Lung Cancer Special Interest Group


In 2007, a series of Thoracic Oncology Nurses Conferences were started by Michele O’Brien, a thoracic oncology advanced practice nurse with US/MN Oncology who has oversight responsibilities for 3 clinics in Minnesota.  Five years ago she held the first conference in Minnesota. The goal of the conference was to get lung cancer nurses together and provide an opportunity for continuing education and networking. This fortunately sparked the interest of several nurses that attend the first conference and the conferences have continued over the past five years.   

  1. 2007 Development of Thoracic Oncology Nursing Role. Minneapolis, Minnesota.  
  2. 2008 Thoracic Oncology Nursing Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
  3. 2009 Thoracic Oncology Nursing Conference Chicago, Illinois  (ALAMN sponsored a speaker and was able to get ALAUM on the brochure as a sponsor)
  4. 2010 Thoracic Oncology Nursing Conference Minneapolis, Minnesota  
  5. June 10, 2011 Thoracic Oncology Nursing Conference Sioux Falls, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 


The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) launched the ALAUM Lung Cancer Special Interest Group in February 2011.  This special interest group (SIG) is working to develop relationships with key individuals who work with lung cancer patients; increase access to lung cancer professional and lay volunteers; promote ALAUM Better Breathers Clubs; train more professionals in Freedom from Smoking; and move the ALAUM's mission around lung cancer forward.  At this time, we have 95+ professionals from across the country interested in this SIG. 


To develop a regional forum for health care professionals to share, learn, and increase their capacity to care for patients with lung cancer.  We will do this through:  education (webinars and annual nursing conference); resource awareness and development;networking(e-mail blasts, list serve); practice guidelines around the broad respiratory care issues for patients with lung cancer; and advocacy.  


Archived February 2011 meeting slides and recorded webinar.

Next Conference: June 10, 2011 Thoracic Oncology Nursing Conference Sioux Falls, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 

Interested in join the ALAUM Lung Cancer SIG? Contact Jill Heins at

2011 SIG Leadership Team, includes:

  1. Michele O’Brien, MN Oncology, Minnesota
  2. Jill Heins, ALA Upper Midwest
  3. Lisa Allison, Memorial Cancer Center, Colorado Springs, CO
  4. Stephanie Hatten, Sanford Health Care, Fargo, ND
  5. Lisa Bray, Aurora, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  6. Sue Abbinanti, Chicago, Illinois
  7. Marti Autringer, St. Francis Medical Center, Shakopee, Minnesota

The Lung Cancer Atlas

The National Minority Quality Forum (The Forum) launched The Lung Cancer Atlas, an online tool that shows the estimated prevalence of lung cancer for the country, individual states, and federal and state legislative districts.  The Atlas also maps lung cancer by age, gender, and race/ethnicity.  The Atlas was developed with financial support from Pfizer.  You can access the Atlas at: