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Memorial Medical Center to Host Free Lung Cancer Awareness Event

Memorial Medical Center will host a free community event to inform and educate people about lung cancer on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), 228 W. Miller St.

The program, “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer,” begins at 6 p.m. in room 2A on the MCLI's second floor.

The two-hour program will feature Dr. Traves Crabtree and Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg, both with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and Dr. P.J. Nanavati with University Radiologists. The program will also honor people living with lung cancer and those who have been lost to the disease.

Crabtree, a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor with the division of cardiothoracic surgery in the department of surgery at SIU School of Medicine, will discuss lung cancer prevention and screenings.

Hazelrigg, chair of cardiothoracic surgery at Memorial Medical Center and the division of cardiothoracic surgery at SIU School of Medicine, will present new and innovative treatments for lung cancer.

Nanavati, a radiation oncologist, will discuss the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy to treat lung cancer.

Alicia Sparks, manager of integration management at Memorial Medical Center, will speak about mindfulness and lead the audience in a mindfulness exercise.

A custom-made lung model with camera will be set up for participants to visualize what takes place during lung cancer surgery.

Shine a Light on Lung Cancer events, sponsored by the Lung Cancer Alliance, are hosted by healthcare facilities across the nation in November as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Free parking is available in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation's parking garage at Rutledge and Carpenter streets. Light refreshments will be served.

To register, visit MemorialMedical.com/Events or call 217-588-6254.

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