#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

#LCSM Chat Topic 9/7: Doing Cancer When You Have Kids

Original Photo by Unknown Author and this modified image are licensed under CC BY Although the average age for a lung cancer diagnosis is around 70 years old, an increasing number of younger patients are being diagnosed.  Many of these younger patients have especially aggressive cancer, and have children at home. The patient or their spouse/partner may be uncertain about when and how to tell their child about cancer, and struggle with finding supports that help the children process the situation. On September 7 at 8 pm Eastern Daylight Time (5 pm… Read More

#LCSM Chat Topic 7/13: Balancing Connection to Others in the Cancer Community with the Risk of Loss

Jack West, MD My father, now a retired radiologist, provided the first characterization of medical oncologists I ever heard, describing them as “the coldest people I ever met.” Thankfully, I’ve had the opportunity to work with, and I hope become, a caring and empathetic medical oncologist, but I think his perception comes from the resignation many oncologists have historically felt when so many patients die despite our best efforts. Oncologists, cancer surgeons, and other health care professionals have long struggled with the hope of developing and maintaining a relationship with their patients… Read More