May 2017 Newsletter
Should Lung Cancer Patients Blog?
I began blogging a few weeks after my diagnosis, and I am glad I did. Still, blogging is not for all patients. Here are some pros and cons to consider:
Bottom Line: Blogging is a great tool for patients to process, share, advocate and build community. But patients can do all of these things via other methods as well. Each patient must decide for themselves which tools suit them best.
May 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 May 2017 issue of the JTO are free for three months. Please share with your colleagues around the globe!
Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD
Radiation Therapy for Invasive Breast Cancer Increases the Risk of Second Primary Lung Cancer: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Analysis
By Huang et al. Senan and colleagues have written an accompanying editorial.
By Thapa et al. Lantuejoul and colleagues have composed a thoughtful, accompanying editorial.
By Karasaki et al. Their findings are discussed further in an editorial by Botling and Sandelin.
By Lin et al. Bubendorf and colleagues put their findings into a broader context in the accompanying editorial.
The following article was selected from the JTO by the IASLC Communications Committee to be promoted to the media and the public with a press release that was released at the time of online publication (Published Ahead of Print).
To read more IASLC press releases, please visit the IASLC Research Articles. These press releases are also announced via social media, so please follow the IASLC on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to stay up to date on the latest scientific topics. Also, please follow the JTO on Twitter and Facebook.
Elderly patients with early-stage esophageal cancer that received treatment had an increased 5-year overall survival when compared to patients who received observation with no treatment.
All members whose membership expired on December 31, 2016, will receive member renewal notices. If you chose a multi-year membership in 2016, your membership will continue uninterrupted.
The IASLC is continuing 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 that there is no interruption of benefits such as JTO delivery and online access. Please review the single-year and multi-year options available to you!
Thinking about joining the IASLC as a new member? Watch the video below to understand why IASLC is an organization like no other!
Member Directory Currently in Development
Additionally, we are asking for your delivery preference; unless you opt-in to receive the print version of the IASLC Member Directory, which is mailed to members at no charge, you will have access to the online searchable directory. Please be on the lookout for this email from the IASLC. If you do not receive this email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 WCLC Advocacy Travel Award Application - NOW OPEN
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.
IASLC Continues Series of Patient Advocate Meetings
According to Deb, “cancer puts you in fight-mode,” and this couldn’t be more true for her. She spoke about how she regularly lobbies for more funding and official acknowledgment of November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM). She also has put forth an act to prevent smoking in cars transporting children under the age of 16 in Maine. Most recently, Deb founded Free ME from Lung Cancer, the only Maine-based nonprofit organization dedicated to combating lung cancer. Her organization has funded more than 20 low dose CT scans to high risk, under-insured patients.
Deb and the IASLC staff discussed how to grow the LCAM initiative and bring more lung cancer organizations together. If you are interested in learning more about LCAM or our patient advocacy efforts, please contact Kristin Richeimer or Kristin Schultz.
Tackling Lung Cancer - Colorado Reception
The goal of the evening was to bring together various members of the lung cancer community in a relaxed atmosphere while providing the opportunity to socialize and network away from the hustle and bustle of the clinic and the boardroom.
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