Fighting to Breathe: Lung Disease in KY

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Fighting to Breathe: Lung Disease in Kentucky is a new three-part series from KET that examines the under told story of lung disease in Kentucky: the causes, the impact on those afflicted and the exciting new developments in treatment and prevention.

Hosts Renee Shaw and Dr. Wayne Tuckson speak with researchers, experts, advocates and cancer survivors who reveal eye-opening information that challenges our basic assumptions about lung health. Along the way, viewers will learn about the anatomy of the respiratory system as well as the resilience and vulnerability of the human lung which inhales and exhales over 400 liters of air every hour.

Fighting to Breathe is funded, in part, by grants from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Medical Association through a grant from the Anthem Foundation.

Fighting to Breathe is funded, in part, by grants from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Medical Association through a grant from the Anthem Foundation.

The three episodes (and related KET forum) are:

The Threats Around Us
Every minute our lungs are fighting off and expelling unwanted particles, toxins, and biologic agents. The COVID-19 pandemic was a wakeup call to remind us that no one is immune to respiratory invaders. In this episode, we examine the major threats to lung health - especially in low-income communities -- and what happens when the lungs’ defenses are overwhelmed.
KET Monday, Feb. 21 • 9/8 pm

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma
COPD and Asthma are two of the most common chronic lung diseases. In this episode, we explore the causes, diagnosis (and misdiagnosis) and best practices for treating these diseases clinically. The program also presents new research from the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville and looks at innovative public health measures to address these conditions.
KET Monday, Feb. 21 • 9:30/8:30 pm

Lung Cancer
Until very recently, the news about lung cancer was uniformly bleak. However, with the advancement of low dose CT scans for detecting early lung cancers in smokers and formers smokers, the tide is changing. In this episode we examine how these scans are saving lives and the need for more people to take advantage of them. We also explore new treatments for lung cancer – targeted therapies and immunotherapies – that are increasing survival rates. And we learn more about the 20% of lung cancer patients who never smoked who are desperate for others to understand that we are all at risk for lung cancer.
KET Monday, Feb. 28 • 9/8 pm

Fighting to Breathe: A KET Forum
This one-hour forum explores the next steps in the fight to reduce the burden of lung disease in the Commonwealth and enhance the respiratory health of all Kentuckians.
KET Monday, Feb. 28 • 9:30/8:30 pm
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