Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, according to Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD. Some notable risk factors that point to lung cancer, reports Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD, include first- and second-hand smoking, as well as occupational exposures to certain carcinogens like radon gas. But treatments for lung cancer, notes Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD, have come a long way in the past few decades.
According to Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD, traditional lung cancer treatments like surgery and chemotherapy are not the only choices anymore. Newer treatments for lung cancer are also available, says Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD, like photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery, electrocautery, and more. Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD also points out that each lung cancer treatment has its own strengths and weaknesses, as well as unique side effects.
An expert oncologist, Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD believes in selecting a lung cancer treatment only after a careful evaluation of each patient’s particular case. When it comes to treatment, Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD has always focused on the needs and wishes of his patients in order to develop an individualized program. Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD has assisted patients in narrowing their treatment options based on the latest research and practices. Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD also believes that it is important to educate patients so that they can distinguish treatments that are palliative from those that are geared toward a cure, weighing the side effects of each type of treatment. Treatments are periodically refined, notes Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD, according to ongoing developments in oncology. For example, histologic subtypes have gained importance in evaluating lung cancers, points out Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD, beyond the size of the cell groupings.
Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD is a Tennessee Board Certified Oncologist and Internist who has dedicated his profession to fighting cancer and promoting wellness. After an academic life punctuated by successes at Duke, Vanderbilt and London University, Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD settled in Middle Tennessee to pursue a passion to heal and help those less fortunate. Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD and his wife are dedicated to their local community, volunteering with local ministries and non-profits to aid the homeless and others less fortunate than them. Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD has also volunteered abroad on medial relief trips to Haiti, which have become more important than ever since the earthquake of January 2010. Dr. Jerry Michael Foster MD is also an avid American history buff and collector of Civil War memorabilia.