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Brooklyn, New York District Attorney Ken Thompson

Our condolences to Mr. Thompson's Family....

 Kenneth P. Thompson, the first black district attorney of Brooklyn and a voice for racial justice at a moment of tension between law enforcement and minority communities, died on Sunday from cancer, his family said. He was 50.

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2015 Cancer Stats

Check out latest news on where we stand on all cancers.... More

 
Mae's Breath Foundation Featured in Modelix Magazine

We're so honoured to be featured in the second annivary of the Modelix Magazine. Lung cancer is still relevant- help us continue to spread the word!

 

 
Bobby Smith- "I'll Be Around" of Spinners Succumbs to Lung Cancer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A former lead singer of the soul music group "The Spinners" has died in Orlando.

A statement released Monday by the manager of the rhythm and blues group said Bobbie Smith passed away Saturday morning due to complications from pneumonia and influenza. He was 76.

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Racial Disparities in care for those with Lung Cancer

Racial Segregation Linked to Lung Cancer Deaths

A new study boasts an extremely interesting claim: African-Americans who live in an area that is predominately Black have a higher chance of dying from lung cancer than Blacks who live in more racially mixed communities. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center analyzed national data about lung cancer deaths between the years 2003 and 2007. They found that overall, Black lung cancer patients had a 59 percent death rate, compared with 51 percent of white lung cancer patients. But when they looked closer at racially segregated counties, the stats for Blacks got worse, reported Reuters:

Black patients living in diverse counties had a mortality rate of about 52 percent, which was comparable to white patients. But Black patients living in highly segregated counties had a mortality rate of about 63 percent. Black patients living in moderately segregated areas had a mortality rate of 57 percent. Ironically, lung cancer rates for Blacks didn’t change whether they lived in all-white or racially mixed areas.

So what gives?

 
Laverne Wilkinson

Good Ole Kings County Hospital!!

Laverne Wilkinson's horrific tale of mistreatment at Kings County Hospital spurs Daily News readers to offer donations and prayers
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Lori Hope- Cancerquette Gift Guide

I recently heard of the passing of author Lori Hope who battled this unfortunate disease for some years, and who has given back with her journey and words. My deepest condolences as I share her great overview In What Helps WHat Hurts What Heals  Thank you so very much Lori....

Posted May 17, 2012 12:38pm By: LoriHope

For days I’ve been trying to write through the fog of pain-med-induced numbness, which severely limits my emotional and intellectual reach. My goal was to craft something clever, entertaining, and useful for you about etiquette and what it means in the context of cancer. I was going to start with a cute story, a lesson I learned about manners when I was 19 and attended a very fancy wedding shower at a mansion with servants. I recall them wearing white gloves but that’s likely romance-enhanced memory.

I got so caught up in the writing and details that I almost missed the point. It’s not about the stories now, not to me anyway. I think I can share valuable insights without wowing you with words. I’ve always attempted to get beyond words anyway, whether in my documentary scripts, essays, or other work. Words have been a means, not a beautiful end in themselves.

So I’m moving ahead with a few tips – lessons I’ve learned and relearned and relearned (sigh) – to help you help others. If you see yourself in any of these tips, please know they’re not meant to hurt anyone. Remember that each of these “rules” – and as you know rules are meant to be broken and especially in this case, when people differ so much, even within themselves from day to day, are based on a few immutable truths:

• People need to feel heard.
• People need to feel hope.
• People need to feel loved, respected, validated, understood, and appreciated.
• People need to know they can count on their friends and loved ones to be reliable and trustworthy, especially when they are most vulnerable and easily let down

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ENB and Lung Cancer

If this could have been available 10 years ago.... The war in lung cancer is a slow and long one...

The doctor can create a 3D image of the tumor in Price's lung using "Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy" or "ENB."

Lalla says the system works just like a GPS -- pin-pointing the exact location of growths.

"Previously, by doing a biopsy of the lung under regular x-ray, the success rate was about 40-percent. By doing it with this new technique, it's about 80-percent," said Lalla.

Using a special scope, doctors are able to not only locate tumors, but also perform biopsies, find the best way to navigate to the growth, and place special "markers" that radiologists use to deliver treatment right to the site of the disease.

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Olympian Margot Shumway and Mom's battle with Lung Cancer

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- Margot Shumway is trying to win a race, and an Olympic gold medal.

Julia Shumway is trying to win a battle, and save her life.

As Margot and her mother head to the London Olympics later this month — Margot to row and Julia, hopefully, to cheer — the Westlake women are drawing considerable strength from each other.

Margot, rowing double sculls with partner Sarah Trowbridge, will be competing in her second consecutive Olympics, which is no small feat for someone who never sat in a racing scull until her senior year at Ohio State. A scull is a long, narrow boat on which each rower has two oars.

In just the past year, Margot has shown remarkable perseverance. She was cut from the national team, rebounded to win a Pan Am Games single-scull gold medal, failed to make the Olympic team with Trowbridge at the U.S. trials in April, and finally made the Games a month later when a berth opened up and they won a last-chance qualifying race in Switzerland.

