Lung Cancer Initiative of NC Hosts 4th Lung Cancer Advocacy Summit

The Lung Cancer Initiative of NC hosted a statewide Lung Cancer Summit on August 23 at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. Lung cancer advocates were bolstered with training, resources, knowledge and the courage to take action. UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center was the Host Sponsor of the event.

Speakers included UNC Lineberger’s Chad Pecot, MD, who discussed the latest in lung cancer research and molecular testing and Patricia Rivera, MD, who moderated a panel on lung cancer CT screening.  

“Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer in this country but the least funded of all cancers,” said Amy Cipau, President & volunteer of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina. “It kills more people than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. With greater awareness and advocacy, we can help change these facts.”

“We are excited to help bring together lung cancer advocates from across North Carolina to share the latest research in lung cancer and facilitate discussion on how we can continue to make advances to help our patients,” said Jared Weiss, MD, medical oncologist with UNC Lineberger’s Thoracic Oncology Program. Dr. Weiss also serves on the board of directors of the Lung Cancer Initiative of NC.

The summit included teaching workshops, interactive sessions, networking and small group discussions.  Topics addressed included understanding the hope and promise of lung cancer research, molecular testing, lung cancer CT screening, symptom management, crafting key messages, organizing fundraising and awareness raising events and educating the community about lung cancer awareness across North Carolina. 

About the Lung Cancer Initiative of NC

As the state’s leading 501c3 non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina specializes in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community.  The organization’s mission is to decrease deaths and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina.

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