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Lung Cancer Research

Why We Need Research

Research provides hope and save lives. This is especially true when it comes to lung cancer research. Lung cancer research can help develop better treatments, increasing the survival and quality of life for patients. Research can provide a better and longer future for those diagnosed with lung cancer as well and can also ultimately increase the number of survivors living with the disease.

The Lung Association supports lung cancer research so we can help prevent lung cancer cases, and failing that, prolong the lives of lung cancer patients. We have made some progress, but we plan to invest more, as lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Our Lung Cancer Research Program

The American Lung Association is committed to funding lung cancer research. As part of our Awards and Grants Program, a large part of funds go toward research on lung cancer prevention, treatment and quality of life. The primary goal of this lung cancer research program is simple: improve and save lives. The secondary goal is almost as important: To fund top-notch lung cancer researchers at important career crossroads to and gain long-term commitment to lung cancer research. Without the life-long dedication of lung cancer researchers and a large and active community of people trying to improve patients' lives, important and much needed discoveries would be impossible.

What Research Is Being Done?

Thanks to the medical breakthroughs led by Lung Association researchers and their colleagues worldwide, our lung cancer researchers have made significant contributions to the field of lung cancer. For example, tumor testing and targeted therapies have helped advance the area of personalized treatment (finding the unique genetic makeup of a person's tumor and developing and using drugs that are designed to be most effective for that patient).

In 2016-2017, Lung Association researchers are studying things like:

  • How lung cancer tumors become resistant to drug therapy and how to stop the process.
  • New techniques, such as using mutant cancer genes against the tumor's own growth.
  • Using new formulations of treatment that may better target lung tumor cells.
  • Whether the effectiveness of CT screening for lung cancer seen in a national trial translates into real-world benefits in everyday medical practice.
  • Research that could determine if radiation during heart procedures causes women to have a greater chance of developing lung cancer compared to men.
  • A targeted therapy that could lead to treatment that would stop the spread of lung adenocarcinoma.

Lung Cancer Researchers

Below are some of our lung cancer researchers and their studies. Learn more about our current lung cancer research studies at Research Awards Nationwide.

How You Can Be a Part of Research

Lung Cancer Registry

The Lung Cancer Registry is a database of medical information collected from thousands of lung cancer patients. Researchers study this health data to gain a better understanding of the disease, which can ultimately lead to better outcomes for patients.  By participating in the Registry, you not only will help advance lung cancer research, but you will also be able to learn about new clinical trial opportunities that may help in your own treatment program.

Learn more about the Lung Cancer Registry and how to sign up.

Lung Cancer Clinical Trials

Read questions and answers about clinical trials and see our Lung Association listing of current trials.

View our infographic Are clinical trials right for you? and download our checklist to help you talk with your doctor about clinical trials.

You can also search the Lung Cancer Clinical Trials Matching Service, provided by a partnership between the American Lung Association and EmergingMed. Patients can search for clinical trials that match their specific diagnosis and treatment history.

Find a Clinical Trial

Learn more about clinical trial programs in your area by searching our list and be sure to discuss with your doctor whether a clinical trial is right for you.

View Clinical Trials


    Approved by Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed October 27, 2016.

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