April 2016 Newsletter
IASLC-LCFA Joint Scholarships
The IASLC and the Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA) are proud to announce a Request for Application for the LCFA/IASLC Lori Monroe Scholarship in Translational Lung Cancer Research. The scholarship will fund two lung cancer research grants over two years. Each grant recipient will receive $200,000. The objective of this award is to support research that improves the care of individuals with lung cancers and to reduce the burden of these diseases.
The deadline to submit is June 30, 2016.
IASLC News Magazine Set to Make a Debut
This is a landmark moment for IASLC - expect to receive the first issue of IASLC’s newest publication, IASLC Lung Cancer News, early this month. This new publication features meeting previews and recaps, as well as the latest news about lung cancer research, patient care and tobacco control. It also offers expert commentary from leaders in the field of lung cancer, and a “Names and News” column, covering the notable career appointments and advancements of our members. Click here to read the publication when it goes online on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
IASLC invites readers to submit article ideas, in addition to new content for future “Names and News” columns, to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions are subject to review and approval by the magazine’s editor, and selection for publication is not guaranteed.
Updated 2016 Member Directory Now Online
Members will receive a printed copy of the 2016 Member Directory by mail, unless you opted-out in our recent survey. The option to receive the printed directory at no cost is a benefit of IASLC membership. In addition to the printed and online directory, members can always search the online, real-time directory. Please contact email@example.com with any questions, or if you have any issues with logging into the membership directory.
You can access the 2016 Member Directory online in two ways:
*NEW* Free Membership for Patients/Survivors
IASLC has launched a free membership for patients and survivors of any thoracic malignancy. All patients/survivors with a diagnosis of lung cancer, mesothelioma or other thoracic cancers qualify for the free membership. Patients and survivors can renew this non-voting membership annually. Except for voting, the patient/survivor membership includes all Allied Health Professional member benefits, and includes online access to the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, member meeting discounts, eligibility to apply for travel awards, and eligibility to serve on Committees.
If individuals wish to have a voting membership, they can register HERE, and choose the Allied Health Membership for US$50. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
IASLC Newsletter Survey
IASLC wants to make sure this monthly newsletter meets your needs, so we are soliciting your feedback. In order to do so, we will distribute a survey to all active members in early-April. The deadline to complete the survey is May 20, 2016. All respondents are automatically entered into a drawing to receive an Apple IPad.
Please note that the survey link will be sent to members through an individual email. Responses will be anonymous unless you choose to include your contact details. If you do not receive the survey in your email inbox by mid-April, please contact email@example.com.
Thank you for your participation with this project. We appreciate your support and look forward to reading your responses.
News Feature on Immunotherapy
Katie Couric interviewed IASLC member Dr. John Heymach at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. She talked with Dr. Heymach and patients about immunotherapy and how it is a new option for many in their fight against cancer. You can watch the video on the right:
As a service to our members we post opportunities related to lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies on our website.
This now includes academic career opportunities. Click here to review post-doctoral and other career opportunities submitted to IASLC. If you have an academic career opportunity, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also post opportunities when we receive information from grantors. We currently have four funding opportunities posted:
These opportunities are available to applicants from all countries. Click here to learn more.
Social Media Corner: Sharing Support and Information
By Jo Silva, Advocate in Australia
In 2011, doctors diagnosed my husband, Julio, with Stage 4 lung cancer. He was 39 years old and I was 37 weeks pregnant with our second child. We were immediately confronted by the reality of a lack of survivors and a dearth of local, readily-accessible resources and support. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter allowed me to connect with survivors, access peer support and receive updates from lung cancer meetings. Communicating with other survivors became pivotal in our ability to cope and navigate our journey.
Social media gave me immediate access to an array of networks, organizations and people of similar age and disease type. Information I gained through these platforms facilitated proactive and meaningful conversations with Julio’s clinical team. This led to further tumor testing and directly impacted Julio's survival through his enrollment in local clinical trials we found through an overseas advocate.
We are deeply thankful to those who continue to embrace social media and use it to disseminate information and research. It presented us with support, guidance and compassion that would have been significantly limited otherwise. Julio would not be alive today without social media, forums and the sharing of information.
April 2016: The IASLC and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO) are pleased to present the Editor's Choice each month to highlight certain articles of interest. The selected articles will be made available to the public for a limited time upon printing. The articles below from the April issue of JTO are free for three months. Please share with your colleagues around the globe!
Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD
The fourth chapter in the series on “The 2015 WHO Classification of Tumors of the Lung, Pleura, Thymus and Heart” is featured. Authored by Drs. Burke and Tavora, this article provides useful and timely updates.
Rodriguez-Fornells et al tackle the important issue of neuropsychological and brain structural changes observed in patients with lung cancer who undergo prophylactic cranial irradiation. They present very timely and interesting data from their study.
Louis and colleagues utilized the proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum of plasma, which is divided into 110 integration regions, representing the metabolic phenotype of cells to identify early lung cancer patients in a training set of 233 patients and validation set of 98 patients. This study represents an important finding in the metabolomics of lung cancer which will undoubtedly be further explored in future studies.
The following articles have been selected from the JTO by the IASLC Communications Committee to be promoted to the media and the public with press releases that were released at the time of online publication (Published Ahead of Print). To read more IASLC Press Releases, please visit IASLC Research Articles. These press releases are also announced via social media, so please follow IASLC on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on the latest scientific topics!
A cross-sectional survey showed a quarter of patients with detected incidental pulmonary nodules experienced significant distress related to the nodule. Detailed clinician communication increased patient knowledge, relieved distress, and improved patient experience.
March 7, 2016 | More
Trained technician screeners with assisted computer-aided nodule detection or computer vision (CV) screening workstations can efficiently and accurately review and triage abnormal low-dose computed topography (LDCT) scans for radiologist review.
March 16, 2016 | More
Welcome New Members - Invite Colleagues!
COMPLIMENTARY Fellows/Residents/Students/Trainees Membership – Group Program Registration
Welcome New IASLC Members through March 31, 2016 (listed by country, then name):
IASLC WCLC 2016 Patient Advocacy Awards Announced – Open for Submission:
Applicants for the Advocacy Travel Award are required to submit a detailed application, a summary of expected outcomes for attending, and any other supporting documentation required for review by IASLC. The award is open to organizations that could show 501(c)(3) or a similar type of non-profit status, and to individuals not affiliated with an advocacy organization. Click here for more information.
Update on Lung Cancer Awareness Month Strategy Project (LCAM2016)
During both meetings, the group discussed creating a common graphic element/slogan to use during LCAM. Each individual or organization will develop suggestions/possibilities for this common graphic, theme, and/or slogan for further discussion. While IASLC will set up a general-use LCAM website, we will seek consensus from the entire group on website content. Additionally, the group will create a toolkit for organizations and individuals to post and share as part of internal and external communications.
The group’s next meeting is another online/teleconference discussion set for April 21. All IASLC members are welcome to participate and IASLC continues to reach out to individuals and groups not yet involved. For more information, email IASLC Director of Membership Kristin Richeimer or call +1 720.325.2953.
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