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How Can Patients and Researchers Design Clinical Trials Together?

How Can Patients and Researchers Design Clinical Trials Together?

Read time: 2 minutes.  Traditionally, people associate getting involved in lung cancer research with enrolling in a clinical trial. But most don’t realize they can also partner with researchers behind the scenes and get involved in designing clinical trials.  In the first of a three-part series, Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research has partnered with LUNGevity to understand the role people with lung cancer can play in developing clinical trials. Through panelist…

2024 ASCO: Highlights of Lung Cancer Research

2024 ASCO: Highlights of Lung Cancer Research

Read time: 8 minutesThousands of oncologists, scientists, biotech and pharmaceutical representatives, patients, and advocates (including LUNGevity staff) met to discuss lifesaving cancer research at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago from May 31 through June 4, 2024. The theme for this year’s conference, “The Art and Science of Cancer Care: From Comfort to Cure,” highlighted the importance of using both our creativity and our scientific…

Researcher Aims to Bring 360-Degree Care to Young Adults Living with Lung Cancer

Researcher Aims to Bring 360-Degree Care to Young Adults Living with Lung Cancer

Young adults (less than 50 years of age) are being diagnosed with lung cancer at increasing rates. They tend to be women of Hispanic or Asian descent and are typically diagnosed with advanced-stage lung cancer. Research is ongoing to help us develop effective options to treat these patients medically, but little is known about the effects of the diagnosis on their mental, social, and financial health or their family planning. To help us better understand the needs of this growing…

Highlights of AACR 2024: Where the Laboratory Meets the Patient

Highlights of AACR 2024: Where the Laboratory Meets the Patient

Read time: 7 minutesIt’s spring! The daffodils bloom, the days become longer, and I attend the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). For those of you who are new to this meeting, it is the largest gathering of laboratory scientists and clinicians in the world—coming together to discuss how to take science from the bench (laboratory) to patients and communities. This year’s meeting was held in sunny San Diego and brought together more than 23,000 attendees. Below…

Cancer Grand Challenges Summit 2024: No Time to Waste in Addressing Some of Toughest Challenges in Cancer

Cancer Grand Challenges Summit 2024: No Time to Waste in Addressing Some of Toughest Challenges in Cancer

Read time: 4 minutesI just returned from the Cancer Grand Challenges Summit, held March 5–8, 2024 in London, England. Cancer Grand Challenges was launched in 2020 as a collaboration between Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Institute in the US, whereby they provide $25 million to international, multi-institutional teams working to address some of the most perplexing issues in the cancer field. I am LUNGevity’s representative on Team CANCAN, which is working to understand and treat…

Leveraging Genetics to Understand Why Younger Adults Are Developing Lung Cancer

Leveraging Genetics to Understand Why Younger Adults Are Developing Lung Cancer

Read Time: 5 minutesIt’s a mystery that has been baffling researchers: Why do some people develop lung cancer in their 20s or 30s? While we used to think lung cancer was only caused by exposure to tobacco and environmental factors like radon, researchers are starting to learn that the development of lung cancer, particularly in younger adults, could have a hereditary component.  LUNGevity partnered with the Lung Cancer Initiative, a leading nonprofit in North Carolina, to support…

LUNGevity Announces $1.2M in Lung Cancer Workforce Development Research Awards

LUNGevity Announces $1.2M in Lung Cancer Workforce Development Research Awards

LUNGevity Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of four awards to bolster the lung cancer research workforce— the Career Development Award, the VA Research Scholar Award, the Health Equity and Inclusiveness Research Fellow Award, and the ASTRO-LUNGevity Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Seed Grant.“Progress in lung cancer research is only possible with a vibrant and diverse thoracic oncology workforce,” notes Upal Basu Roy, PhD, MPH, executive director, LUNGevity Research. “We…

What Is a Clinical Trial

What Is a Clinical Trial

Lung cancer clinical trials are carefully designed research studies to evaluate and learn more about new drugs and treatments. They give people the ability to participate in lung cancer research and access to new treatments that otherwise may not be available to them, all under the close supervision of medical experts. 

