IASLC Newsletter - February 2018
The Power of Lung Cancer Advocacy
Anne-Marie Baird, Research Fellow, St. James's Hospital, Dublin | @BairdAM
The conversation around lung cancer is changing, with social media playing an important role in tackling the lack of awareness and stigma associated with this disease. Lung cancer advocacy has created a truly global network, one that helps patients, caregivers and families become more empowered through online support groups, and communities, including specific mutational groups like the @ros1ders and @EGFRResisters.
Patient empowerment has also helped to foster an environment where it is starting to become more common to see patients and advocates attend international meetings such as the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (patient advocate travel awards are now open for #WCLC2018). If you need further encouragement, Janet Freeman-Daily outlines why advocates should attend meetings in this recent IASLC blog post .
Even though great strides have been made, lung cancer remains an international emergency. Much is still needed in terms of improved awareness amongst the general population, and research funding remains low in relation to the impact of the disease. Patients are working hard to change the narrative. Across social media, the #433aday hashtag, which represents the estimated 433 Americans who die every day as a result of lung cancer, is linked to the grassroots Life & Breath Rally, which takes place this April 26th at the US Capitol Building, in Washington, DC.
February 2018: 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 articles below from the February 2018 issue of the JTO are free for three months. Please share with your colleagues around the globe!
Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD
Interobserver Variation Among Pathologists and Refinement of Criteria in Distinguishing Separate Primary Tumors from Intrapulmonary Metastases in Lung
By Nicholson et al.
By Zhao et al. Professor Adi Gazdar provides an excellent, accompanying editorial that puts this issue into perspective.
By Hotta et al.
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2018 WCLC Advocacy Travel Award Application – NOW OPEN
Patient advocates and advocacy organizations can now apply for IASLC Patient Advocacy Travel Awards, which provide free registration and travel expense stipends for up to five patient advocates for the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (#WCLC2018) held September 23 - 26, 2018, in Toronto, Canada.
Advocacy Travel Award applicants are required to submit:
The award is open to organizations that can show 501(c)(3) or a similar type of non-profit status, and to individuals not affiliated with an advocacy organization. Find more information on the official website of the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer.
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