First Annual Cancer Conference


Friday, April 26


Biomedical Research Auditorium
UT Health Northeast
11937 US Hwy 271
Tyler, TX 75708

The LUNG CANCER 2013 Conference is free, but seating is limited.

For reservations, call 903-877-7147

Lectures will be followed by the opportunity for questions and answers.


9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Registration and Booths
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Understanding Lung Cancer: Setting the Stage
Speaker: Tim Ochran, PhD
Did you know that lung cancer rates are higher in East Texas than anywhere else in the state? Even more concerning, we have fewer cancer specialists here per person. Physicist Dr. Tim Ochran will set the stage for our first-ever Cancer Conference with an overview of lung cancer trends in East Texas and nationwide, the reasons why it’s worse here, the significant impact on our region, and what resources exist to treat this dreaded disease.
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Lung Cancer: Are You or Someone You Know at Risk?
Speaker: Julie Philley, MD
You may think that the only risk factor for lung cancer is smoking. While cigarettes are certainly at the top of the list, other factors can play a significant role as well. Dr. Julie Philley, expert pulmonologist at UT Health, will review the risk factors for lung cancer, the impact of second-hand smoke, and why some smokers get lung cancer and others don’t. Most importantly, Dr. Philley will talk about smoking cessation and the options available for quitting.
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Facing a Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
Speaker: Bill Hyman, MD
A cough that doesn’t go way, breathlessness, weight loss, bone or chest pain, hoarseness – all are symptoms of lung cancer as well as a host of other diseases. So how is lung cancer diagnosed? Are there different types? What is genetic testing? And should a patient with lung cancer consider getting a second opinion? It can all be so confusing, but Cancer Specialist Dr. Bill Hyman, will clear up some of the confusion associated with a diagnosis of lung cancer.
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.
Break / Lunch / Booths
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Cancer Treatment: The Powerful Weapons in the War on Cancer
Speaker: Lewis Smith, MD
Imagine a laser beam so precise that it can target a tumor at less than a millimeter – the size of a few grains of table salt. Time was, the treatment of lung cancer was worse than the cancer itself because old radiation technology killed so much healthy tissue around the tumor. Combined with the amazing advances in chemotherapy, cancer survival rates are the highest they’ve been. Learn about the options, risks, side effects, and the amazing advances in cancer treatment with Dr. Lewis Smith, radiation oncologist expert.
12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Lung Cancer and Stacking the Deck in Your Favor
Speaker: Hitesh Singh, MD
Most people with cancer want a plan. They want to know everything about their disease, what the treatment plan is, how long it will take, and what the future holds. They also want to know what they can do to impact the outcome of their disease. Cancer authority Dr. Hitesh Singh will talk about what the role that education, nutrition, exercise, and support groups can play. He will also explain what clinical research is and how vitally important it is to cancer care and treatment.
1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
The Future of Cancer Care Puzzle: How Will the Pieces Fit?
Speakers: Edward Sauter, MD, PhD
Exciting breakthroughs in cancer research are on the horizon, so could a cure for cancer be in our future? Nationally renowned cancer surgeon, scientist, and medical educator Dr. Edward Sauter will discuss advances in lung cancer treatment and the impact DNA testing will have on the future of cancer research and detection. Dr. Sauter’s personal passion is cancer prevention. He believes strongly in and will review the steps that we can take now to significantly reduce our risk of developing cancer.

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