What We Do and Our History

//What We Do and Our History
What We Do and Our History2018-06-05T18:48:48+00:00

Lung Cancer Alliance is one of the nation’s leading and highest-rated non-profit health organizations. We initiated and continue leading the fight against lung cancer, playing a critical role in every major advance since our founding in 1995.

Mission

Lung Cancer Alliance is dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Alliance serves and listens to those living with and at risk for lung cancer to reduce stigma, improve quality of life and increase survival. We empower a vibrant and caring community by helping people navigate the paths of early detection, diagnosis, treatment and long-term survival. Insights into our community allow us to improve care, amplify awareness, drive advocacy and lead transformative research with the vision of tripling the number of survivors in the next decade.


Using a science-based, strategic approach, our vision is to triple the number of survivors over the next decade. Reaching this goal requires a collaborative approach that includes:

  • Providing Support – We ensure our community has current, credible information and the emotional support to make informed decisions to extend survival.
  • Raising Awareness & Engagement – We ignite national dialogue about the disease to educate the American public, eliminate stigma and inspire action by a growing and compassionate community for change.
  • Shaping Health Policy – We lead national advocacy efforts by educating policymakers and government agencies to our community’s priority needs: increasing research funding, expediting new treatment approvals and improving access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.
  • Enhancing Science & Research – We advance scientific discovery by contributing patient perspectives and insights about new treatments, collaborating on innovative studies with leading academic institutions and connecting patients to clinical trials and research projects.
  • Accessing Healthcare – We guide the at-risk and patient community to our Screening Centers of Excellence and treatment center networks and share best practices, patient education tools and research opportunities with healthcare professionals.

It really comes down to the people behind our organization — our dedicated volunteer advocates, Board of Directors, partners and staff — and how we execute an effective strategy based on our two decades of work leading the lung cancer movement. Although much more needs to be done, we are confident of meeting the challenges ahead because:

  • We are among the 16% of 8,000 charities nationwide awarded the highest 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for demonstrated track record of success and governance excellence. We are proud to have earned this rating for three years in a row.
  • We put the needs of those at risk, patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones first –and wake up every day thinking what we can do better and how to provide more support to our community.
  • We are science-based, providing the most up to date, credible and relevant information on every aspect of lung cancer — presented in easy-to-understand language for a broad audience.
  • We work with an “army of the willing” – individuals, communities, businesses, foundations, institutions and other nonprofits – who also share our vision.
  • We are tireless advocates with a network of volunteer advocates that are the driving force behind our national movement.

Combined with our track record of success, we are uniquely qualified to achieve our vision:

  • Dedicated 22+ years of service as the most trusted resource for the lung cancer community providing robust support, navigation, education and referral services.
  • Secured historic legislation making lung cancer a national public health priority and established the first-ever federal research funding pipeline for the disease with $113.5 million to date – the largest lung cancer research program outside of the National Cancer Institute.
  • Led 10-year effort to successfully secure lung cancer screening as a fully covered preventive service for the millions at high risk for the disease.
  • Established the National Framework for Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care as the award-winning blueprint for the implementation of responsible screening and care nationwide.
  • Established growing network of 500+ Screening Centers of Excellence in communities nationwide providing responsible screening and care for those who need it most.
  • Developed a new comprehensive research platform focused on accelerating biomarker research, increasing research capital, enhancing early detection and care, and improving psychosocial support.
  • Ignited first-ever, national positive dialogue about our disease through award winning education campaigns (www.noonedeservestodie.org).

Click here for a full brochure on Lung Cancer Alliance, who we are and what we do. 

Our work is made possible primarily by donations from individuals who receive help from us and in turn desire to give back. In addition, we work with and receive grants from foundations and corporations that believe in our mission.

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