November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to increase public awareness and understanding of this mostly preventable cancer. It is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 234,030 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year and 154,050 people will die from the disease.

Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center experts are available to discuss diagnosis and treatment, innovations in treatment, and research initiatives as well as provide tips for successful smoking cessation. To reach any of the experts below, contact Michael Schug, communications manager, at maschug@iupui.edu or 317-278-0953.

Nasser Hanna, M.D., the Tom and Julie Wood Family Foundation Professor of Lung Cancer Clinical Research and professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine and a hematologist/oncologist specializing in thoracic oncology at the IU Simon Cancer Center. He leads several clinical trials for first-line treatments and for metastatic disease. Dr. Hanna can discuss the epidemiology of lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers, inflammation and lung cancer, treatment strategies and the future of lung cancer therapies.

Shadia Jalal, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine at IU School of Medicine and a hematologist/oncologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center. She focuses on management on all forms of lung cancer and DNA repair capacity and its impact on patient response to chemotherapy.

Lisa Carter Harris, Ph.D., APRN, assistant professor at  IU School of Nursing and a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at the IU Simon Cancer Center. Dr. Carter-Harris examines individual health beliefs that influence decisions about lung cancer screening. She has developed a computer tailored decision aid, LungTalk, to prepare patients to discuss lung screening with their health care providers.

Deborah Hudson, director of the Tobacco Treatment Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center, is available to share tips on how to successfully stop smoking and to discuss the latest research on what works and what doesn’t for smoking cessation programs. Health benefits associated with quitting smoking include a lowered risk of lung cancer and other types of cancer, reduced risk for heart disease, respiratory illnesses and infertility in women.