Watch Recorded Expert Sessions From ILCSC

Watch Recorded Expert Sessions From ILCSC

The International Lung Cancer Survivorship Conference (ILCSC) is a free virtual educational conference for people with lung cancer, caregivers, and advocates. The 2023 conference was held September 22-23.  The recorded sessions from this conference are available to registered participants through December 21, 2023, at www.lungevity.org/ilcsc. If you did not register for the conference but would like to view the recordings, you may still register for free access. The recordings are…

The Latest Lung Cancer Science: Highlights of WCLC 2023

The Latest Lung Cancer Science: Highlights of WCLC 2023

I had the privilege of attending the 2023 World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Singapore with my colleague Dr. Bellinda King-Kallimanis. WCLC, the world's largest meeting dedicated to lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies, is an excellent forum for learning about the latest research into the early detection and treatment of lung cancer. Apart from the science, it was inspiring to see fellow advocates and network with brilliant researchers, all razor-focused on improving the outcomes…

Decentralized Trials: Bringing Clinical Trials Closer to the Patient

Decentralized Trials: Bringing Clinical Trials Closer to the Patient

While participating in clinical trials can provide substantial benefits to people with lung cancer, the resources required to do so may pose significant hurdles, especially to those who don’t live close to where trials are held, such as academic medical centers or major oncology network sites. Decentralized clinical trials remove some hurdles to trial participation for patients and are thus important for improving trial access for larger and more diverse groups of people. The U.S. Food and Drug…

We have succeeded in targeting KRAS G12C mutations. Now what?

We have succeeded in targeting KRAS G12C mutations. Now what?

We currently have two FDA-approved drugs, sotorasib and adagrasib, that are used to treat advanced-stage NSCLC with KRAS G12C mutations. Watch the discussion with guest speakers Rosemary Conway (patient advocate who was diagnosed with KRAS G12D-positive NSCLC) and Dr. Kathryn Arbour, MD (thoracic oncologist, assistant attending physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). Dr. Arbour received a 2020 LUNGevity Career Development Award and is studying how lung cancer cells become…

2023 ASCO: Highlights of Lung Cancer Research

2023 ASCO: Highlights of Lung Cancer Research

Recently, members of LUNGevity Foundation joined thousands of attendees from the US and around the world, including oncologists, scientists, biotech and pharmaceutical representatives, advocates, and patients, to discuss lifesaving cancer research at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago from June 2 through June 6, 2023. The theme for this year’s conference, “Partnering With Patients: The Cornerstone of Cancer Care and Research,” was in recognition of…

Tracing the Clues of a Global Killer: How Dr. Charles Swanton’s Research Is Shedding New Light on Lung Cancer

Tracing the Clues of a Global Killer: How Dr. Charles Swanton’s Research Is Shedding New Light on Lung Cancer

As Chief Investigator of the groundbreaking Cancer Research UK (CRUK) TRACERx study, you could say that Dr. Charles Swanton is having a moment. Launched nine years ago, TRACERx seeks to understand lung cancer at its most basic level, “tracing” the clues that may predict how it starts and eventually changes over time so that doctors can treat it better.Collecting comprehensive genomic and clinical data from over 800 people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), Dr. Swanton and a team of…

Tackling the Biggest Challenges in Cancer

Tackling the Biggest Challenges in Cancer

Cancer Grand Challenges is a partnership between Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which funds global teams of leading researchers across various scientific disciplines to tackle some of the toughest challenges in cancer research. As Dinah Singer, Acting Director of NCI’s Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives says, “Cancer research is a global endeavor.” As LUNGevity’s Vice President of Global Engagement and Patient Partnerships, I recently attended…

Real-World Drug Development at the Targeted Therapies of Lung Cancer Meeting

Real-World Drug Development at the Targeted Therapies of Lung Cancer Meeting

The development of new treatments for any disease relies on the collaborative efforts of many different stakeholders, such as scientists, clinicians, patient advocacy groups, regulators, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. During scientific conferences that happen throughout the year, stakeholders cobble together opportunities to discuss the current state of treatments and strategize ways to bring emerging lifesaving treatments to patients. Each year, there is one key conference…

All About Biomarker Testing & KRAS+ Lung Cancer

All About Biomarker Testing & KRAS+ Lung Cancer

Patient Rosemary Conway was joined by LUNGevity's Dr. Amy Moore and Hatim Husain, an oncologist at UCSD, to discuss biomarker testing and progress in KRAS-positive lung cancer.

