#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… Read More

#LCSM Chat Topic 5/3/18:  What Defines a “Quality” #LungCancer Treatment Center?  Thoughts from the Frontline

Our topic for the #LCSM Tweet Chat on Thursday, May 3rd (5 PM Pacific/8 PM Eastern) is “What Defines a “Quality” #LungCancer Treatment Center?  Thoughts from the Frontline.” The moderator for this chat is Dr. David Tom Cooke (@DavidCookeMD). Recently the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced it would cover next-generation sequencing (NGS) for US patients with stage III or IV lung cancer when ordered by a physician and performed in a CLIA-certified laboratory.  This decision makes broad genomic testing to available to many more patients.  Having increased access to… Read More

#LCSM Chat Topic 11/2: What Was Your Favorite #LCSM Chat, and Why?

We are excited to kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month with an awesome topic. The next #LCSM Tweet Chat on Thursday, November 2nd at 5 PM Pacific/ 8 PM Eastern is “What Was Your Favorite #LCSM Chat, and Why?” The moderator for this chat is Dr. David Tom Cooke (@DavidCookeMD) From July 25, 2013, our inaugural Chat, to September 7, 2017, we have hosted 102 Tweet Chats. Using Symplur Signals (Symplur LLC, Los Angeles, CA) we were able to do a deep dive into the analytics of those chats. During those 102… Read More