Lung Association Hosts Lung Cancer Summit in NYC

June 23 Summit Offers New Hope for Persons and Families Fighting Lung Cancer

The American Lung Association of the Northeast will host its inaugural Lung Cancer Summit in New York City on June 23 in an effort to provide new hope for persons and families fighting lung cancer.  Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer of both men and women in New York and across the United States.  Each year in New York State, almost 6,700 men and about 6,700 women are diagnosed with lung cancer and nearly 4,700 men and over 4,400 women die from this disease. 

“The American Lung Association is committed not just to fighting lung cancer, but to raising awareness about lung cancer so that it is a disease that everyone cares about and is committed to eradicating,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “We recently launched LUNG FORCE because we discovered that lung cancer wasn’t a cancer that was top of mind for women even though it takes more women’s lives each year than any other cancer.  We’re going to change that and one way we’re going to help drive that change is by bringing experts together, as we’ll be doing at the Summit , so we can share information, learn from one another, offer hope and mobilize our resources to eradicate this disease.”

The Lung Cancer Summit will be held at 1199 SEIU's Institute of Continuing Education on 42nd Street. Medical experts, patient advocates, patients and caregivers will gather to discuss new hope through clinical trials, supportive oncology and fighting stigma by fighting lung cancer.  E. Neil Schachter, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a board member at the American Lung Association of the Northeast, will give a historical perspective on lung cancer.  Participants in the Summit will also hear from two lung cancer survivors. Batya Reckson, LSCW, who is an Oncology Social Worker at Mount Sinai Medical Center will discuss “How to Navigate the Psycho-Social Aspects of Lung Cancer,” and Cardinale Smith, MD, Medical Oncologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center will discuss “Integrating Supportive Oncology after Diagnosis.”  Finally, Mark Kris, MD, Medical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will discuss “Breaking Barriers in the fight Against Lung Cancers. “  The Summit will conclude with a question and answer session.

“We are at a defining moment when it comes to lung cancer awareness, prevention and treatment,” said E. Neil Schachter, M.D.Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a board member at the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “The public health community’s success in stemming the use of tobacco products has undoubtedly helped prevent many new lung cancer cases but rates remain troubling. Lung cancer remains, and will continue to remain for the foreseeable future, the number 1 cancer killer of men and now women. We are however fortunate that recent advances in new methods for early detection and directed treatment are poised to make a great impact on the management of this terrible disease. We hope that our Lung Cancer Summit will spread this good news, making current and future victims aware of these rapidly developing opportunities.”

The American Lung Association offers numerous resources for lung cancer patients and their families.  was launched last year to provide support for patients and families facing a lung cancer diagnosis.   The Lung Association also offers its free Lung HelpLine that is staffed by registered nurses and respiratory therapists who are trained to answer patients’ questions about their lung health and make referrals.  Those seeking more information about lung cancer and lung cancer screening guidelines can access the Lung Association’s lung cancer resources by visiting To learn more about LUNG FORCE and to take the pledge to spread awareness of the risks of lung cancer visit