New Tool Launching to Better Inform Patients About Lung Cancer

November 03, 2017 08:22 PM

Each year, roughly 2,500 Minnesotans die from lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

A new online resource is launching next month to help better educate people diagnosed with the disease. 


A Breath of Hope Lung Cancer Foundation plans to launch an online animated patient education website on Nov. 5, in conjunction with its first major fundraising gala. The group wants to make sure people who are diagnosed with lung cancer, along with their families and caregivers, have the tools they need to better understand the disease and how it can be treated. 

The website will feature animations, slideshows, interviews with top doctors and patients sharing their experiences of being diagnosed.

A Breath of Hope hopes to educate people more about lung cancer, which doctors say kills more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. The group also wants to help end the stigma that lung cancer is a "smoker's disease". Doctors say half of the patients diagnosed with lung cancer each year have either never smoked in their life or have long quit smoking. Roughly 30,000 to 40,000 "never smokers" die of lung cancer each year.

A Breath of Hope says the website is a first of its kind tool. It was made possible with a $200,000 grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.



Amanda Theisen

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