LUNGevity Announces Agreement with Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE)

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LUNGevity Announces Agreement with
Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE)

 Partnership Adds Critical Online Resources for
Lung Cancer Patients, Families and Caregivers

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2011) – LUNGevity Foundation today announced an agreement with Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE), that will provide detailed information about lung cancer management to patients, their loved ones and caregivers.  LUNGevity is the nation’s largest lung cancer grassroots organization, and in partnership with GRACE will make available experts to answer questions from and provide critically needed guidance to the lung cancer community.

GRACE is a non-profit organizationdeveloped by Dr. Howard (Jack) West, Medical Director, Thoracic Oncology Program, Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA that seeks to improve medical care for cancer patients by democratizing access to cutting edge information on optimal cancer management. GRACE is a friendly, compelling, and truly informative resource that goes well beyond the nonspecific information generally available on other websites to deliver information and answer questions as specifically as possible in order to help patients and caregivers understand their options and make truly difficult decisions. It is a trusted and qualified source of cancer information.

“LUNGevity Foundation is very pleased to partner with GRACE,” said Andrea Stern Ferris, President of LUNGevity Foundation. “The partnership adds a crucial piece to the extensive online resources LUNGevity already provides. Many patients and their families begin their experience with cancer confused and unsure of what will happen next.  GRACE helps to interpret complex medical terminology into easy to understand language, which helps lung cancer patients and their loved ones better understand the medical terms, processes and latest advances associated with lung cancer research.  We are so excited to be able to offer this much-needed resource to the lung cancer community.”

LUNGevity Foundation’s Lung Cancer Support Community (LCSC) is the largest online lung cancer support network. The LCSC offers its users an extensive message board, 24-hour support, a telephone buddy program, a card circle program, and notice for lung cancer events and advocacy opportunities that fund LUNGevity’s lung cancer research.

Through this agreement, LUNGevity now offers visitors access to experts through services such as webinars, podcasts and interactive sessions. Lung cancer patients and their loved ones can learn about the latest lung cancer research and developments, read medical language translated into layman’s terms and have question and answer sessions with medical experts.

“We're delighted to partner with LUNGevity, since we have such complementary strengths and together can provide so much value to the lung cancer community,” said Dr. Jack West, President of GRACE. “Their support in this partnership will enable us to deliver great educational content to a much wider community of patients and caregivers who need this information.”  

To schedule an interview with Andrea Stern Ferris, President of LUNGevity Foundation and Dr. Jack West, President of GRACE, contact Victoria Shapiro at (202) 414-0774 or vshapiro@susandavis.com.

About LUNGevity Foundation

The mission of LUNGevity Foundation is to have a meaningful and immediate impact on improving lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients, and provide a community for those impacted by lung cancer.

In order to accomplish its mission, LUNGevity funds the most promising research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer as identified by its board of leading scientists. LUNGevity also supports the largest national grassroots lung cancer network.

LUNGevity seeks to inspire the nation to commit to ending lung cancer.

For more information, please visit www.lungevity.org.

About Lung Cancer

  • Lung cancer impacts 1 in 14 Americans and is the number one cancer killer.
  • About 65 percent of Americans diagnosed with lung cancer either never smoked a cigarette in their lives or had quit smoking.
  • Less than 15 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive 5 years post-diagnosis because of limited early detection opportunities.
  • There is no widely available, effective early diagnostic test available today.

About GRACE

The mission of the Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE) is to provide expert-mediated information on current and emerging cancer management options in order to empower patients, caregivers, and health professionals to become direct partners in cancer care. GRACE (www.cancerGRACE.org) was founded by Dr. Howard (Jack) West, a medical oncologist based in Seattle, to provide high quality, expert-mediated cancer information for the general public, specifically for patients, their families, and other caregivers, that is not available through other sources.  Since its inception, its faculty, breadth and depth of content, and international audience have grown rapidly.

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