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Episode Three: Lung Cancer

Episode Three: Lung Cancer

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24 minutes. Originally aired on November 10, 2009.
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Because it shows so few symptoms, most lung cancers are not diagnosed until they have reached stage 4 and spread to other parts of the body. Dina Dubey was fortunate: her lung cancer was detected early. In this episode, we talk with Dina, a lung cancer survivor from Northern Vermont, and advance practice nurse Wendye DiSalvo, who works with patients in Norris Cotton Cancer Center's Interdisciplinary Lung Cancer Program.

Diagnosed in March 2008 with stage 2B lung cancer, Dina received her chemotherapy in Lebanon, but was able to receive her radiation therapy in St. Johnsbury, which is close to where she works. Dina completed treatment in August 2008 and to date has been cancer free.

In addition to DiSalvo's work in the Cancer Center's Interdisciplinary Lung Cancer Program, DiSalvo also sees people in the Smoking Cessation Clinic, which is open to anyone over the age of 18 who wants to end their dependence on tobacco. DiSalvo also authored a book, A Nurse's Guide to Caring for Cancer Survivors: Lung Cancer, which provides valuable tips on counseling people with cancer through the various aspects of survivorship, including diagnosis and treatment, follow-up, healthy behaviors, and personal growth.

Dina and DiSalvo also talk about the Great American Smokeout on November 19, during which smokers across the nation take part by smoking less or quitting for the day.