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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Patients Receive Complimentary Copy of Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Written By Fox Chase Cancer Center Surgeon Walter J. Scott, M.D.

Philanthropist Provides Funds To Purchase Hundreds of Books for Patients

PHILADELPHIA (November 12, 2002) -- Patients newly diagnosed with lung cancer commonly face multiple tests and procedures and a bewildering array of treatment options. The experience can be overwhelming, but now Fox Chase Cancer Center patients now have a special tool to help navigate the options.

A complimentary copy of Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment (Addicus Books), written by Fox Chase thoracic surgeon Walter J. Scott, M.D., will be given to Fox Chase patients made possible through the generous gift of an anonymous donor.

"It is critical that patients educate themselves about lung cancer and its treatment so they can seek the best therapies available," explained Scott. "I wrote this book because, despite advances in lung cancer treatment in the past several years, well over half of all lung cancer patients are not receiving the best treatment possible. Now, because of a generous donor, Fox Chase patients can read about these new and effective treatment options and make decisions in the privacy of their own homes."

In Lung Cancer; A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Scott discusses the most promising therapies for lung cancer available at comprehensive cancer centers such as Fox Chase Cancer Center. These therapies include the multimodality approach-a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Among the other topics he covers are early detection, staging the cancer, treatment options, alternative treatments, clinical trials and the emotional side of lung cancer, including "smoker's guilt."

New York Times reporter Jane Brody describes the book as one providing "easy-to-understand descriptions of modern treatments and ways to cope with their effects. He [Scott] includes a comprehensive discussion of complementary and alternative techniques that may help when used with conventional approaches."

Gail Hendler, M.D., of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, comments in the Library Journal Review: "This well-organized book capably guides the reader through a logical series of discussions, ranging from how the lungs work to end-of-life care. Few consumer health titles are exclusively devoted to lung cancer, and this one should prove a valuable addition to consumer health and library collections."

Scott is a noted surgical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He is a leading investigator at Fox Chase, conducting clinical trials to improve lung cancer treatment and enhance the quality of life of those diagnosed with the disease.

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates that lung cancer will kill approximately 154,900 people this year. More than 169,400 people are expected to be diagnosed with the disease in 2002.

Lung Cancer; A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment can be purchased online at or special ordered by many bookstores.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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