National Lung Cancer Partnership Debuts Patient Education Booklet

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Resource Offers Hope to Those Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

MADISON, Wis., July 9 /PRNewswire/ — If you are diagnosed with lung cancer ignore the survival statistics and focus on new treatments and approaches that are being developed and tested every day, according to a new booklet free to patients, families and physicians.

“Living with a Diagnosis of Lung Cancer” was developed by National Lung Cancer Partnership to help those recently diagnosed with lung cancer answer basic questions about what their diagnosis means, and what their treatments might entail.

“When people hear the words, ‘You have lung cancer’ their mind starts racing and they hear or remember very little of what comes next,” said Joan Schiller, M.D., president, National Lung Cancer Partnership, and lead author of the booklet. “Even in this age of the Internet with information at your fingertips, patients and their families often don’t know what to ask or are intimidated about doing so. This booklet was designed to be an easy-to-read resource for many of the initial questions people might have, from what kinds of doctors will be treating you to whether or not a clinical trial is right for you.”

The booklet is available at no charge by sending an email including your name and address to [email protected] An expanded version with more detailed information and links to additional resources can be accessed at http://www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org/.

“Living with a Diagnosis of Lung Cancer” explains what lung cancer is and how it affects the body. Standard treatments, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, are discussed in detail along with their possible side-effects. The booklet also includes an extensive resources section with contact information for the many organizations that support cancer patients in various ways.

The booklet also outlines how to get a second (or third) opinion; how to be your own advocate and how to accept help from family, friends and support groups.

National Lung Cancer Partnership is the only national lung cancer organization founded by physicians and researchers and focused on understanding how the disease affects women and men differently. The 501(c) (3) organization was founded in 2001. For more information, go to http://www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org/.