#LCSM Chat Topic 4/2/2020: #COVID19 and #LungCancer

It seems that the world has turned upside down.  At the time I write this, there have been almost 550,00 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the world and over 85,000 in the US.  Here in New York City there have been over 23,000 cases and 365 deaths as of March 27th (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html). The pandemic has placed enormous stress on our health care delivery system.  For lung cancer patients, it has affected healthcare providers’ ability to perform tests and radiologic procedures; provide timely diagnosis, staging, and care for early stage patients; and, in… Read More

#LCSM Chat 2020-02-06: Dealing with #lungcancer stigma and nihilism

  All too often, lung cancer patients encounter stigma towards their disease and nihilism towards their chances of beating it. Although the causal connection between tobacco smoking and lung cancer was heavily emphasized in well intended public campaigns designed to curb cigarette use, unintended consequences arose. Perhaps more than any other cancer, lung cancer is automatically associated with a bad personal choice – smoking. Many people believe patients could have avoided their lung cancer had they made better decisions. Such perceptions may stifle discussions about lung cancer, cause patients to refuse screening… Read More

#LCSM Chat 2020-01-09: Ways to support #lungcancer patients and caregivers

  Our first #LCSM Chat of 2020 will focus on ways to support lung cancer patients and caregivers. A lung cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for both patients and those who love them.  During diagnosis, the family schedule is disrupted by a myraid of doctors appointments and tests. The array of treatment options, newer therapies, and clinical trials is confusing. Once treatment begins, side effects and medical appointments may crowd out normal routine and make cancer the focus of everything.  If the cancer returns or progresses, the cycle begins again. If the… Read More