Week Ending May 16, 2022

Increase Funding for the Lung Cancer Research Program
“Right now is the time to make your voice heard! You have the chance to be a part of one of our biggest successes EVER in the lung cancer community. We are so close to securing lifesaving lung cancer research funding. More than 80 groups of lung cancer patients, advocates, veterans, doctors, nurses, and many more have united to request $60M in the FY23 Defense Appropriations Bill for the Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP). We have more voices than ever before, more momentum than ever before, our request is grounded and reasonable, our arguments are sound, and we are speaking with ONE VOICE.

Your part is simple (but absolutely critical!): Ask your Senators to sign the bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter before the deadline! The deadline to contact your Senators is May 17, so we must act NOW. Simply enter your information and click the Send Your Message Now button. Your message will automatically go to your two U.S. Senators. Consider telling your personal story for even more impact.  https://lungcan.org/act/

Study Finds Rural Residence May Adversely Influence Lung Cancer Screening Among Veterans
“Veterans residing in rural areas were less likely to complete annual repeat lung cancer screenings compared with those living in a nonrural location, with reduced uptake of initial lung cancer screening also found among eligible veterans in rural vs nonrural locations.”

New model may inform ‘how aggressively a lung cancer should be treated’
“Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the world. More than 2.2 million people received a new lung cancer diagnosis in 2020. Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in men and the second most common in women.”

Mutations in Lung Cells Linked to Pack-Years of Smoking
“People who never smoked were less likely to have cell mutations linked to lung cancer.”

Powering up a lung cancer patient’s immune cells
“Lung cancer is by far the most common cause of cancer death. Because more than half of people with lung cancer die within a year of their diagnoses, Nebraska Medicine is committed to early detection and new therapies.”

Quitting Smoking Even After Lung Cancer Diagnosis Worth Doing
“Patients who quit smoking at or around the time of a lung cancer diagnosis live longer than those who continue to smoke, concludes a new meta-analysis.”

Lourdes Hospital’s Pulmonologist First in Region to Use Innovative Technology for Lung Cancer Diagnosis
“Mercy Health physician and pulmonologist Mohamad Khoudoud, MD, is the first doctor in the Paducah region to use an innovative technology called robotic bronchoscopy to help diagnose lung nodules earlier and more accurately.”

CASCADE-LUNG Enrolls First Patients to Validate a Novel Lung Cancer Screening Test
“The first participants have been enrolled in the CASCADE-LUNG study, a prospective, multicenter trial.”

Key Signs of SCLC Transformation in Patients With EGFR+ NSCLC
“Ravi Salgia, MD, PhD, discusses the ways in which oncologists can watch out for non-small cell lung cancer that transforms to small-cell lung cancer.”