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Lung cancer causes the most cancer deaths worldwide, accounting for 1.8 million new cases and 1.6 million deaths annually. In 1987, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women, according to the American Lung Association.

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect time to learn more about this deadly disease.

“Many patients who are diagnosed with lung cancer suffer from social and emotional effects,” said Divyakant Gandhi, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon at McLaren Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons. “It is common for patients to experience feelings of self-blame and guilt when learning they have the disease. This can, among many other things, lead to a delay in seeking treatment, which makes the cancer more deadly every day.”

Quitting smoking isn’t easy; however, McLaren Greater Lansing now offers a class that may help. The American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking class is now offered at the Lansing-area hospital and can help community members who are looking for help quitting smoking.

“We are very excited to offer the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking classes beginning January 7, 2020,” said Becky Loomis, RN, lung cancer nurse navigator at McLaren Greater Lansing. “This seven-week program offers a systematic approach to quitting tobacco and provides a supportive environment for the participants. Please consider joining us as part of your New Year’s resolution for health.”

Getting help is the first step to living a life free of tobacco. Join McLaren Greater Lansing as they kick-off this great program.

Freedom from Smoking Group Quit Program | Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 5-7 p.m. | McLaren Greater Lansing, Breslin Cancer Center Conference Room

To sign-up for this program, contact Becky Loomis, RN, at (517) 975-8030 or

About McLaren Greater Lansing

McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren Orthopedic Hospital operate the region’s most distinguished cardiovascular and orthopedic surgery programs that—together with McLaren Greater Lansing’s oncology, women’s care and wide-ranging diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services—consistently lead in clinical quality and efficiency. The hospitals are part of McLaren Health Care, mid-Michigan’s largest health care system. Visit

About McLaren Health Care                        

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 620,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 26,000 employees and more than 85,500 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving Michigan and Indiana.