Northwestern Medicine, Lung Association Join Forces to Fight Lung Disease

Will also collaborate on tobacco control and cessation initiatives

CHICAGO (July 15, 2014)

The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago announces a comprehensive partnership with Northwestern Medicine to stand together as leaders in the fight against lung cancer and for women’s lung health. 

Through the partnership, Northwestern Medicine becomes the official Local Presenting Sponsor of LUNG FORCE – a recently launched national health education movement with a singular mission to unite women with a collective strength and determination to make lung cancer history.

“Every five minutes, a woman in the United States is told she has lung cancer,” said Malcolm DeCamp, MD, Northwestern Medicine’s chief of thoracic surgery. “Despite the startling statistics, most women do not consider lung cancer to be a serious health threat. There simply can’t be enough attention paid to a disease that currently has a five-year survival rate at just over 16 percent, an outcome far worse than many other leading cancers.”  

“We’re excited to have a leading partner like Northwestern Medicine. With their help, LUNG FORCE will be the conduit through which we will raise our voices to advance lung health and for innovations in research that will lead to earlier detection and more personalized treatments, so that everyone has a fighting chance,” said Meghan Miller, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago.

As the Local Presenting Sponsor of the Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Walk, taking place in Oak Brook on September 28, Northwestern Medicine will play a pivotal role in the event’s success, and will support other LUNG FORCE events throughout the campaign. Northwestern will also work with the Lung Association on a tobacco control and cessation initiative targeting private colleges and universities in an effort toward them becoming tobacco-free campuses.

Another important step is researching new treatments and promoting early detection, said Jyoti Patel, MD, a Northwestern Medicine oncologist who specialized in the treatment of lung cancer at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Lung cancer takes more lives each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancer combined,” said Patel who is also associate professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University “Early detection of this cancer has the potential to save the lives of thousands of Americans. At Northwestern Medicine, we are leading the way to an earlier and more detailed diagnosis of this disease allowing our patients to move forward with the best treatment as soon as possible.”  

LUNG FORCE launched last May during the 1st annual National Women’s Lung Health Week, the second full week in May (May 11-17). The week is a time when we celebrate the power of women’s voices to create change and turn the tide against lung cancer. With the support of partners like Northwestern Medicine, national events and media, we are drawing the nation’s attention to this critical issue and are enrolling millions in the fight. 

About the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
Our mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit

About Northwestern Medicine®
Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare.  It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial is one of the country’s premier academic medical center hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Along with its Prentice Women’s Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital has 1,705 affiliated physicians and 6,769 employees.  Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women’s health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics. 

Northwestern Memorial has nursing Magnet Status, the nation’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. Northwestern Memorial ranks 6th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. The hospital is recognized in 14 of 16 clinical specialties rated by U.S. News and is No. 1 in Illinois and Chicago in U.S. News’ 2013-14 state and metro rankings, respectively. For 14 years running, Northwestern Memorial has been rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as the Consumer Choice according to the National Research Corporation’s annual survey for 15 consecutive years.