Breathe Easier & Get Screened


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and detecting the disease in its earliest stages can mean more tomorrows for you or your loved ones.

As a thoracic surgeon, Emily Cassidy, M.D. focuses on treating chest organs, including the lungs at  Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. She emphasizes that lung cancer is a survivable disease if it is caught at an early state through screenings.

“Lung cancer has the highest mortality rate for cancer in the country,” says Dr. Cassidy. “With most lung cancers being asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) at early stages, the only way to identify it is through screening. Research shows a 20% decrease in lung cancer deaths through detection of the disease before it has advanced.”

Watch the video below to learn more about the importance of lung cancer screenings, who needs to be screened and how the Cancer Center has new cloud-based software to for lung cancer screening and incidental nodule management.


The Cancer Center is expanding its comprehensive lung cancer program with the addition of Nick LeBlanc, M.D., to the Thoracic Surgery Clinic.

Dr. LeBlanc completed his medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed a general surgery residency at the Virginia – Tech Carilion Clinic, where he also gained experience in emergency general surgery and trauma surgery. In addition, he completed a thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Centre in Canada.

Watch his video below to learn more about Dr. LeBlanc and why he is excited to be caring for patients at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.