October 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:

Coming soon … A Breath of Hope 2020 research awards!

Researchers – mark your calendars! On November 1, A Breath of Hope will open the Fall 2019 Request for Letters of Intent for 2020 grant funding. The November E-Newsletter will include a link to the online form. The deadline for submitting letters of intent is December 13, 2019. 20 successful applicants will be notified in January and invited to submit a full proposal. Each grant is $150,000. A Breath of Hope priorities include improved early detection methods and translational research that leads to improved lung cancer therapies.


MN Lung Cancer Screening Task Force Meeting

The 2019 screening task force meeting hosted by A Breath of Hope and its partners at ACS MN marked another step forward in Minnesota’s collaborative work to reduce lung cancer mortalities through improved screening programs and increased use of low dose CT scans.

More than 70 healthcare professionals representing 28 organizations gathered September 27th to discuss strategies for overcoming the many barriers to screening. Jamie Studts, PhD gave the keynote presentation and reflected on unhelpful attitudes and approaches often used to reach the community that is currently eligible for screening. As principle investigator of the successful KY LEADS program, Dr. Studts’ talk was well-received and generated excellent discussions about next steps for Minnesota’s lung cancer screening programs. Key takeaways: Remove the stigma, build trust, not shame, and don’t believe that they will simply come if you build a program, aka the “Field of Dreams Fallacy.”

Breakout session topics included:

  • Change management to improve identification and invitation of patients who are eligible to receive annual low dose CT scans. Led by Martha Kearns, MD and Sharri Lacher, CNS with Sanford Health, and Andrew Burgdorf, MD with Allina Health;
  • Program management to improve program quality and metrics. Led by Angela Fabbrini, VA Screening Program Director and Karla Provost, Essentia Health Screening Program Director; and
  • Evaluation and management of nodules and incidental findings. Led by Abbie Begnaud, MD with U of MN and Anuja Sharma, MD with Allina Health.

This wonderful day of collaboration ended with one representative from each healthcare organization up front to answer questions and lead discussions about next steps in the ongoing work to improve lung cancer outcomes.


A Breath of Hope Around the World

Exhibit table photoA Breath of Hope continues to educate lung cancer patients with the intention of improving the patient’s ability to understand their diagnosis and participate in decisions about their care. Studies show that patients with higher levels of health literacy have better health outcomes. More than 120,000 people have visited our online patient education resource – the Animated Patient’s Guide to Lung Cancer in English. With the recent launch of the Animated Patient’s Guide to Lung Cancer in Spanish, A Breath of Hope was invited to exhibit at the IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer held in Spain and the upcoming IASLC Latin America Conference on Lung Cancer in Mexico City. This meeting in Mexico is the largest gathering of clinicians, researchers and scientists in the field of lung cancer and thoracic oncology, and an important opportunity for A Breath of Hope to introduce this robust new patient resource to physicians and nurses in the lung cancer field.

Another educational opportunity for people living with lung cancer and their caregivers is the 2019 Midwest Lung Cancer Summit (for Patients and Caregivers) to be held at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott Hotel Saturday, November 2. Please contact us if the $50 registration fee is difficult for you. Scholarships are available to patients.


Save the Date Reminders

Check out our event page to register for upcoming events, including our Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) events:


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