To Participate in #LCSM Chat

How do I join the #LCSM tweetchat?

You will need a Twitter account to view or participate in the tweetchat.

Although you can follow this chat using just Twitter, you’ll find it much easier to keep up if you use a tweetchat tool. Both methods are described below.

Everyone introduces themselves at the beginning. Those who are just lurking enter a tweet that says only “#LCSM” to announce their presence.

The moderator then presents topics for discussion and assigns each topic a number (T1, T2,T3, or Q1, Q2, Q3). Once he tweets a topic, people respond to it with comments and questions. It helps others track the conversation if you put the topic number at the beginning of your tweet.


To participate in a tweetchat using Twitter:

1. Sign in to your Twitter account.

2.  To see ONLY the tweets in the tweetchat (which makes following the conversation much easier), filter your Twitter feed to show only tweets containing the hashtag “#LCSM”.  To filter your Twitter feed, enter “#LCSM” in the search box containing the magnifying glass at the top of your Twitter feed–the box is outlined in red for emphasis in the example below.  Be sure to click on “Live” below the large “#LCSM” title — if you don’t click on Live, your feed will only show you some (not all) of the tweets containing #LCSM.

How To Search for LCSM on Twitter

3.  To add your tweets to the chat, include the designated hashtag (in this case “#LCSM”) in every tweet you want to be seen in the chat.


To participate in the chat using a tweetchat tool:

You’ll find it much easier to follow and participate in the chat by using a tweetchat tool like To do this:

1. Sign in to Twitter.  Be sure your Twitter privacy settings allow anyone to see your tweets.

2.  Enter the URL “” in your browser (or click here to be taken there).

3. Enter “#LCSM” in the box on the screen, and click “Start Chatting”
– or go directly to the #LCSM chat room

4. Click on “Sign in to get an in-page tweet box” just below the white box, then click “Authorize App” on the next screen to login to Twitter. You’ll then be redirected back to the page. This will allow you to type your tweets in the textbox at the top of the page. will automatically add the #LCSM hashtag at the end of your tweet so it will be seen in the chat.

5. Click on “hide retweets” (just below the blue “Tweet” bar). Hiding retweets will make it easier to follow the conversation.


What is an #LCSM tweetchat?

On Twitter, the hashtag #LCSM stands for Lung Cancer Social Media. People use that hashtag in tweets every day to flag tweets that talk about lung cancer treatment, research, funding, or patient issues.

An #LCSM tweetchat is a set time when people interested in lung cancer are all on twitter at the same time with a moderator to chat about lung cancer Our tweetchats lasts one hour. All tweets that include the #LCSM hashtag during the specified hour will be included in the tweetchat transcript.

Hundreds of #LCSM tweets will be tweeted during the chat. Participants in the tweetchat have included researchers, oncologists, palliative care specialists, surgeons, advocates, counselors, caregivers, family members, and patients who are working or coping with lung cancer.

#LCSM chats are for sharing information within the lung cancer community. We hope to serve as a neutral voice. In order to maintain a neutral voice, we strive to keep #LCSM chats free of endorsements and advertisements.  We understand organizations and individuals may have products or services they consider relevant to a chat topic. However, we ask that tweeters please refrain from promoting products, services or organizations during #LCSM chat.


When and where does the #LCSM tweetchat take place?

#LCSM tweetchats occur monthly on a Thursday at 8 PM Eastern Time (5 PM Pacific). You can find the date of the next chat here.


What does a tweetchat look like?

You can see transcripts of previous #LCSM tweetchats on the page titled “Schedules and Transcripts.”


What will people talk about in the tweetchat?

The chat will focus on the questions posed by the moderator (@JackWestMD, @louisianagirl91, and/or @JFreemanDaily). You can read the questions and background about the topic 3-5 days before each chat on the #LCSM Chat blog. You can also find information about past chats and future topics on the page titled “Schedules and Transcripts.”

In the chat, you will see tweets that introduce participants and acknowledge the presence of other participants. Occasionally someone will pop in and ask whatever question is on their mind, but due to the rapid pace of the chat, questions unrelated to the topics might not get answered.

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