#LCSM Chat Topic 9/8: You’ve Been Diagnosed With Lung Cancer…Now What?

Our topic for the next #LCSM Chat on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 5 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern) is “You’ve Been Diagnosed with Lung Cancer…Now What?” Our moderator will be Laronica Conway (@louisianagirl91). Have you (or someone you know) been recently diagnosed with lung cancer? What happens next? Just getting past the shock of the diagnosis can be challenging and emotionally draining, but knowing the next steps can possibly help remove some of the uncertainty. This week we’ll open up the discussion and seek advice from health care providers and from… Read More

#LCSM Chat 07/14: The Spectrum of Progression: What Would YOU Do?

The Many Faces of PD: Should We Consider Progression in a More Nuanced Way? Historically, cancer treatments have been graded in large part by the “response rate” they produce, the reflection of the proportion of patients whose cancers demonstrate significant tumor shrinkage on imaging scans. While stable disease, which at least reflects no disease growth, is considered a reasonable, relative victory compared to evidence of the cancer growing, we consider a treatment as failing when the cancer grows. At the same time, in patients who are being monitored off of therapy, evidence… Read More

Call to Action: Tell Medicare and Medicaid to Cover Lung Cancer Screening

Anyone can get lung cancer. Screening for lung cancer with low dose CT scans (LDCT) can save thousands of lives every year. Many private health insurers already provide coverage for this screening. Tell the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) you want them to provide coverage too. On February 10, CMS opened a 30-day comment period to support their national coverage analysis on Lung Cancer Screening with LDCT. This comment period closes on March 12, 2014. Please sign this petition to tell CMS to provide coverage for LDCT, and ask everyone… Read More