, during, and even after treatments. The main goal is to keep a healthy, nutritious diet and maintain your weight so you have the strength to fight your disease. And remember, communication with your medical team is key to getting the care you need. Watch the video below to hear all of Susan’s knowledge and advice.

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Clinical Trials: Building on What We Know and What We Can Achieve

Interview with Dr. George Simon, MD, FACP, FCCP at MD Anderson and Dr. Rebecca Suk Heist, MD, MPH at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

At the LUNGevity Live Lung Cancer Town Meeting, Andrew Schorr interviews Dr. Simon and Dr. Heist about clinical trials. Dr. Simon explains how clinical trials can give you access to tomorrow’s medicine today. For example, Bevacizumab was first introduced in a clinical trial in 1999, but did not get approved or become standard of care until 2006/2007. Next. Dr. Heist explains how the phases of clinical trials.

  • Phase 1: Testing to find the right dosage in people
  • Phase 2: Once the recommended dose is know, testing is done to find out the real response rate and real efficacy in people
  • Phase 3: Once the dose and results are known, a randomized study is done to compare it to the standard of care to see if it really is better

Watch the full video below to hear all about clinical trials from two lung cancer experts.

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