#LCSM Chat Topic 04/11/2019: Why research matters for lung cancer

It’s easy to understand the importance of lung cancer education and advocacy.  Of COURSE we should help patients and caregivers learn more about different types of lung cancer, biomarker testing, and treatment options.  Of course we should help them come together, to raise their voices, to make the general public understand the terrible toll lung cancer extracts from individuals and society, to combat stigma and nihilism. But what about research?  Some people suggest research isn’t as important as education or advocacy. They ask, “But what does research actually do for today’s patients?”… Read More

#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 10/04/2018: Highlights from #WCLC2018

After a summer hiatus, #LCSM Chat is returning to Twitter!  Our first chat of the fall will be on Thursday, October 04, at 5pm Pacific Time (8 pm Eastern).  We will be reviewing key presentations from the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (#WCLC2018) held September 23-26 in Toronto, Canada.  Our special guests for this chat will be the Communications Team from the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), the organizers of WCLC, and our moderator will be Janet Freeman-Daily (@JFreemanDaily). WCLC abstracts may be oral presentations (20… Read More