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 cancer is metastatic and not curable, it seems like one can plan life only from scan to scan. Given the shock of an often unexpected diagnosis and the seriousness of the disease, patients and families sometimes have difficulty communicating honestly and effectively about their experiences, what’s most important to them, and the best path forward.
On January 9 at 8 pm Eastern Time, moderator @JFreemanDaily will use the following questions to lead a discussion about ways to support lung cancer patients, their caregivers, and family members:
- T1. What are the biggest challenges faced by lung cancer patients, caregivers and families? Which factors most influence these challenges–cancer staging, family status, finances, access to lung cancer specialists, … ?
- T2. What support resources are available ONLINE for lung cancer patients, caregivers, and families?
- T3. What support resources and services are available for lung cancer patients, caregivers, and families who are NOT ONLINE?
- T4. How can organizations and individuals in the lung cancer community help provide supports to lung cancer patients, caregivers, and families?
Please join us Thursday January 9, 2020, and bring your experiences and wisdom! Remember to include #LCSM in ALL your tweets so the other chat participants can see them. You can read a primer on participating in the chat here.
Our December #LCSM Chat will be an open discussion of ways cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the holidays. Please bring your questions, experiences, and wisdom!
Please join us this Thursday and please remember to include #LCSM in ALL your tweets so the other chat participants can see them. You can read a primer on participating in the chat here.
Please join the #LCSM community and moderator Janet Freeman-Daily (@JFreemanDaily) for our next #LCSM Chat on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 8 pm Eastern Time (5 pm Pacific) to discuss “Lung Cancer Awareness–Are We Making a Difference?”
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month (#LCAM on social media). Activities during LCAM include fundraising, Shine a Light gatherings, seminars, social media blitzes, media coverage, and patients sharing their stories. Now that LCAM has been happening for several years, it’s time to assess whether it’s making a difference in raising awareness, decreasing stigma, and funding lung cancer advocacy and research How do we know these activities are creating a positive change? Which activities have the most impact? What could/should we be doing differently than we’re already doing?
Our November 7,#LCSM Chat will discuss #LCAM activities and impact using the following questions:
- T1: What evidence do we have that LCAM activities are making a positive difference in lung cancer awareness? How can we measure the impact?
- T2: Which current Lung Cancer Awareness Month activities are having the most impact?
- T3: How can #LCAM break out of the social media “echo chamber” to reach people outside the #lungcancer community?
- T4: What can patients, advocates, and organizations do to help cancer centers, hospitals, and clinicians be active in #LCAM?
- T5: What new publicity tactics might patients and advocates use to extend their reach?
We are excited to have you join us for this #LCSM Chat. Please join us this Thursday and please remember to include #LCSM (as well as #LCAM) in ALL your tweets so the other chat participants can see them. You can read a primer on participating in the chat here.