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American Lung Association Resource Offers Lung Cancer Patients and Caregivers

“Support from Day One”


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The American Lung Association has launched Facing Lung Cancer: Support from Day One, a new patient- and caregiver-focused, web-based lung cancer information resource. This online tool offers interactive features that address specific topics of interest for people living with lung cancer and their loved ones. 

“Lung cancer impacts one in 14 Americans and is the leading cancer killer in the nation,” said Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. “Because lung cancer is a complex and life-changing disease, it is important that people living with lung cancer know they are not alone; Facing Lung Cancer offers them support and guidance during every stage of their disease.”

"People living with lung cancer need to be able to access this and other timely information.”

Facing Lung Cancer, made possible through a partnership and financial support from Lilly Oncology, concentrates on the most important information that people affected by lung cancer need from day one of their diagnosis. In addition to providing general lung cancer education, the site allows users to design a customized guide to use during conversations with their lung cancer care team.  More specific features include:  

  • “Your Profile, Your Goals” – a personalized web experience that focuses on the issues that users face throughout the various stages of living with their disease; and
  • “Ask the Experts” – a series of interviews with renowned medical experts.

“We believe in the importance of the American Lung Association’s work to help those living with lung cancer, and we welcome the opportunity to help make Facing Lung Cancer a reality,” said Allen Melemed, MD, senior medical director and product development leader for Lilly Oncology.  “From diagnosis through each stage of their disease, Americans affected by lung cancer now have a place to turn for help.”

The American Lung Association invests in research to uncover strategies for preventing lung cancer, increasing the survival rate and improving lung cancer patients’ quality of life.  As part of its comprehensive approach to lung cancer, the Lung Association also advocates for increased lung cancer funding at the National Institutes of Health, especially the National Cancer Institute.

“We believe this resource will transform the way lung cancer is viewed and discussed,” said Dr. Edelman. “Lung cancer stands on the precipice of change.  A major study has identified an early detection method that may reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent.  Clinical trials are under way to test the safety of new therapies.  Researchers are making important progress in their complex work to create targeted and individualized therapies for lung cancer.  These are all reasons for hope.  People living with lung cancer need to be able to access this and other timely information.”

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