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Inside the Operating Room: St. Elizabeth Healthcare to broadcast lung cancer surgery on Facebook

To culminate lung cancer awareness month, St. Elizabeth Healthcare thoracic surgeon, Dr. Royce Calhoun, will narrate a complex lung cancer surgery he previously performed, live on Facebook. 

The broadcast follows the story of 34-year-old father, Marine, and police officer, Joshua Bucchi. Viewers will hear Dr. Calhoun discuss lung cancer, talk through the surgery, and showcase the care needed to treat patients suffering from lung cancer.  

Dr. Royce Calhoun of St. Elizabeth Healthcare will narrate a complex lung cancer surgery performed on Joshua Bucchi, a 34-year-old father, Marine and police officer, on Facebook Live Friday, Nov.30 (provided photo).

Dr. Calhoun said, “At St. Elizabeth, we have a lot of expertise to offer. We can do  complex airway cases like Joshua has and have the patients do well.”

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States. Further, Kentucky has the highest incidence rate of lung cancer in the country. St. Elizabeth seeks to change these outcomes and improve lung cancer survival rates, while leading northern Kentucky to become one of the healthiest communities in America.

One way to accomplish this is by offering a lung cancer screening program to catch early, non-symptomatic lung cancer when it is at a more treatable stage.

“So my message to patients out there or just the population at large in an area where smoking is so prevalent and lung cancer is so prevalent, CT screening for lung cancer can completely save people’s lives. And it will do it by detecting it earlier,” said Dr. Calhoun.

The surgery will be broadcast on the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StElizabethHealthcare) beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 30. Dr. Calhoun will narrate the surgery in its entirety, and answer questions during this live-stream educational event. 

Joshua shared, “I think if anything this has been a blessing in disguise for me to realize my physical and emotional health — that I need to take better care of myself physically, and I need to let fewer things agitate me emotionally because they’re not worth it. And, if you love your family, if you have things in your life that are important to you, then you need to lay down those cigarettes.”

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