News & Updates
“It was almost like you have to say, ‘By the way, it wasn’t his fault that he got this disease.’” - Maria Amaral
Lung is the deadliest cancer, accounting for one-quarter of cancer deaths by killing 20,000 Canadians each year — more than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined. But it doesn’t get a run for a cure or a dedicated day when professional athletes wear dedicated colours to raise awareness.
Yet when it comes to Canadian research funding the numbers are flipped. Lung cancer receives about six per cent, while breast cancer gets more than a quarter of dollars raised.
Lung Cancer Canada is celebrating Volunteer Week by thanking Canada’s 12.7 million #volunteers! We've had the pleasure of working with many GREAT volunteers who give up their time to help support lung cancer patients, their families and promote lung cancer awareness. For that we say THANK YOU!!
The Geoffrey Ogram Memorial Research Fund has been established to foster innovative research in lung cancer.
Being a never-smoker, Geoffrey Ogram was shocked to receive a diagnosis of lung cancer in 2010. Despite two years of non-progression, successful surgery and targeted therapy, Geoffrey passed away on Friday April 15th, 2016. Geoffrey was a tireless activist for lung cancer awareness and research.
$54,415.00 raised to date
Immunotherapy Opdivo (nivolumab) has been approved with Exceptional Drug Status in Quebec for the treatment of NSCLC!
Winter may be officially over (finally!) but check out LCC's Lung Cancer Connection Winter 2017 Newsletter!
Today, the pCODR Expert Review Committee (pERC) issued the Final Recommendation for ceritinib (Zykadia) resubmission for NSCLC. pERC recommends reimbursement of ceritinib (Zykadia) monotherapy for patients with ALK positive locally NSCLC.
This is more great news for lung cancer patients! Lung Cancer Canada encourages the pan-Canadian Pricing Alliance (pCPA) to begin negotiations as soon as possible so that patients are not left waiting for much needed therapy.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada Co. (BMS Canada) today announced that Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have agreed to cover the cost of the immuno-oncology treatment OPDIVO® for three different difficult-to-treat tumour types, effective March 20, 2017.
Major Step Forward in Accessing New Life-Extending Medication for Advanced Metastatic Lung, Melanoma and Kidney Cancer Patients.
Canadian lung, melanoma and kidney cancer patients are one step closer to gaining access to immunotherapy after pCPA negotiations have concluded. Provinces and Territories are encouraged to list quickly.
Cancer Care Ontario is introducing a lung cancer screening pilot program for people at high risk in April 2017.