LUNGevity Foundation has launched its Early Lung Cancer Center (ELCC) to accelerate the development and broad adoption of early detection and treatment options so people diagnosed with lung cancer have the best chance for long-term survival and a better quality of life.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and the global burden of lung cancer is expected to continue to grow over the next 20 years. Approximately 80% of patients are diagnosed in the late stage, when the disease has progressed and mortality is high. By shifting most diagnosed cases earlier, survival and quality of life are improved. After decades of research, advances in therapeutics and detection methods are simultaneously enabling us to dramatically improve survival outcomes for people diagnosed with lung cancer. The Early Lung Cancer Center will help accelerate this progress.
"The LUNGevity Early Lung Cancer Center is a multifaceted effort to improve lung cancer survival by making early detection and early disease management the norm. We are looking forward to working with our Center's External Advisory Board, partners, and stakeholders to improve rates of lung cancer screening, establish and standardize incidental nodule programs, and leverage emerging technologies and research for the early detection and treatment of lung cancer," explained Leah Fine, vice president of the LUNGevity Early Lung Cancer Center.
Key opportunities for the ELCC include:
The ELCC's External Advisory Board is composed of key opinion leaders to help guide and drive the transformation of lung cancer to a disease that is diagnosed and treated in the early stages when it is the most curable.
"Early detection is key to improving lung cancer mortality," said Nabil Chehab, Medical Franchise Head, Lung Cancer at AstraZeneca.
"Diagnosing the disease at the earliest stage is core to our ambition. Supporting LUNGevity Foundation is another important step in advancing our mission to eliminate cancer as a cause of death."
"For more than a decade, LUNGevity has fostered early detection through policy work, translational research projects, and patient education efforts," said Andrea Ferris, LUNGevity's president and CEO. "The goal of the Early Lung Cancer Center is to strategically amplify those efforts, while building synergies with our partners, to create a world where no one dies of lung cancer."
LUNGevity thanks AstraZeneca for being a Founding Sponsor of this initiative. The organization is also grateful for the leadership support of the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation, the Stern Family, the Family and Friends of Meenakshi Ponnusamy, and the Pomerance and Berl Families.Back To Top
LUNGevity Launches Early Lung Cancer Center. Appl Rad Oncol.