#LCSM Chat Topic 4/24: Cost vs. Value with Expensive Cancer Treatments

Our topic for the upcoming #LCSM tweet chat on Thursday, April 24 at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific is the question of “cost vs value” in cancer treatments. The moderator for this chat will be Dr. Jack West. ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) has recently announced an initiative to define value in cancer treatments and apply some expectations of which drugs should be used, given their remarkable cost. Newer medications are typically costing about $10,000 per month, and the price is rising rapidly. Newer drugs have varying amounts of evidence… Read More

December 19 #LCSM Chat: “Lung Cancer Screening – The Good, The Bad and the Indolent”

The next #LCSM Chat will occur on December 19 at 5 PM Pacific Time (8 PM ET), and will be moderated by Janet Freeman-Daily.  The theme will be “Lung Cancer Screening – The Good, The Bad and the Indolent.” Discussion topics for #LCSM Chat: T1: For patients who don’t fit “older heavy smoker” profile, should doctor order low-dose CT screening if patient requests it? #LCSM T2: Some lung nodules are not cancer. When are you comfortable just watching a lung nodule instead of treating it? #LCSM T3: A new blood test detects… Read More

November 7 #LCSM Chat Preview

This Thursday, November 7th at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific, we’ll gather in the Twitterverse for another one hour #LCSM (lung cancer social media) tweet chat. This time, the topic will be on biopsies and tissue collection. Now that we’ve entered a new era where more and more of our treatments are guided by molecular markers and patient selection based on subgroups, we need more biopsy material more often. The world has changed faster than our standard practices. 1)   Barriers to tissue collection: Do patients understand the need for biopsy material & what… Read More