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Mae's Breath Support Group

Excitement is the word to describe our delight to offer a free service for anyone dealing with lung cancer. August 4th will highlight an opportunity for those to partake from their home an online service online chat.

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Doctors Troubled by rise in lung cancer in non-smokers

Lung cancer remains the single biggest cause of cancer death in Canada, accounting for a staggering quarter of all cancer deaths.

About 85 per cent of those cases can be chalked up to smoking. But doctors are noticing a troubling phenomenon that they can't yet fully explain: women are dying of lung cancer...and more of them have never smoked.

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Signs of Lung Cancer

Just like anything.... it's so important to know your body and take heed when you're presented with possible signs of concern. Here are seven common signs to look for.....

 Source- Health Central

 
Lung Cancer and Glass Baby

Lee Rhodes was just 32 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer, a nightmare for anyone but a particularly grim diagnosis for a mother of three small children. After a long, hard battle and many rounds of grueling chemotherapy, Rhodes not only beat cancer but came up with a dream of helping other cancer patients.

The dream began from Rhodes' sick bed, moved to the garage of her Seattle home and has since evolved into a successful business called glassybaby.

 

Drinking and Lung Cancer -- Having a beer belly should be of least concern for alcohol users.  According to three recent studies, heavy alcohol consumption is linked to a great risk of developing lung cancer, while specific ethnic groups, including African American men and Asian women, had slightly higher risks for lung cancer. 

On the other hand, black tea consumption was shown to reduce lung cancer risk in nonsmoking women, while higher BMU and increased fruit consumption were associated with a lower risk of lung cancer in both men and women. "Heavy drinking has multiple harmful effects, including cardiovascular complications and increased risk for lung cancer," Stanton Siu, MD, Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California, was quoted as saying.  A relationship between lung cancer development and moderate drinking was not found; therefore it is likely that middle-aged and older moderate drinkers have coronary artery protection and no increased risk of lung cancer.

SOURCE : American College of Chest Physicians, publish online October 24, 2011

 
Cancer Coverage Parity Act of 2011- being introduced in the House

Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY) introduced HR 2746, the Cancer Coverage Parity Act of 2011, on August 1.  This important piece of legislation requires health insurance coverage of oral anticancer drugs on terms no less favorable than the coverage provided for intravenously (IV) administered anticancer medications.

Oral treatments have become more prevalent and are the standard care for many types of cancer. Unfortunately, the insurance benefit design has not kept pace with this innovation. As it stands now, IV treatments are covered under a health plan’s medical benefit where the patient is typically required to pay a copay for the office visit.  Conversely, oral treatments are being covered under a health plan’s prescription benefit and many times, patients are responsible for extremely high and unmanageable copays to fill these prescriptions which creates a huge barrier to accessing the life saving medications that patients need.

It is imperative that all cancer patients have access to the treatments recommended by their physicians and the IMF believes that patients should not suffer from cost discrimination based on the type of therapy provided or the mechanism for the deliver of that therapy.

We need your help to build support for HR 2746 among Members of Congress.

From our friends at The International Myeloma Foundation

 
Lung Cancer Sniffer Proposed

Dogs can be trained to accurately sniff out lung cancer, a German study suggests. 

Lung cancer is a common cause of death worldwide.  In Canada, more than a quarter of all cancer deaths are attributed to lung cancer, and it remains the second most common cancer in both men and women, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. 

Early detection of lung cancer is often just by chance, in part because the disease has few symptoms, but prognosis depends on early diagnosis.  Scientists are working on trying to detect it using exhaled breath samples, but results have been elusive.

 
CT scans show promise for lung cancer screening

A heavy smoker for more than 45 years, Fernando Sandoval quit cold turkey after a CT scan revealed he had a tumor in his lung.  Nine years ago Sandoval was one of the first people to participate in a clinical trial at UCLA to determine whether a low-dose CT scan can be used as a possible screening tool for the deadliest cancer.

 
Toenails may hold clue to lung cancer risk

Your toenails may hold clues to your risk of developing lung cancer, a new study finds.  The results show men with high levels of nicotine in their toenails were about 3.5 times more likely to develop lung cancer than those with lower levels of nicotine, regardless of their smoking histories.

 
New lung cancer gene found - Cancer biologists identify a driving force behind the spread of an aggressive type of lung cancer

A major challenge for cancer biologists is figuring out which among the hundreds of genetic mutations found in a cancer cell are most important for driving the cancer’s spread.

 
ID1 Protein Boosts Lung Cancer in Smokers, Non-Smokers; Potential Anti-Oncogenic Target

ScienceDaily (July 19, 2011) — Lung cancer is strongly correlated with smoking, and most lung cancer patients are current or former smokers. But it is not rare in nonsmokers. Now, a team of researchers from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, shows that a protein called ID1 is a key player in lung cancer in both smokers and nonsmokers.