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Championing the Champions

2019-03-21T15:15:53+00:00March 21st, 2019|Hot Topics|

By Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President & CEO I am thankful every day for the champions in the lung cancer community. Our advocates—who educate our policymakers about the urgent need for research funding. Our motivators—working to make us act in the name of hope. Our listeners—there when support is most needed. Yesterday was the March equinox and the first day of spring; it also marked World Storytelling Day. That means that today I am celebrating champions who are our storytellers. These [...]

New First-Line Treatment Approved for Small Cell Lung Cancer

2019-03-19T20:57:12+00:00March 19th, 2019|Hot Topics, News|

On March 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a combination of the immunotherapy atezolizumab (Tecentriq) along with standard chemotherapy (carboplatin and etoposide) for patients who are starting treatment for extensive stage small cell lung cancer. This is the first immunotherapy approved up front, as a first treatment, for small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The approval was based on the IMPower133 clinical trial which showed that more patients survived longer when taking the combination than standard chemotherapy. Click here [...]

Social Work: A Closer Look

2019-03-14T19:07:15+00:00March 14th, 2019|Hot Topics|

Miranda Goff, LICSW, Support Services Manager March is National Social Work Month! Here at Lung Cancer Alliance, we have two dedicated social workers on our Support Services team who put the needs of those touched by lung cancer first, day after day. We sat down with our Support Services Manager, Miranda Goff, LICSW, to take a deeper dive into the field. Tell us a bit about yourself. I received both my undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in Social Work [...]

Recent Advancements in Targeted Therapies

2019-03-07T16:19:27+00:00March 7th, 2019|Hot Topics|

The LCA Science and Research team just returned from the 2019 Targeted Therapies of Lung Cancer Meeting, and we have good news: treatment options continue to expand in the targeted therapies and immunotherapy space to treat all types of lung cancer. Here’s what we learned. All of the advancements presented emphasize the importance of molecular testing/biomarker testing so that the best treatments can be chosen for a patient’s unique cancer. There are currently approved targeted therapies for patients whose cancers [...]

Register for the UNITED Portland Run/Walk, June 22!

2019-02-26T16:46:13+00:00February 26th, 2019|Events, Hot Topics|

This year, for the first time in Portland, two of the leading lung cancer organizations are joining forces to create one of the largest run/walk events for lung cancer on the west coast…because together we are stronger. Join Lung Cancer Alliance and Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation at Laurelhurst Park on Saturday, June 22, 2019 as we unite two of the biggest events for lung cancer: Lung Love Run/Walk Portland and Your Next Step is the Cure. Here are the details! WHAT: An untimed 5 kilometer run/walk [...]

Lung Cancer Screening: What to Expect

2019-01-17T21:52:34+00:00February 18th, 2019|Hot Topics|

Lung cancer screening. You may have seen it on the news or an advertisement for it, but what is it and does it make sense for you? Screening refers to a test for individuals considered to be at high risk for a disease before they have symptoms. Lung cancer often has no symptoms until it has spread due to a lack of pain receptors in the lungs. The only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable [...]

The Hardest Times Require the Strongest Support

2019-02-14T14:38:19+00:00February 14th, 2019|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Erik Hale When I was just 30 years old I was diagnosed with stage 3A adenocarcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer. After diagnosis I spent six weeks going through radiation and chemotherapy treatment to reduce the tumor size before going in for a lobectomy procedure where half of my left lung and 20 lymph nodes were removed. The recovery process was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure and I remember those long days in the hospital with my wife Aloy [...]

Traveling with Cancer

2019-01-31T18:12:43+00:00January 31st, 2019|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Elizabeth De Jong, lung cancer survivor My parents had an (at the time) unconventional commuting marriage for most of my childhood. Weekends were spent in cars visiting the parent that wasn’t living with us at the moment. These trips sparked a wanderlust in me at a young age. My husband and I collect experiences the way that others collect antiques or action figures. So, when I was diagnosed with lung cancer in September of 2016, our goal was to [...]

What a Difference a Year Makes

2019-01-29T17:54:05+00:00January 29th, 2019|Hot Topics|

Dear Lung Cancer Community, As we dive into 2019 and further our efforts to advance new life-saving research and treatments for the lung cancer community, we want to take a moment to say thank you and reflect on what we accomplished together in 2018. Distributed over 90,000 pieces of patient-facing educational materials on diagnosis, treatment and support services to healthcare facilities across the country. Informed more than 420,000 website visitors with information and resources on risk, early detection, treatment, research [...]