Mission Moment July - 2016
(July 20, 2016)
White House Cancer Moonshot Summits
As part of Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the first-ever Cancer Moonshot Summits were convened in communities across the nation. At the invitation of Vice President Biden, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold Wimmer attended the summit in Washington, D.C. The gathering of representatives from the entire cancer community was aimed at creating action and fostering collaborations in support of the Cancer Moonshot goal - to double the rate of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care over the next five years, and to ultimately end cancer, as we know it.
"The summit was a powerful example of what it will take to defeat cancer—bringing together various stakeholders to explore new collaborations and approaches," Wimmer said. "As an organization dedicated to defeating lung cancer and reducing the burden of lung disease on individuals and families, it was an honor for the American Lung Association to be included in this historic summit, which illuminated new opportunities to collaborate with researchers and data experts to help advance our work to support patients."
Lung Cancer Researcher: Phuoc Tran, MD, PhD
Dr. Phuoc Tran of Johns Hopkins University is engaged in research funded by our LUNG FORCE initiative to address the development of drug resistance seen in lung cancer treatments. Many lung cancers have gene mutations that make them highly responsive to targeted treatments, such as the EGFR inhibitor erlotinib. Lung cancers with EGFR mutations initially respond very well to erlotinib, but all patients eventually develop resistance, making the therapy lose effectiveness. This research will study the role of a gene called Twist1 in this resistance. The findings could lead to therapy that reverses Twist1-induced erlotinib resistance. The Lung Association has committed to funding $10 million specifically for lung cancer research with a focus on projects designed to find cures, and prevent and relieve suffering associated with lung cancer. Learn more about all of the projects we are currently funding online.
New Immunotherapy Educational Tools
We are excited to announce the release of several lung cancer immunotherapy educational tools. Explore our interactive infographic and brochure to learn how lung cancer immunotherapy works, who is eligible, possible side effects and questions for your doctor.
Also, watch two of our LUNG FORCE Heroes' talk about their experience with lung cancer immunotherapy. One of our latest LUNG FORCE blog posts talks about these new tools as well as the field of lung cancer immunotherapy.
LUNG FORCE Hero
LUNG FORCE Hero Mara G. thought that huffing and puffing during a hike was just part of getting older. Unfortunately, her doctor found something much more serious.
10th Anniversary of Surgeon General's Report on Secondhand Smoke
Monday, June 27 marked the 10th anniversary of the landmark 2006 Surgeon General's report that concluded there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that secondhand smoke is a definitive cause of lung cancer and heart disease. The American Lung Association celebrated this anniversary and called for the remaining states without comprehensive secondhand smoke laws to go smokefree. See which states still have work to do to protect their citizens.
New Report - Promotion of Medicaid Quit Smoking Benefits
Helping smokers quit is one of the cornerstones of our mission. On June 9, we released a new report highlighting promising practices and lessons learned from five states about the importance of encouraging both Medicaid providers and recipients to use the Medicaid cessation benefit. Helping smokers receiving Medicaid get the cessation benefits they need can give them a better chance at a healthier, smokefree future.
Defending the Clean Air Act in Funding Bills
The Lung Association's Healthy Air Campaign continues to defend the Clean Air Act from members of Congress who hope to weaken it. As part of its work to fund the federal government, the House of Representatives considered a funding bill that contained a number of provisions to delay or block critical clean air protections. The bill would also cut EPA's funding to implement and enforce health safeguards. We sent a letter to Congress highlighting these harmful provisions that was co-signed by a number of partner health organizations. Lung Association staff and volunteers across the country called upon their members of Congress to oppose the bill.
Asthma Guidelines-Based Care Initiative
In June, we launched our Asthma Guidelines-Based Care Initiative – a key part of our Asthma Care Coverage Project. Numerous studies show that patients experience better health outcomes, including fewer hospitalizations, fewer days of missed school and lower treatment costs, when they adhere to care that is based on nationally recognized guidelines (National Asthma Education and Prevention Program's [NAEPP] guidelines). This project creates dialogue about patient access to this potentially life-saving care and improves the quality of life for the millions with asthma in the Medicaid population. Learn more.
Asthma Support Community
Are you looking to network with others with asthma? The Lung Association is now supporting the Living with Asthma support group on Inspire.com. This free, online support community joins the other Inspire communities we support, including Lung Cancer Survivors, Living with COPD, Living with Lung Disease, Lung Cancer Survivors, Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis and Caring for Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Each Breath Blog
Our latest post "Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes" looks at diacetyl, a harmful flavoring found in many e-cigarettes. And did you know that air pollution can cause lung cancer? A recent post looks at "The Connection between Lung Cancer and Outdoor Air Pollution."
Your generous support makes everything we do possible. Our mission is driven by the support and generosity of volunteers across the country. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is a prime example of the grassroots dedication that makes our work a reality. This June we welcomed a new board chair, John F. Emanuel, JD and several new board members. We also said "thank you" to outgoing chair Katherine A. Forbes for her two years of inspiring leadership. Would you like to become an American Lung Association volunteer? We have opportunities for every interest, across the country. With your support, we can help those who suffer from lung disease today, and to stop the spread of lung disease tomorrow.