Website offers free support for people facing lung cancer
NEW YORK, November 5, 2007—In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, CancerCare, a national non-profit that provides free counseling services to people facing a cancer diagnosis, has launched a new, enhanced version of lungcancer.org, a website offering free support services for those facing lung cancer.
More than 200,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Lung cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in men and women (after prostate and breast, respectively), but it is the number one cause of cancer-related death. Moreover, more women die of lung cancer each year than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined.
“Being diagnosed with lung cancer pushes both patients and those who care for them into a strange and sometimes frightening new environment, and they really don’t know what to do to get some control over a very difficult change in their lives,” said Win Boerckel, CancerCare’s National Lung Cancer Program Coordinator. “CancerCare’s staff of professionally trained oncology social workers are there to assist them in navigating their diagnosis and treatment with answers, advice and, always, continuing support.”
At lungcancer.org, people facing a diagnosis of lung cancer can find free professional support services and resources, including counseling, education, and financial assistance. By visiting the website, patients and loved ones can gain access to oncology social workers who provide both individual and group counseling, in person, over the phone or online, to answer questions, address concerns and provide information about cancer-related issues. Important information is also available on diagnosis, treatment, and clinical trials.
“CancerCare has motivated me to look at myself realistically, become an advocate, and feel that my experience and knowledge are valuable,” said Laurel Perton, a lung cancer survivor who has received counseling through CancerCare’s support groups. “I’ve learned to keep a balance; after all, I have nine grandchildren and interests outside of cancer. The group has taught me that it’s O.K. to ask for help when I need it. I cherish my life and hope it is a long one.”
In 1998, CancerCare founded lungcancer.org as part of its ongoing programs for people with lung cancer. Its mission is to provide support and information for people with lung cancer, their caregivers and their loved ones. Lungcancer.org is supported by a generous grant from Genentech.
The psychosocial services CancerCare provides are integral to the treatment and care of cancer patients, according to a new report from the National Academies' Institute of Medicine. To ensure that cancer patients receive the best quality of care possible, the report calls on oncologists and health care providers to address their patients’ emotional and practical concerns arising from cancer, and cites CancerCare as leading provider of these services. The report, “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs,” is now available on the IOM website at www.iom.edu/cancerwholecare.