#LCSM Chat Topic 6/29: When Doctors Disagree

Increasingly, the care of lung cancer patients has become a multi-doctor, multi-disciplinary job.  Gone are the days (thankfully!) when a paternalistic doctor prescribed a treatment plan that was unquestioned by the patient.  The internet and ease of travel have allowed unprecedented access to information and to physicians.  As more treatment options and strategies become available for lung cancer patients, it is inevitable that they will be faced with differing opinions from their physicians with regard to how to personalize their care.  Examples are plentiful, such as decisions between surgery or radiation therapy… Read More

#LCSM Chat Topic 6/1: Community Grief: Dealing with our Cumulative Losses

There are many advantages to being an active participant in a cancer community: fellowship, access to information, advocacy and support, to name just a few. There is one major challenge, however, that comes along with this sense of community: some of our friends die. Whether in real life or online, strong connections are made with our fellow patients and caregivers. How do we cope with these seemingly unrelenting losses, and find the strength to go on? Please join us on Thursday, June 1, at 5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern, as we… Read More

#LCSM Chat Topic 4/6: Who Needs Research Anyway: How Have You Been Impacted by Lung Cancer Research?

  Our topic for the next #LCSM Chat on Thursday, April 6th at 5 PM Pacific/ 8 PM Eastern is “Who Needs Research Anyway: How Have You Been Impacted by Lung Cancer Research?” The moderator for this chat is Dr. David Tom Cooke (@DavidCookeMD) In its most recent budget outline, the Trump administration is looking to propose an 18% cut to the National Institute of Health’s (NIH; @NIH) $31.7 billion budget (#trumpbudget).  In addition to this funding cut, the Trump administration proposes to 1) reorganize the current NIH institute structure and 2)… Read More