Shine a Light on Lung Cancer offered Nov. 13 at Regional Cancer Center

Staff Report

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center will host a lighting ceremony as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about lung cancer. At 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, the Regional Cancer Center will join 200 communities across the country in hosting Shine a Light on Lung Cancer in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).

Local lung cancer patients, survivors, family members, caregivers and the community are invited to participate in this very special event. A social hour and music begin at 5:30 p.m.; the Shine a Light program, featuring speakers from SwedishAmerican Health System and a lung cancer survivor, will begin at 6 p.m.; and a lighting ceremony in the Healing Garden will begin at 7 p.m.

Every year, more people die from lung cancer than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. Additionally, nearly 80 percent of those diagnosed are former smokers or non-smokers. The Regional Cancer Center Shine the Light event will provide hope, inspiration and support, empowering attendees to join the historic movement for lung cancer and ease the burden of all of those impacted.

The Regional Cancer Center is honored to host Shine a Light on Lung Cancer this year,” said Regional Cancer Center Director Diane Scoville. “So many people in this area are impacted by lung cancer, and this is one way for our community to come together and help raise awareness for this disease.”

For more about Shine a Light on Lung Cancer, visit

Located at 3535 N. Bell School Road in Rockford, near Riverside and I-90, the two-story SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center offers radiation therapy, medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Patients have access to clinical trials; state-of-the-art linear accelerator treatments such as IGRT, IMRT, Rapid Arc, OBI and stereotactic services; and advanced medical imaging. The center also includes healing gardens and offers a number of holistic and support services, making it unlike any other facility in northern Illinois.

Posted Nov. 5, 2014

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