St. Elizabeth Healthcare is taking Facebook video viewers inside a lung-cancer operation Friday Cincinnati Enquirer
Joining a slow-growing movement within medicine to get more social with surgery, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is airing a video Friday morning on Facebook of a lung cancer operation on a 34-year-old Newport police officer.
Dr. Royce Calhoun, who performed the surgery Dec. 6, 2017 on Joshua Bucchi of Newport, will narrate the video. The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Facebook page will roll the video at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Calhoun will also answer viewers’ questions during the streaming. The video puts viewers in the surgical theater with the care team, and they will be able to see Calhoun removing cancer from Bucchi's lungs.
More hospital systems are using social media’s video functions to demystify medical procedures, including surgery, and educate users. In October, doctors at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas performed a lumpectomy on a breast-cancer patient and ran the video live on Facebook.
One goal of airing the surgery video is to awaken viewers to the importance of early screening for lung cancer, Calhoun said in a hospital-issued statement.
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“My message to patients out there or just the population at large in an area where smoking is so prevalent and lung cancer is so prevalent (is that) CT screening for lung cancer can completely save lives. And it will do it by detecting it earlier,” Calhoun said.
In the St. Elizabeth video, Calhoun will tell Bucchi’s story, from early detection testing through the surgery into post-operative care. Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in Ohio and Kentucky, and the Bluegrass State has the highest incidence of lung cancer in the country.
Bucchi has recovered and is back to work full-time.