11TH ANNUAL LUNG CANCER AWARENESS DINNER |
NOVEMBER 14

Anyone with lungs is at risk for lung cancer.

It doesn’t just strike tobacco users, senior citizens or people who worked around asbestos. Lung cancer is responsible for nearly one in five cancer deaths. It claims more lives yearly than breast, colon, prostate, kidney and melanoma cancer combined.

The national average for lung cancer detection is 1 in 320 people. In eastern North Carolina, we’re detecting it at a far higher rate – 1 for every 40. It’s important to act now to learn about the risk factors and symptoms.

Vidant Cancer Care and our renowned thoracic oncology specialists invite you to attend our 11th annual lung cancer awareness dinner. You’ll learn how pioneering therapies and frontier research right here in Greenville are bringing new hope to those living with lung cancer.

COME HEAR THE REAL NEWS ABOUT LUNG CANCER.

11th Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Dinner
Tuesday, November 14
6 – 8 pm
Rock Springs Center
4025 Hwy 43 North, Greenville

This event is free but registration is required. Space is limited, so register online now or call toll free 855-MYVIDANT (855-698-4326).

BE INSPIRED BY OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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GRETA KREUZ

Greta Kreuz is a veteran print, radio and TV journalist and the winner of multiple Emmy, Associated Press (AP) and Edward R. Murrow awards.

She is also a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor.

Greta spent 26 years as a TV news reporter and anchor in Washington, DC. During her tenure there, she covered major events and issues, and interviewed many prominent newsmakers - everyone from Hollywood stars to politicians, diplomats to drug dealers. Among them are President Jimmy Carter, Elizabeth Edwards, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Princess Diana.

In 2012, Greta received a shocking diagnosis of lung cancer. The healthy, active non-smoker chronicled her personal battle in an award-winning series during her treatment, and today is active in a number of organizations dedicated to fighting the disease.

Greta lives in Washington, DC. She enjoys spending time with her two children and longtime beau, as well as sharing her cancer experience with others.

LEARN WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Recognizing the signs of lung cancer is key to early detection and life-saving treatment.

  • A cough that gets worse and lasts for weeks
  • Coughing up blood or rust-colored phlegm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Pain in bones
  • Unintentional weight loss

KNOW THE FACTS

  • Anyone can get lung cancer.
  • Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancer combined.
  • The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is just 16 percent - a rate that has changed very little since the 1970s.
  • Nearly 65 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers.

CANCER CARE AT VIDANT HEALTH

Lung cancer is a complex disease that often requires different kinds of treatment from a variety of doctors. Our thoracic team is dedicated to providing timely and aggressive treatment, as well as compassionate care for patients and their families.

Our multidisciplinary approach means that you have access to a full range of specialists – physicians, nurses, surgeons, pulmonologists, oncologists, pathologists, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists and other professionals who work not only with you but also with each other to create the best treatment plan for your individual case. This approach to cancer care features leading-edge therapies, expert second opinions, support services, clinical trials and other resources.

THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DETECTION

Early detection is critical for treatment and survival. Vidant Health has developed a screening tool for current and former smokers ages 55-77 who qualify. It's available at each of our hospitals and is allowing us to detect lung cancer at a higher rate than the national average.

Learn more about the low dose CT scan and get a referral form to take to your doctor.

Visit our lung cancer website for valuable information and resources. We invite you to take a lung cancer risk assessment and share it with your friends and neighbors.

AND IT GETS EVEN BETTER

In the coming months, you’ll hear more about the new Cancer Center and Bed Tower at Vidant Medical Center, set to open spring 2018. This state-of-the-art facility will benefit cancer patients and their families at every stage of the journey.

We’re excited about the many opportunities the new center will provide for improving early detection and identifying new approaches to treatment and prevention. It is a symbol of our continued commitment to prevent cancer whenever possible, diagnose the disease in its earliest stages and ensure that patients in our region have access to world-class care close to home.