April 2017 Newsletter
Using Social Media for Caregiver Support
Deana Hendrickson, co-founder of #LCSM Chat - @LungCancerFaces
The caregiver is an integral part of the lung cancer team. Tasked not only with physical care and logistical duties, the most effective caregivers need to hone their research skills in order to be the best possible advocates for their loved ones. This can be an overwhelming and lonely experience, as in-person support is not always readily available. Networking via social media can be very effective in meeting these challenges.
Caregivers can connect via one or more online platforms. Facebook provides both closed and public groups for caregivers, as well as myriad patient groups that welcome caregivers, including several that are mutation-specific. Twitter provides the opportunity for real-time tweetchats (the veteran #LCSM Chat and fledgling #LCCaregiver chat). The #LCSM hashtag also serves as a kind of “bat signal” on Twitter, where questions are answered and support is given.
Help can be found in online forums, such as cancergrace.org, inspire.com and several others that can be found with a simple Google search. Support is also possible through lung cancer advocacy organizations. Some groups have specific caregiver matching services, as well as beneficial online meetings and events.
Well-informed and emotionally supported caregivers make the lung cancer journey less burdensome for both patients and healthcare professionals. Please consider suggesting online support options to this population.
April 2017: 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 April 2017 issue of the JTO are free for three months. Please share with your colleagues around the globe!
Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD
A Dose Escalation Clinical Trial of Single-Fraction Carbon Ion Radiotherapy for Peripheral Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
This article was written by Dr. Yamamoto and colleagues. Dr. Hak Choy and colleagues provide a thoughtful accompanying editorial.
This article was written by Dr. MacPherson and colleagues. Dr. Charles Rudin and colleagues provide an insightful accompanying editorial.
This article was written by Dr. Michele Carbone and colleagues. Dr. Thomas John and colleagues provide a thoughtful accompanying editorial.
This article was authored by Dr. So Hee Song and colleagues.
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2017 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 expenses stipends for up to five patient advocates for the IASLC 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) held October 15 - 18, 2016 in Yokohama, Japan.
The IASLC may award fewer than the maximum number of awards, depending on interest, applicant qualifications and the review process. 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.
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