#LCSM Chat Topic 10/5: Lung Cancer Advocacy: How we can help ourselves

With November Lung Cancer Awareness Month #LCAM17 just around the corner, this is a good time to explore the many ways we can do advocacy work, whether for ourselves or on behalf of a loved one. In fact, this is the topic of this Thursday’s edition of #LCSM Chat at 5 pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern, moderated by Deana Hendrickson. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to it. Topic Questions T1: Are there particular advocacy groups with whom you like to work? Which ones? Why? T2: Have you ever done… Read More

#LCSM Chat topic 7/27: Happy birthday #LCSM–four and feisty!

Please join the #LCSM Chat on Thursday, July 27, at 8 pm Eastern Time (5 pm Pacific) to celebrate our fourth birthday. First, a little history….the #LCSM hashtag was originally used by @subatomicdoc (Matt Katz, MD) to represent Lung Cancer Social Media on June 22, 2013. The first-ever #LCSM Chat occurred on July 25, 2013.  Seventy-two patients, advocates, caregivers, family members, educators, healthcare providers, and researchers participated. The first #LCSM Chat topic question was “It’s our community. What do you hope to get out of #lcsm chat?”  The answers were diverse and… 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