What We Do
Lung Cancer Connection is committed to organizing and funding community outreach programs aimed at those affected by lung cancer in the St. Louis area.
- LCC provides much needed information to newly-diagnosed patients and families about the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. The resource information bags are free of charge, and they are available at almost all St. Louis area hospitals and cancer centers. If for some reason your hospital does not have a bag available for you, please contact Lung Cancer Connection at 314-571-4002.
- Each year, LCC holds a free lung cancer information seminar. The first seminar in 2010 featured seven St. Louis physicians who specialize in lung cancer treatment. The keynote speaker for the 2011 seminar was world-renowned lung cancer oncologist Howard (Jack) West, M.D., President of The Global Resource for Cancer Education (GRACE) and Medical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington. The 2012 seminar again featured a panel of doctors and social workers who addressed topics of interest to lung cancer patients and their families. The 2013 event titled "I have lung cancer... now what?" presented patients with several breakout sessions on learning to cope with lung cancer. Topics included "The New Normal," "Side Effects Management," and "The Feeling of Fatigue."
- Since the spring of 2011, LCC has underwritten a monthly lung cancer networking group in partnership with the Cancer Support Community of St. Louis. This support group is the only one in St. Louis specifically targeted to lung cancer patients and their caregivers, who often find their cancer experience is made more difficult by the glaring lack of public support and concern for lung cancer. The meetings, held on the first Thursday of each month, address both medical treatment questions and emotional health needs of participants.
- Lung Cancer Connection also applies a portion of its charitable donations to fund lung cancer research. A key principle of LCC is to help raise funding for lung cancer studies and research to levels that are comparable to other common cancers. In 2010, LCC awarded a grant to St. Louis University Cancer Center for a study on early stage non-small cell lung cancer. And in 2012 LCC made its first ongoing annual grant to the SSM St. Joseph Foundation, in support of free lung cancer screenings for high risk individuals who are uninsured or who cannot afford to pay for the screenings. In 2013, Lung Cancer Connection awarded a $25,000 grant to Dr. Ramaswamy Govindan of the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Govindan will use the funds to jumpstart a pilot lung cancer research study on small cell lung cancer.
- In 2010 and 2012, LCC awarded medical education scholarships to St. Louis area medical professionals interested in learning about advances in care for lung cancer patients. The awards allowed health care workers to attend a national symposium or conference focused primarily on lung cancer treatment and research. LCC strongly believes that advances in lung cancer research can only be effective for patients if medical professionals at every level are knowledgable about the latest findings.
Lung Cancer Connection has many other plans in development for serving the lung cancer patients, and with over 1,500 cases of the illness diagnosed each year in the greater St. Louis area, LCC has much more to accomplish. To turn our mission and vision into reality, we focus on:
- Providing support, information, and hope to the newly diagnosed and their families.
- Educating the general public, medical treatment providers, and support networks about lung cancer's devastating toll on thousands of people each year.
- Increasing funding for research and treatment, such that donation levels are comparable to those of other common cancers.
- Eliminating the stigma associated with lung cancer so that all impacted by the disease are consistently treated with dignity and respect.
- Supporting and creating awareness for legislation that advocates for lung cancer funding and treatment initiatives.