Funding A Future Without Lung Cancer
Lung cancer has a dismal survival rate, with only a 22 percent chance of surviving five years, and a less than 1% 5-year survival chance if diagnosed at stage IV, the stage at which it is most commonly diagnosed. It kills more people per year than colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In fact, it kills more than twice as many women per year than breast cancer. There has been a negative stigma with the disease because of its relationship to smoking. However, sixty-five percent of the new cases of lung cancer are among nonsmokers and former smokers.
The good news is, there are several new, effective targeted treatments with low toxicities on the horizon. We expect the survival of patients with metastatic disease to improve significantly with immunotherapy, with 15-20% of patients in clinical trials surviving 5 years. Unfortunately, the funding for lung cancer has been insufficient to support the much needed research and discoveries.
Lung cancer is underfunded compared to the number of deaths it causes. Breast cancer has nearly 13 times more funding than lung cancer. The loss of lives per year due to lung cancer is nearly double than that of breast cancer. The need is simple: more funding. The funding will support research for early detection and newer targeted treatments.
Everyone Deserves a Breath of Hope.
Our mission is to bring hope to the men and women diagnosed with lung cancer every day and raise funds to support the innovative research necessary for a cure. For more information, click here.
Our next event will be held via Zoom on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm ET. To attend, you must register in advance. Registration details will be available in the coming days. Please check back soon!
Join us in funding innovative research and programs that will save lives. Your donation will directly fund ground-breaking basic and translational lung cancer research (including clinical trials), research training, early detection and lung cancer prevention led by internationally renowned lung cancer expert and cancer survivor, Dr. David Carbone at The James Thoracic Oncology Center. Please consider making a donation of any amount that is meaningful to you. Each gift will help change lives and bring The James closer to conquering lung cancer.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and we truly appreciate your support!