IASLC Newsletter - June 2018
Lung Cancer Screening One Tweet at a Time (#LCSM)
Andrea Borondy Kitts, MS, MPH
Lung cancer screening remains controversial despite being recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid in the U.S., by an EU Commission expert group, by a Nordic countries expert group and by many medical societies involved in lung health and cancer screening around the world.
Journal articles and medical press reviews sometimes have misleading headlines and information based on outdated guidelines. These are posted on social media perpetuating misinformation and may discourage institutions and countries from starting screening programs and discourage people at risk from asking about, and undergoing, lung cancer screening.
The lung cancer community on Twitter, tweeting under hashtag #LCSM (Lung Cancer Social Media), is ever vigilant on ensuring information in the community is accurate and reliable. Tweets about lung cancer screening are referred to the community experts for review and comment. These often result in Twitter conversations helping to provide a more complete perspective on the information published, particularly in the context of current lung cancer screening clinical practice. The community is also proactive about posting the latest research, news and information about lung cancer screening. Working together, we provide an accurate perspective on lung cancer screening one tweet at a time.
June 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 June 2018 issue of the JTO are free for three months. Please share with your colleagues around the globe!
Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD
- Gettinger et al.
- Yin et al.
- Lee et al.
- Ronden et al.
- Donington et al.
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Welcome New IASLC Members
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IASLC and the 2018 Lung Cancer SPORE Workshop
The IASLC provided travel support to patient advocates to attend the 2018 Lung Cancer SPORE Workshop. The workshop was held June 20-21, 2018, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. The workshop was organized by Drs. David Gerber and Kathryn O’Donnell (UTSW), Don Gibbons (MDACC) and Elda Railey (patient advocate).
We would like to thank the following advocates for their attendance and great contributions to the discussions during the workshop: Janet Freeman-Daily, Marcia Horn, Judy Johnson, Kim Norris, Merel (Mountain) Nissenberg, Lisa Spain and Deb Violette.
2018 WCLC Advocacy Travel Awards - Notifications Coming Soon
The application period for the travel awards is now over. We appreciate all who submitted applications. Please note that notifications of acceptance will be sent out by June 29.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) 2018
The LCAM website is a year-round resource to read stories of those affected by lung cancer. The lung cancer community can participate by submitting personal stories to be included in the site. You can also sign up on the site to receive email updates about its continuing development and follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter feeds specifically devoted to the campaign.
If your organization would like to be a partner on LCAM 2018, please contact Kristin.Schultz@iaslc.org. Thank you to our partners who have recently joined the campaign, including Move Against Cancer Africa and The Conquistense Institute of Thoracic Surgery (ICCT).
The Lung Cancer Registry – OPEN for Patient Participation
The Lung Cancer Registry was started by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and hopes to build a comprehensive data repository to help researchers and clinicians better identify and understand the complexities of this disease. Patients and/or caregivers on behalf of patients can participate. The IASLC is a contributing partner for this initiative. Learn more about how you can help.
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