Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Surgeon discusses promising lung cancer screenings

Dr. Marcelo DaSilva, division director of Thoracic Surgery, talks about how Loyola has been a pioneering medical center in so many specialties. He specializes in cancer, especially lung cancers such as mesothelioma. Lung cancer kills more people than cancers of the prostate, colon and the breast combined each year.

Currently, about 150,000 people die of lung cancer every year in the U.S. And this statistic continues to rise. But there is a very promising lung screening using a CT scan that has been shown to reduce mortality by 20 percent. This is a test that your primary care physicians can order. For early-stage lung cancer (Stage I-II), surgery is the best option and patients can actually be cured. This is why early lung screening is so important.

Loyola now offers 3-D lung surgery using minimally invasive techniques. To reduce your risk for lung cancer, Dr. DaSilva strongly recommends not only that you quit or not start smoking, but also that you avoid second-hand smoke.

He also talks about conditions that may lead to lung transplant, such as cystic fibrosis. Loyola is one of the few centers in the U.S. to complete more than 750 lung transplants. Dr. DaSilva is a leading expert in mesothelioma, which is often triggered by exposure to asbestos.

He talks about how important it is to see a physician or surgeon who has experience in treating mesothelioma because this makes a huge difference in a patient's results. He talks about one technique that bathes the lungs with heated chemotherapy, killing any stray cancer cells in the lungs.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.