Dayton Medicine

The Dayton Physicians Network’s Dr. Tarek Sabagh is using immunotherapy to target lung cancer.

Corinne Minard

While any diagnosis of cancer is scary lung cancer is particularly intimidating. According to the Mayo Clinic, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States among both men and women. It leads to more cancer deaths than colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancer combined.

According to Dr. Tarek Sabagh of Dayton Physicians Network, this is because lung cancer patients tend to be diagnosed when the cancer is at a more advanced stage. The later that cancer is detected the less likely it is that treatments like chemotherapy will be beneficial.

However, the use of immunotherapy at Dayton Physicians is giving lung cancer patients in the Miami Valley a more effective option.

Sabagh says cancer in the body is similar to a weed in a garden.