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#LCSM Chat 11/29: What’s a cancer model, and why should I care?

Once your take cancer cells out of a living body, the cancer cells die, right?  So how researchers study cancer?

One way researchers study cancer is by using “cancer models.”  Cancer models are clumps of living cancer cells that exist either in a lab dish (see image above), or in animal models such as mice. Sometimes these models also include other living cells from the host environment.  It’s not exactly the same as studying a living cancer in its human host, but it does allow researchers time to study the biology of a cancer and test different treatments against it.

In our Thursday, November 29, 2018 #LCSM Chat, we’re going to talk about cancer models. Our moderator Janet Freeman-Daily (@JFreemanDaily)–who presented a poster about the ROS1 Cancer Model Project at AACR in April 2018–will lead our discussion using the following questions:

  • T1: What are cancer models?  What types of cancer models are currently used?
  • T2: How are cell lines created, and how are they used in research?
  • T3: How are Patient-Derived Xenograft (PDX) mice models made, and how are they used in research?
  • T4: What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of cancer models?
  • T5: Where can we learn more about cancer models and support research with cancer models?

Hope you will join us for this tweetchat on November 29 at 5pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern.  Please remember to include #LCSM in ALL your tweets so the other chat participants can see them. If you need a refresher on how to participate, read our primer on participating in the chat . Note that some tweetchat apps (like tchat.io) will not display tweets longer than 140 characters.

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#LCSM Chat Topic 11/15/2018: #LCAM Open Mic Nite

On Thursday November 15, 2018, at 8 PM Eastern Time (5 PM Pacific Daylight Time), #LCSM Chat will hold an Open Mic Nite. We’ll be discussing Lung Cancer Awareness Month (#LCAM) and whatever additional lung cancer topics are foremost on our minds. Our moderator will be Janet Freeman-Daily (@JFreemanDaily). This would be a particularly good chat for those who are just starting with Twitter or tweet chats (please check out our tweetchat primer). Hope you’ll join us!

#LCSM Chat Topic 11/1: #LCAM and the Evolution of Lung Cancer Advocacy

November 1 marks the beginning of Lung Cancer Awareness Month (#LCAM). During our next #LCSM Chat on Twitter, we will talk about how lung cancer advocacy has evolved over the past five years since #LCSM Chat began in the summer of 2013, as well as #LCAM 2018 social media resources and planned events. (Note we’re using #LCAM, not #LCAM2018 or #LCAM18–the #LCAM2018 and #LCAM18 hashtags have been taken by the liver cancer community this October).

Moderator Janet Freeman-Daily (@JFreemanDaily) will lead our discussion using the following questions:

  • T1: In your view, how has #lungcancer advocacy changed over the past five years?
  • T2: What do you think has contributed to changes in #lungcancer advocacy over the past five years?
  • T3: What are some of the notable successes and challenges in #lungcancer advocacy?
  • T4: What #SoMe (social media) resources are available for advocates during #LCAM?
  • T5: What events are you planning to sponsor/attend during #LCAM this November?

Hope you will join us for this tweetchat on November 1 at 5pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern.  Please remember to include #LCSM AND #LCAM in ALL your tweets so the other chat participants can see them. If you need a refresher, read our primer on participating in the chat . Note that some tweetchat apps (like tchat.io) will not display tweets longer than 140 characters.

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