Improving Treatment for KRAS-Mutant Lung Cancer

Improving Treatment for KRAS-Mutant Lung Cancer

While targeted therapies have emerged in the past decade to improve treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with some types of driver mutations (such as EGFR and ALK), lung adenocarcinomas with KRAS driver mutations have been notoriously difficult to study and treat. KRAS is just one member of a large family of proteins, called RTKs (receptor tyrosine kinases), that span from the surface of the cell into the cell’s interior. This positioning allows RTKs to detect signals (such as…

Key Findings from ASCO 2022

Key Findings from ASCO 2022

Upal Basu Roy, PhD, MPH, LUNGevity's Executive Director of Research, speaks with Charles Rudin, MD, PhD, about the key findings from the recent meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and what they mean for the lung cancer community.

We're Live-Tweeting from ASCO June 3-7!

We're Live-Tweeting from ASCO June 3-7!

LUNGevity’s Dr. Upal Basu Roy and Dr. Amy Moore will be live-tweeting from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting. Follow LUNGevity on Twitter and the hashtags #ASCO22 and #LCSM to be a part of the action. Times and topics of live-tweeted sessions are as follows: Fri, Jun 3, 2022 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT | Lung Cancer—Non-Small Cell Metastatic  Sun, Jun 5, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM EDT | Treatment Sequencing in Resectable Lung Cancer…

Lung Cancer Treatment Landscape: New Options and Ongoing Challenges

Lung Cancer Treatment Landscape: New Options and Ongoing Challenges

Drs. Upal Basu Roy, Amy Moore, and Dhru Deb discuss their recent publication in which they presented an analysis of the lung cancer drug pipeline. They talk about what it means for patients, new drugs under development for NSCLC and SCLC, and some of the ongoing challenges and opportunities this rapid growth means for the lung cancer community.

New Options in Adjuvant Therapy for Early-Stage NSCLC

New Options in Adjuvant Therapy for Early-Stage NSCLC

Historically, surgery has been the most effective treatment for patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). While technological improvements, such as the development of minimally invasive techniques (such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or VATS), have made surgeries safer for patients, the ability to cure early-stage NSCLC patients hasn’t improved significantly in recent decades. Even after successful surgeries that completely remove the visible tumor, about half of…

Highlights of the 2022 AACR meeting

Highlights of the 2022 AACR meeting

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2022 meeting was held in New Orleans from April 9 to 13. Doctors and researchers worldwide joined together virtually and in person to make this year’s meeting one of the largest gatherings since the start of the pandemic. They shared the many exciting developments in cancer research and treatment that emerged over the last year. This year’s meeting is another testament to “Science doesn’t stop, and scientists never sleep!” Here, we discuss…

KRAS: How It Started vs. How It’s Going

KRAS: How It Started vs. How It’s Going

On May 28, 2021, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved sotorasib as the first targeted therapy for patients with KRAS G12C-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Both researchers and patients celebrated this historic breakthrough, which had been a goal since the KRAS oncogene was discovered 40 years ago. KRAS is a leading driver mutation in various forms of cancer. Still, targeting KRAS had failed for nearly four decades, leading many to believe that it was “…

All Things KRAS: A Conversation with Terri Conneran and Dr. Darryl McConnell

All Things KRAS: A Conversation with Terri Conneran and Dr. Darryl McConnell

On January 31, 2022,  Amy Moore, PhD, brought us an update on KRAS. Dr. Moore, LUNGevity's Vice President of Global Engagement and Patient Partnerships, spoke with Terri Conneran, KRAS lung cancer survivor and founder of the KRAS Kickers; and Darryl McConnell, PhD, Research Site Head at Boehringer Ingelheim in Vienna, Austria.