#LCSM Chat 2020-01-09: Ways to support #lungcancer patients and caregivers

  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… Read More

#LCSM Chat Topic 06/20/2019: Recent Lung Cancer Conference Highlights

The Spring and early Summer medical conference season has wrapped up!  As in other recent years, lung cancer has figured prominently at oncology meetings, including those focused on basic science, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgery.  Such meetings include the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American College of Radiology (ACR), The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the Targeted Therapies and Small Cell Lung Cancer meetings sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).  Findings from these meetings… Read More

#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