Letter: Those with lung cancer and their loved ones have support

We don’t hear much about lung cancer; I think that’s true, sadly, because it doesn’t leave many survivors like breast or prostate cancers do. Lung cancer is perhaps the worst you can hear from your doctor. It’s devastating. I know, because I lost a family member to lung cancer and just heard the diagnosis of another.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. The American Lung Association in Alaska wants Alaskans to know lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer and the second most diagnosed cancer for both men and women.

We also want you to know that you don’t need to face lung cancer alone. The ALA launches a new online resource at www.MyLungCancerSupport.org on November 8th that will guide and support those with lung cancer and their loved ones during every stage of their disease.

We invite you to join us for a free “Frankly Speaking About Lung Cancer” workshop on Monday, Nov. 26th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cancer Center at Providence, Room 2285, where we’ll hear from doctors and patients/survivors.

— Marge Stoneking

interim Alaska director

American Lung Association