IASLC Newsletter - January 2018
IASLC-FMFLC Grant - Apply Now - Deadline EXTENDED to Feb. 15
The deadline to apply for the award has been EXTENDED to February 15, 2018. We encourage you to apply and contribute to the next great breakthrough in lung cancer detection.
Leveraging Social Media to Change the Public Conversation on Lung Cancer Stigma
Lisa Carter-Harris (PhD, RN, ANP-C), Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis | @drCarterHarris
The reality of lung cancer stigma is tangible and has a profound impact on people living with this disease. The stigma of lung cancer is perpetuated by the public’s perception that this is a "smoker’s only" disease. However, too many people are unaware that if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. As opposed to the prevailing perspective of blame that highlights a lifestyle choice fueled by addiction (i.e., smoking), we need to change the public conversation around lung cancer to one that focuses on early diagnosis, treatment and research dollars that match the magnitude of this deadly disease.
We have a unique opportunity to leverage social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to change this conversation. The #LCSM movement has made great strides in this effort, but we can go further and craft messaging that empowers rather than further stigmatizes both patients living with lung cancer as well as those at risk. No one deserves lung cancer, and whether or not you have been personally affected by this disease, we all have the power by leveraging our own social media platforms to change the public conversation and thus the public perception of lung cancer. #EndTheStigma
January 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 January 2018 issue of the JTO are free for three months. Please share with your colleagues around the globe!
Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD
By Kiesgen et al.
Risk of Second Lung Cancer in Patients with Previously Treated Lung Cancer: Analysis of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Data
By Thakur et al.
Longitudinal Cell-Free DNA Analysis in Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer Reveals Dynamic Insights into Treatment Efficacy and Disease Relapse
By Almodovar et al.
By Myung-Ju Ahn
Pulmonary Pathology Society (PPS) Membership Special
Members - It's Time to Renew Your Membership for 2018!
All members whose memberships expired on December 31, 2017, have begun to receive renewal notices. If you chose a multi-year membership in 2016 or 2017, your membership will continue uninterrupted. The IASLC has continued the three-year registration options for all categories (except complimentary Fellow Membership). Our three-year option "locks-in" the current membership rates. Regular members will save $150.00 over three years by selecting the three-year membership option ($600.00). Developing Country Members and Allied Health Professionals can avoid potential future increases and not have to renew each year.
We encourage all members to renew early to ensure there is no interruption of benefits such as JTO delivery and online access to the JTO. Please review the single-year and multi-year options available to you.
Member Account Information
It’s important for the IASLC to keep our records up to date so that members can receive important information via email and postal letter. To ensure that our records are current, please sign into your IASLC account to edit any details that may need updating. You can always email updates to email@example.com or call +1 720-598-1949.
Free Membership for Patients/Survivors/Caregivers
The IASLC has a free membership option for patients, survivors and caregivers of any thoracic malignancy. All patients/survivors with a diagnosis of lung cancer, mesothelioma or other thoracic cancer, and caregivers providing services and care to loved ones affected by thoracic malignancies qualify for this free membership. Patients/survivors/caregivers can renew this non-voting membership annually. Except for voting, the patient/survivor/caregiver membership includes all Allied Health Professional member benefits, and includes online access to the JTO, member meeting discounts, eligibility to apply for travel awards and eligibility to serve on IASLC committees. Register as a Patient/Survivor/Caregiver.
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 or call +1 720-598-1949.
The IASLC-led harmonized public awareness campaign for November's Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) was a success for November 2017. Some key highlights and activities from the 2017 LCAM Coalition include:
Thank you to all Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition (LCAMC) Members!
Special thanks to Lysa Buonanno, Dusty Donaldson, Jill Feldman, Ivy Elkins, Janet Freeman-Daily and Mary Henningfield.
IASLC Headquarters Advocacy Breakfast - Ivy Elkins
On January 9, 2018, we hosted our first 2018 Patient Advocacy Breakfast at our Denver headquarters. Our office welcomed Ivy Elkins, a stage IV non-small cell lung cancer survivor and patient advocate, to share her story and advocacy efforts. It’s a great opportunity to learn from their experiences and to explore ways to better serve our members.
During her time with the IASLC staff, Ivy spoke about her passion of being a full-time advocate. Fully comfortable meeting and speaking to new people, Ivy is always open to sharing her story with others in the hope that they won’t feel alone. She also discussed the importance of physicians and their team building those relationships with their patients, to help provide the best care possible. The IASLC is grateful for Ivy’s time and support! If you are interested in learning more about LCAM or our patient advocacy efforts, please contact Kristin Richeimer or Kristin Schultz.
LCAM 2018 Efforts to Begin in Santa Monica
We invite any interested individuals from organizations who have sponsored or are interested in sponsoring to attend, along with any individuals from the 30+ partner organizations.
For details on registering for this meeting, please contact Kristin.Schultz@iaslc.org.
2018 WCLC Advocacy Travel Award Application – OPEN FEB. 1ST
Patient advocates and advocacy organizations can soon 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 (WCLC) held September 23 - 26, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.
Applicants for the Advocacy Travel Award are required to submit a detailed application, a summary of expected outcomes for attending the meeting and any other supporting documentation required for review by the IASLC. 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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September 23 - 26 2018Toronto, Canada
November 8 - 10 2018Guangzhou, China
February 20 - 23 2019Santa Monica, California