No. The birds won't be discussing lung cancer, but there will be plenty of tweeting going on.
On Tuesday, November 27, 2012, The University of California Davis Comprehensive Care Center is sponsoring a tweet chat on Twitter, in honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Who may be interested in this free event?
- People living with lung cancer.
- Family and friends of people with living with lung cancer.
- Individuals who are interested in asking simple questions about complex issues in a stress free environment.
Topics to be discussed will include updates in surgery, targeted medicine, radiation oncology, and current concepts in nursing to fight cancer.
Representing thoracic surgery will be Dr. David Tom Cooke. Also part of the group will be Dr. Philip Mack and Dr. Tina Li (medical oncology), Megan Daly (radiation oncology), and Val Kuderer (thoracic nursing.)
Dr. Cooke told me that this "chat will be an easy way to have questions about lung cancer answered, but also 'crowdsource' difficult questions and concepts from many participants." In other words, in addition to questions you may ask, you will likely also get answers to questions that you never thought to ask or would have been uncomfortable asking.
The date: November 27, 2012.
The time: 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.
To join the conversation: Use #UCDcancerchat.
Further information/events: UC Davis Comprehensive Care Center Marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Would you like to be a part of this chat, but haven't yet joined the twittosphere? It's easy. That said as a mom of 4 children who would place my age at something just short of ancient. The links below can help you get started. You don't need a long profile - many people have just a sentence. For example, my "profile" says simply "stay up-to-date on all things related to lung cancer." You can even go shorter. One good friend of mine has a profile that simply says "hovering mom."
Still confused about what Twitter actually is?
As a last note, I try to stay on top of information sessions offered for people with lung cancer so I can share them with you. And it pains me when I hear about great opportunities too late. If you know of an event, a teleconference, a video, or yes, another twitter chat that would help people with lung cancer or their loved ones and caregivers, shoot me an email. Thanks so much to Dr. David Tom Cooke and his fellow physicians at the University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, for sharing this innovative way to help support people living with lung cancer. It's people like this that can make a difference in the future of lung cancer in the United States.
Photo: flickr.com, user thefixer