November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
“Lung Cancer & Second-Hand Smoke” presented by Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg & Dr. Joseph Henkle
and "Radon Safety at Home” presented by the IL Emergency Management Agency
FREE RADON KITS
Event sponsored by the Regional Cancer Partnership of IL
When: 5:45-6:45 p.m, Thursday, 11/21/13
Where: Dove Center, 619 E. Mason, Springfield (Just west of St. John’s Hospital)
Light refreshments & display tables from local health organizations featured
SIU Med School Part of National Emphysema Study
Individuals who are diagnosed with late-stage emphysema are needed to participate in a national multi-site study at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. The study is evaluating the Zephyr® endobronchial valve, an investigational, minimally invasive treatment option for individuals diagnosed with severe emphysema.
“This study could lead to a less invasive treatment for emphysema, resulting in improved patient breathing and quality of life,” said Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg, professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at SIU, who is directing the study.
The endobronchial valve is designed to decrease the diseased portion of the lungs and improve the ability of the healthier portion. This is expected to relieve the individual’s symptoms, allowing them to increase their activity levels and improve overall health.
Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is a major cause of disability and a major public health problem. The World Health Organization ranks it as the fourth leading cause of death today and it is expected to become the third leading cause of death worldwide by the 2030s. Most patients suffering from emphysema currently have few options for treatment.
Volunteers must be between the ages of 40 and 75 years and have not smoked for four months prior to the screening interview. Each participant will receive a physical examination and other tests prior to the clinical trial starting date and during 10 follow-up visits over a five-year period. There is no charge to the participants for the tests and medications related to the study, which is sponsored by Pulmonx Inc.
Theresa Boley, RN, MSN, is co author on the manuscripts listed below that have now been published online and in print.
For University of Missouri Newsletters: Theresa Boley, RN, MSN, APN/FNP, CCRP graduated with a BS in 1986 and an MS in 1990.
Vassileva, C, Boley, T, Standard, J, Markwell, S, Hazelrigg, S. Relationship Between Patient Income Level and Mitral Valve Repair Utilization. Heart Surgery Forum 2013 Apr 1; 16(2): E89-95. Doi: 10.1532/HSF98.20121105.
Christina M Vassileva, MD, Kathleen Kwedar, Theresa Boley, MSN, Stephen Markwell, MA, and Stephen Hazelrigg, MD Mitral Valve Procedure Selection in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. J Heart Valve Dis. 2013 Jan; 22(1): 14-19.
Grasch A, Boley T, Todd S, Hazelrigg S, Colle J, Henkle J. Daily Singing Practice as a Means of Improving Pulmonary Function and Quality of Life in Emphysema Patients. Cureus 5(3):e103.doi:10.7759/cureus.103