November 2, 2001

Coping with lung cancer topic of event

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Dr. John Tarpley addressed the crowd at last week’s Pastoral Care seminar. (photo by Dana Johnson)

“Living with Lung Cancer: A Program for Lung Cancer Survivors and Their Families” will be presented on Nov. 2 at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

The free event will be 10 a.m.-noon in room 1951 of The Vanderbilt Clinic. It is presented by Vanderbilt-Ingram and the Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education (ALCASE).

The program will feature a first-person perspective from Kevin Barrar, who is undergoing lung cancer treatment at Vanderbilt-Ingram, and his wife, Pam. The event will also include information about the latest advances in lung cancer treatment and research and resources available for patients and families facing this disease.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States, occurring in 170,000 people each year and claiming 158,000 lives each year. Cigarette smoking is the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, but the disease also affects non-smokers. In fact, one in six new cases of lung cancer occur in non-smokers, and half of the individuals who are diagnosed each year are former smokers.

This event is an initiative of the Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Lung Cancer at Vanderbilt-Ingram, one of only six such programs established in the United States by the National Cancer Institute and the only one in the Southeast.

For more information or to register for “Living with Lung Cancer,” call 343-6653 or e-mail