What We Did to Raise Lung Cancer Awareness
Lung Cancer Connection welcomed over 60 patients, family members, nurses and physicians to the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel for its first ever seminar designed to educate the community about lung cancer issues.
Seven prominent St. Louis physicians and a social worker presented information about the diagnosis, staging, treatment, and future of lung cancer. Not only was the program unique in its singular focus on lung cancer, it was also a rare opportunity for doctors from different hospital systems to come together and share the podium regarding the state of this deadly disease.
How it Helped
We received so many positive comments from audience members regarding the value of the information provided. Lung cancer patients, their families and so often medical professionals who care for them are not given information about diagnosis and treatment. It is remarkable how powerful a bit of knowledge can be and we believe that every lung cancer patient has the right to understand the options available for treatment.
Tips and Tricks
- Talk with local hospitals. We found that many centers are without support when it comes to providing educational information to lung cancer patients and are glad to have materials/resources for their patients.
- Find out which docs in your community are interested/willing to help change the "shame and blame" surrounding lung cancer to "information is power". Ask them for help
- Oncology nurses are a valuable asset and truly want to learn and be active in the treatments of their lung cancer patients. Ask them for help.