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How Important Is a Lung Cancer Support Group?

How Important Is a Lung Cancer Support Group?
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Published on April 1, 2020

Along with advancements in treatment, patients and care partners have access to more support opportunities than ever before. Patient Power’s Laura Levaas, herself a patient living with lung cancer, shares how important joining a Facebook group of patients with a similar diagnosis proved to be. Through this group she found her current doctor, Dr. Ross Camidge, Director of the Thoracic Oncology Clinical and Clinical Research Programs at the University of Colorado, and found the opportunity to participate in a Phase II clinical trial.

Living and Thriving With Lung Cancer

Dr. Camidge has seen how a positive attitude and reaching out for help can make all the difference for a patient. He has a picture of 100 people, who have all passed the five-year anniversary of their lung cancer diagnosis, hanging in his office. He uses it to inspire the newly diagnosed and their families and encourages them to reach out for help from others who share the experience. Dr. Camidge explains that by seeing the picture, “the idea of survival goes from being a fantasy to being a realistic dream.”

Ask the Experts

Laura and Dr. Camidge recently sat down to discuss the importance of assembling a support team and to answer lung cancer patients’ questions. To view the program in its entirety, go to The Empowered Lung Cancer Thriver and Expert Chat.

This is a Patient Empowerment Network program produced by Patient Power. We thank Celgene Corporation, Novartis, and Pfizer for their support. These organizations have no editorial control. Patient Power is solely responsible for the content.

~Jessica Ellis

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