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The Lung Cancer Research Foundation Commemorates November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month with “Living.Breathing.Science.” at the Third Annual Lung Cancer Symposium

October 10, 2011

Public Forum Focuses on Advances in Lung Cancer Research with Leading Experts in Discovery, Treatment and Patient Support

NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Lung Cancer Research Foundation will host its third annual Lung Cancer Symposium, November 1, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at the Times Center in New York. Each year, lung cancer claims more lives(1) in the United States than breast, colon and prostate deaths combined(2). This free, open to the public session will explore perspectives from opinion leading experts from across the country on issues as comprehensive as why women are vulnerable to lung cancer to the advancements that will lead to personalized treatments to manage the disease.

The Third Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Symposium will feature a panel presentation from notable lung cancer experts, including:

  • Christina Baik, M.D., MPH, Fred Hutchinson Research Center, to talk about current epidemiological trends in lung cancer including the factors that may make women vulnerable to the disease;
  • Ralph Weichselbaum, M.D., Chairman, Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology and the Director for the Ludwig Center for Metastatic Research, The University of Chicago Medical Center; to share discoveries in cellar biology of lung cancer cells and what discoveries mean to the future of disease management;
  • James Welsh, M.D., the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center to share perspective from the clinician’s point of view regarding advancements in diagnosis and treatment, and
  • Jane Bowling, DSW, LCSW, Director of Social Work, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, to address how patients and family members can cope with a diagnosis of lung cancer.

“The Lung Cancer Research Foundation is proud to fuel, through grants to international scientists, groundbreaking research in the area of lung cancer and to host this prestigious group of experts to advance the knowledge of the disease amongst the general public,” said James B. Dougherty, M.D. Medical and Scientific Advisor to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation and member of its Board of Directors. “We hope that people living with lung cancer, their friends and family and the researchers and clinicians who treat the disease will join us to learn all that we can do to manage lung cancer today and in the future.”

The panel discussion will be followed by an interactive question and answer session moderated by Dr. Dougherty. Additionally, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation will announce its 2011 Grant Recipients and Scientific Merit Award, selected from 87 applications received from around the world.

“Commemorating Lung Cancer Awareness month with public education and the announcement of grants to deserving and committed scientists is critical to our mission to support innovative strategies for better treatments, screening, and prevention of all cancers of the lung,” said Laurie Carson, Founder and President of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. “This symposium is an opportunity to share knowledge and best practices to lead to more positive outcomes and improved quality of life for all lung cancer patients.”

Attendees can register for the symposium until Monday, October 31st online at www.lungfund.org or by calling 646.290.5154. Webex will be available.

About The Lung Cancer Research Foundation:
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation was founded in 2005 by Laurie Carson after years of fundraising on behalf of lung cancer patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The LCRF seeks to help advance lung cancer research and to help those whose lives have been affected by this disease. The mission of LCRF is to support national research studies and activities focused on better treatments, screening, and prevention of lung cancer. For more information about the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, visit: www.lungfund.org.

News Media Contacts:
Raquel Erwin
Zeno Group on behalf of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation
(212) 299-299-8951 or Raquel.Erwin@zenogroup.com

(1) Center for Disease Control. Lung Cancer Statistics. Retrieved July 27 2011 http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/statistics/index.htm

(2) National Cancer Institute. Cancer Statistics and Facts. Retrieved Aug 2 2011 http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/lungb.html

SOURCE Lung Cancer Research Foundation

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