Profiles in Lung Cancer – Day 10: Brendon Stiles, MD. “Even a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer is not a death sentence”

Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Day 10: Brendon Stiles, MD, Health Care Provider
“Even a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer is not a death sentence.”
Twitter handle: @BrendonStilesMD

Brendon Stiles, MD

Who is Brendon Stiles? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Ten years ago, I lost my father to lung cancer. After training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, I am now an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. I operate on and care for patients with lung cancer. I have written extensively about lung cancer screening and the management of early lung cancer. I am also a basic science researcher, trying to characterize a new therapeutic target for lung cancer. I am on the Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. In addition to being a surgeon and researcher, I consider myself to be a patient advocate.

What made you want to go into your line of work?
I love taking care of patients. In particular, I find that surgically resecting tumors from patients with early stage lung cancer and curing many of these patients is immensely satisfying. I enjoy the technical challenges and instant gratification of surgery.

Tell us about your father’s experience with lung cancer.
My dad died from metastatic lung cancer 10 years ago. Five years prior to that he had entered a pilot program for CT screening for lung cancer, however the program was stopped early and he did not continue with annual screening CT scans. By the time he was diagnosed after a visit to the emergency room, his cancer had spread … read more on Tori Tomalia’s blog “A Lil Lytnin Strikes Lung Cancer”

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