IASLC Newsletter - July 2018
A Thoracic Surgeon's Perspective on Social Media
Brendon Stiles, Associate Professor
I tentatively entered the world of medical social media at the end of 2013. Since then, I have been captivated by the possibilities of Twitter and social media in general to give me real-time exposure to what is happening in the world of thoracic oncology. No longer is my reading confined to browsing the journals that hit my desk, but rather to the links that my peers in multiple specialties recognize as important. I hope I have also been able to express the “surgical” viewpoint back to those peers.
Through these interactions, my knowledge base has grown tremendously. Equally important is how social media has expanded my understanding of the patient perspective of the diseases we treat. I have made unbelievably strong connections with patients, advocates and organizations that have helped to align our overall goals.
This is perhaps best emphasized by lung cancer social media (#LCSM) chats. For example, our last chat on immunotherapy had over 70 participants from a wide range of backgrounds and generated over 2.4 million impressions! Without a doubt, this is a powerful platform for us to share ideas, reach patients and collaborate across disciplines.
July 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 July 2018 issue of the JTO are free for three months. Please share with your colleagues around the globe!
Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD
- Armato and Nowak
- Tsao et al.
- Ostios-Garcia et al.
- Novarro et al.
- Uchibori et al.
- Kim et al.
- Katz et al.
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Welcome New IASLC Members
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Lung Cancer Coalition Heads to Washington D.C. to Lobby for Awareness and Funding
On July 11, 2018, a passionate coalition of lung cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, health care professionals and more traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby the U.S. Congress for greater awareness and funding for lung cancer as part of the Lung Cancer Alliance's National Advocacy Summit.
During the summit, participants met with their elected representatives, engaged in expert-led advocacy training and forged long-term connections with other members of the lung cancer community. Read more about the summit in a blog post by Lisa Moran, a lung cancer survivor and tireless advocate.
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