Articles by Lung Cancer Research Council

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation For Genentech’s Alecensa ®

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced on October 3, 2016 that it has received a second Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor, Alecensa (alectinib)... FDA GRANTS BREAKTHROUGH THERAPY DESIGNATION FOR GENENTECH’S ALECENSA® (ALECTINIB) FOR FIRST-LINE TREATMENT OF PEOPLE WITH ALK-POSITIVE NSCLC – This Second Alecensa Breakthrough Therapy Designation Was Granted Based on Phase III J-ALEX Study  – SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 3, 2016 –Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced today that it has received a second Breakthrough Therapy Designation ...
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Ten Essential Facts about Lung Cancer

Did you know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. but is the least funded? Read more essential facts about lung cancer in this presentation and learn what you can to help in raising funds and awareness with the Lung Cancer Research Council.   ...
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Immunotherapy and its Ability to Fight Cancer

Unlike chemotherapy that attacks cancer directly, immunotherapy leverages a patient’s own immune system to help battle disease. Learn more about how immunotherapy helped a lung cancer patient restore his health and more in this New York Times article by Denise Grady. (more...) ...
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Giving Thanks to All

I haven’t had a chance to say THANK YOU to everyone that supported our efforts this year to raise lung cancer awareness and promote screening and early detection. Right after the November 7th 5K Run/Walk, Yoko and I went on a four-day cruise to the Bahama’s. When we got back, I took off for a weekend in Columbus Ohio to reunite with college friends. After that came Thanksgiving. We visited Orlando to see two of our daughters and share the weekend with their families. Yes, I have been in “go mode” pretty much non-stop since the race, so I’ve had ...
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Ideas for Creating Awareness

Feeling Fit – November 7th 2015 Today is the SWFL Lung Cancer Run/Walk and Mile of Memories Memorial Walk, commemorating the start of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. I’ve worked hard all year to make this race the biggest event it can be, but as of this writing, it may turn out to be the smallest event since I started running this race in 2009. If you are reading this story, please come out to show your support, even if it is just to be there for the 30 minute rally at the end of the race (around 9:30 AM). We’ve had a ...
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One Day at a Time

Feeling Fit – October 31st 2015 I’ve been campaigning as a lung cancer advocate since 2009, when I organized a run/walk to raise awareness during November, which is lung cancer awareness month. That first race was a great success, raising over $50,000 in just one day. This year I will organize my seventh race and hope to raise $70,000 when all is said and done. In the first four years the money raised by the race was used to support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s program to fund lung cancer research by young investigators. In the last three years, we have ...
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60th Birthday Bash

Feeling Fit – October 24, 2015 It’s official. I am now over the age of 60 and racing toward the last and best (I hope) years of my life. Yoko and I spent a very special birthday weekend at my sister’s new home outside of Philadelphia. I want to share with you some of what we did. We left from Ft. Myers on Wednesday evening and arrived in Philadelphia around mid-night. My daughter June, who lives in Hawaii, was waiting at the airport hotel when we arrived! June’s joining the festivities was supposed to be a surprise, but my sister, Jane, let ...
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Doing what’s Right, Not what’s Popular

Feeling Fit – October 17, 2015 I went to a Catholic elementary school and I remember Sister Sylvester telling me that if I wanted to know the difference between right and wrong, all I need do is ask myself if I would do it or say it in front of my mother. Needless to say, she made an impression, and that advice kept me out of trouble for a long time. (It’s a wonder I ever had three children!) As time has gone on I’ve come to see many things in this world that I identify as wrong or immoral. The marketing ...
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Get on Your Marks!

Feeling Fit – October 3, 2015 This is the time of year when I start to get anxious. October 5th will mark the 8th anniversary since I was diagnosed with inoperable Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. This week I get my annual surveillance blood test and CT scan to see if I am still cancer free. I call this annual anxious feeling around scan time “scanxiety.” It is always an unsettling time of year for me. Except for some neuropathy in my feet (an after-effect of platinum-based chemotherapy) I feel fine, but I’ve learned my lesson. I now know that I ...
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God’s Country

Feeling Fit -- September 26, 2015 Yoko and I made a trip to Maine last week to get out of the Florida heat. We’d been planning this trip for a year. Unfortunately, we were too early in the fall season to see the changing leaves, but it was still nice to get away for a long weekend. We "won" this stay in a lakeside cabin in Maine at The Peace River Rotary’s Charity Games’ last September. We'd never been to Maine, so we took the opportunity to be the highest bidder! We flew directly from St. Pete to Bangor and drove a ...
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