FAIRFAX, Va. (September 3, 2014) – YES! Beat Liver Tumors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of patients diagnosed with primary or metastatic liver tumors, will cosponsor a patient and caregiver event in conjunction with Inova Fairfax Hospital and Life with Cancer at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Life with Cancer (8411 Pennell St.). The program is designed to offer options, resources, support and hope for those whose cancer has metastasized.
YES! advocates are working with cancer specialists from these local healthcare facilities to raise awareness for liver and other tumor treatment options in the greater Fairfax area.
“Every year more than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with liver tumors, and many are told, as I was, to get their affairs in order,” said Suzanne Lindley, co-founder and executive director of YES! and 16-year cancer survivor. “We want to let patients and physicians know there are treatment options available – liver tumors, and other tumors that have spread, are no longer a death sentence.”
This educational series, offered at medical centers across the country, is designed to provide patients and caregivers the opportunity to hear Lindley’s empowering story that there is hope despite a devastating diagnosis. Joining Lindley are medical oncologist Raymund Cuevo, M.D.; medical oncologist Raymond Wadlow, M.D.; surgical oncologist James Piper, M.D.; and interventional radiologist and Program Director Calvin Neithamer, M.D., FACR.
The physician panel will discuss emerging therapies they are offering in their multidisciplinary approach to care, such as Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) using yttrium-90 microspheres that directly target liver tumors while sparing healthy liver tissue.
“This event will give patients in our area a great opportunity to hear Suzanne’s inspirational survival story and learn more about treatment options for cancer that has spread,” said Dr. Neithamer. “At Inova Fairfax Hospital we are using some of the latest therapies available to treat metastasized tumors, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to share this information with patients, their families and the community.”
For more information on the free event, or to register, please visit www.beatlivertumors.org or call 877-937-7478. Please note that space is limited. Reservations are a must and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided.
YES! is a grassroots organization that was created out of the need to provide cancer patients with experience and insight that can increase the treatment possibilities available for those who have liver involvement. It is made up of survivors who have undergone targeted therapy for liver metastases (cancer that has spread to the liver) or hepatocellular (liver) cancer. We are an organization dedicated to sharing timely and reliable information. We hope this sharing enables informed choices regarding treatment and recovery. We ultimately strive to enhance the quality of life for all of those affected by liver related tumors. For more information visit www.BeatLiverTumors.org or call the Survivor Line at 877-937-7478.
Inova is a not-for-profit health care system located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, serving over two million people with over 1,700 licensed beds based in Northern Virginia. Inova consists of five hospitals including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Inova encompasses many health services including the nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational
Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital. Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.
About Life with Cancer
Life with Cancer, a part of Northern Virginia’s Inova Health System, offers support and education for anyone affected by cancer to help people cope with their individual cancer and its treatments in the best way possible. Life with Cancer’s unique approach to cancer education and support using both Oncology Certified Nurse Educators and Licensed Clinical Social Workers provides a one-of-a-kind partnership for addressing all the needs of someone experiencing cancer in their life.
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