A Lung Cancer Hero at Home

2017-11-14T16:44:28+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Hot Topics|

Sheila Ross, a pioneering lung cancer advocate who founded Lung Cancer Alliance’s presence on Capitol Hill, was recently profiled by the Annapolis, Maryland-based Capital Gazette. The article traces both Sheila’s cancer journey and the advocacy measures that brought heightened awareness and landmark legislation on low dose CT screening for early detection. Read more about how Sheila faced her diagnosis with action in the Capital Gazette.

Animated Feelings

2017-11-09T20:44:16+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Hot Topics, Posts, Stories of Hope|

Nina Beaty was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) in January 2014 after a low-dose CT scan. More than a year later, she enrolled in an immunotherapy clinical trial using the drug Opdivo. As a granddaughter of Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, Nina comes by her creativity naturally. She agreed to join us in a conversation about how her artistic side facilitated healing while dealing with her own cancer diagnosis and how she hopes her new animated emojis —EmPat Stickers— [...]

A Veteran Versus Cancer

2017-11-09T20:19:50+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Posts, Stories of Hope|

Ed and his dog, Molly. By Ed Fox, U.S. Army Veteran and Lung Cancer Survivor Lung cancer has been on my radar for some time now because both my father and sister died from this disease. I did everything I possibly could to prevent it: regular screenings, tests and doctor’s visits. Not even a year before I was diagnosed, I had my gallbladder removed which is where they eventually found the cancer. “Why didn’t they see the tumor [...]

Marilu Henner Talks Lung Cancer on Today

2017-11-07T21:43:57+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Hot Topics, News|

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -  Today, actress Marilu Henner shared her personal story as a lung cancer caregiver on Megyn Kelly Today, the third hour of NBC's national morning show Today. During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Henner and her husband, Michael Brown, are opening up about Brown's 2003 diagnosis with both bladder and lung cancer in order to inspire others.  On November 24, Brown will mark his 14th year cancer-free. View the Megyn Kelly Today segment. Click here for a tips [...]

FDA Approves First-Line Treatment for NSCLC with ALK Biomarker

2017-11-08T21:45:44+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Hot Topics, News|

Monday, November 6, 2017 - The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Alecensa (alectinib) as a first treatment for advanced non-small cell lung cancer that is positive for a biomarker called ALK.  Alecensa was already approved for ALK+ lung cancer that was resistant to other ALK-targeted therapies. Now, a large randomized clinical trial showed that Alecensa was more effective than previous first-line treatment.  Patients had an average of 25.7 months without their cancer progressing (getting worse) when taking [...]

LCA Partners with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the New York University School of Medicine on CASTL Initiative

2017-11-06T20:05:32+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Hot Topics, News|

Monday, November 6, 2017 – Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) joins the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and the NYU School of Medicine (NYU) to announce the launch of the Cessation And Screening To Save Lives (CASTL) Initiative. The project, which is supported by funding from the National Cancer Institute, will examine how to best leverage lung cancer screening to promote smoking cessation among individuals at high-risk for lung cancer. CASTL will be co-led by Jamie Ostroff, PhD, Chief [...]

In November I Shine a Light!

2017-10-27T18:14:03+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Events, Hot Topics, Posts, Stories of Hope|

By Sadie Hansen, Oncology Program Coordinator, Avera Cancer Institute November, next month, is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The official color of lung cancer awareness is clear, but it might as well be invisible to most Americans. There is a stigma attached to this diagnosis that is not present with other cancers. If you tell a friend or colleague that a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, the first response almost always is “Did they smoke?” Any other [...]

How to Become a Powerful Voice for Justice

2017-10-30T16:26:19+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Events, Hot Topics, Posts, Stories of Hope|

Laura Greco was diagnosed in February 2015 with Stage 3A non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer with an ALK mutation after a car accident. Laura had no known risk factors. After her original diagnosis, Laura became a super-advocate for lung cancer research. On November 2, this mother of two young children will be at the Life & Breath Rally on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. As an organizer, Laura invites all survivors, family and friends to join her and hundreds [...]

In Harvey’s Wake, A Doctor Remembers Houston’s Strength

2017-10-31T18:48:18+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Events, Hot Topics, Posts, Stories of Hope|

By Daniel Gomez, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer CenterDespite the numerous warnings in the week before the storm, I don’t think that many of us grasped how impactful Hurricane Harvey would be.  For me, this profound event surprisingly had many parallels with my experience as an oncologist; specifically the stages that I often observe in patients with newly-diagnosed cancer.  The 2-3 days during Harvey were filled with fear and despair, much of which was [...]