Lung cancer remains the number one cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but there is hope. The lung cancer survival rate has dramatically increased nationally over the past decade to 22.6%. This encouraging trend is aided by early detection through lung cancer screening and advancements in research, which have resulted in more than 30 new lung cancer treatments approved by the U.S. FDA since 2016.
To educate lung cancer patients and caregivers on the newest trends in lung cancer treatments and research, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative is hosting its first-ever Lung Cancer in-person conference but from the comfort of their home.
“This year has presented significant challenges for those living with lung cancer, including increased risk of complications from COVID-19, as well as changes in treatment and screening schedules. This event will provide people facing lung cancer and caregivers vital information and resources to navigate their disease during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a look into the future of treatments for their specific type of lung cancer,” said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “During this challenging time, it’s important for all those living with lung cancer and lung disease, including COVID-19, to feel hope, optimism, and support.”
At the event, experts will lead sessions on topics including living with lung cancer in the time of COVID-19, breakout sessions about tumor mutations including EGFR, ALK, KRAS and ROS-1,caregiver support, and navigating lung cancer clinical trials during COVID-19. View the full schedule here.
“You can google all you want but nothing replaces hearing directly from the source, from a physician, scientist or a survivor such as myself. Kudos to the American Lung Association. Virtual programs such as this are vital to ensure we get the info we need and the insights to empower,” said LUNG FORCE Hero Denise Zimmerman.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.