Listen to “November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month WORST FEARS SURROUNDING SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER” on Spreaker.
In light of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the healthcare industry recognizes the innovative medical strides made in lung cancer research. Importantly, this month is also a time to reflect on the 13 percent of lung cancer cases that are small cell, a disease that occurs in approximately 30,000 to 35,000 patients each year in the U.S.1 .A small cell lung cancer (SCLC) diagnosis can cause experiences of stigma, fear and hopelessness for many due to its devastating nature.
SCLC can have a profound emotional and physical impact on the lives of those it touches, and many people are hesitant to “dig deep” into online research out of worry they may affirm their worst fears when it comes to survivability.
Nearly 50% of cancer patients, including those impacted by SCLC, spend less than 10 minutes speaking with their healthcare provider when first diagnosed.2 Each and every healthcare hero – physicians, nurses, advocates, scientists and researchers alike – has a role to play in delivering more personalized attention across the continuum of SCLC care.
Montessa, a 14-year SCLC survivor and advocate, is joined with Abizer Gaslightwala, head of U.S. hematology and oncology at Jazz Pharmaceuticals to speak with the public about SCLC.
Why it’s so critical for the healthcare industry to dedicate energy to SCLC
Advice for those who are beginning their journey with SCLC
Support services that can improve psychosocial health and well-being
Montessa and Abizer will also share details about a new online program called Nothing Small About It, the first-ever digital hub dedicated solely to SCLC patients and their caregivers that aims to provide empathy, education and inspiration through a collection of intimate testimonials from people living with the disease and those who help provide support to them.
It was developed to meet people exactly where they’re at in their individual care journeys, and it is focused exclusively on the psychosocial and educational needs of all people living with this rare form of cancer.
Interview is courtesy: Jazz Pharmaceuticals
1 National Organization for Rare Diseases. Small cell lung cancer. https://rarediseases.org/rarediseases/small-cell-lung-cancer/. Updated 2019. Accessed March 11, 2021.
2 Figg WD, Smith EK, Price DK, et al. Disclosing a diagnosis of cancer: Where and how does it occur? J. Clin. Oncol. 2010 Aug 1;28(22):3630-3635
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