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If you are new to your lung cancer diagnosis, or want to gain a better understanding of the available treatment options and advancements in care, these specially designed sessions are for you.

You won’t want to miss Friday’s Community Partner Expo! Join us in our virtual exhibit hall to connect and interact with nearly 30 exhibitors to learn about their organizations’ services and offerings. Explore at your leisure, "pick up" downloadable materials on topics of interest, and come back as often as you like. For a list of partners, please see the Exhibitors page.

Chemo 101

Chemotherapy remains a vitally important treatment option for many diagnosed with lung cancer. Learn why chemotherapy is right for many patients, even among, or in conjunction with, newer types of drug treatment.                    

Radiation 101

Most patients will experience radiation therapy at some time during their treatment. Find out why radiation therapy is safer and more effective than ever before, and why it remains an important option among lung cancer treatments.

Surgery 101

Patients with early-stage lung cancer may have surgery as a treatment option. There are a variety of types of surgery for lung cancer, each with its own goals. If you are eligible for surgery, you will learn what to expect before and after the procedure.

Immunotherapy (I/O) - Which I/O is right for me?           

There is a lot of buzz around immunotherapy, but how much do you actually know about it? Learn about how the immune system works, how treatments to boost your immune system can help fight lung cancer, and whether immunotherapy might be a good option for you.              

Small Cell - Current Landscape

Promising new treatments are emerging for patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC), in addition to existing approaches. Experts will explain how to manage the side effects associated with these treatments and whether participating in a clinical trial might be right for you.                       

What You Need to Know about Precision Medicine

Precision medicine approaches have dramatically increased treatment options and improved outcomes for many patients with lung cancer. What is new in precision medicine for lung cancer, and what could it mean for your treatment plan?

For Caregivers:

Creating Your Caregiving Plan

A Caregiving Plan can help you line up outside help for when you need it, avoid schedule conflicts, improve communication, and reduce caregiver stress and overload. Learn how to create your own plan and make it work for you and your family.

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Learn about ways you can take care of yourself to avoid caregiver burnout and be there for your loved one.

Young Adults with a Parent who has Lung Cancer

Having a parent with lung cancer presents unique challenges for young adults who are in a critical stage of development – determining life plans, finishing education, establishing relationships, and building a family. Join us to learn about resources and tips to help you navigate these challenges and to connect with other young adults who have a parent with lung cancer.

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Saturday begins with an inspirational and hope-filled session with our Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Carbone, a highly recognized medical oncologist and researcher working on cutting-edge treatments for patients with lung cancer.

The rest of this informative day offers the opportunity to interact with world-renowned lung cancer experts, and lung cancer patients and caregivers from around the world, to meet, learn, and forge new relationships.

Through the sessions, a networking lounge, and special interest breakout groups, you can meet other people with a similar diagnosis and build your personal network.


Dr. David Carbone, LUNGevity Scientific Advisory Board member, Director of the James Thoracic Oncology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center, and cancer survivor will share his insights on lung cancer research and care as well as his personal story of hope as a fellow cancer survivor.

Ask the Experts Panel

One of the ILCSC’s most popular sessions! During this panel, you can have your lung cancer questions answered directly by members of LUNGevity’s Scientific Advisory Board and key experts in the field. Questions will be collected in advance of the session.

Navigating Lung Cancer Care in the VA

The Veterans Affairs healthcare system diagnoses 7,700 veterans with lung cancer each year. Oncologists and nurses who work at VA sites will share how to navigate, and ideally maximize, opportunities for treatment and disease management.

Ask the Expert Breakouts with Key Opinion Leaders

As a follow-up to the morning Ask the Experts session, join special breakout meetings with experts in your specific type of lung cancer. Sessions will be held with experts on the following treatments and types of lung cancer: immunotherapy, radiation therapy, ALK, EGFR, new mutations (BRAF, MET, RET), KRAS, ROS1, squamous cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, and non-mutation-specific lung cancer.

Navigating Optimal Lung Cancer Care in a Community Oncology Setting

More than 80% of cancer patients receive their care at community cancer centers. Hear from community oncologists and nurses about how to access optimal treatment for the best outcome.

Lung Cancer and COVID-19 in the African American Community

Both lung cancer and COVID-19 disproportionately impact the African American community. Learn why from community health experts, who will discuss the issues most relevant to the African American community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fireside Chat with Long-term Lung Cancer Survivors

Thanks to advances in scientific research, many people with lung cancer are living longer and better than ever before. Join this session to hear from and interact with five survivors who have collectively been living with lung cancer for over 42 years.

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Sunday is dedicated to learning how to live well with lung cancer. You will learn techniques to deal with anxiety and depression, manage sexual dysfunction and discover therapies that can help with supportive care.

Tireless lung cancer advocate and former NFL player, Chris Draft, will help us wrap up this information-filled, inspirational conference.

Living in Limbo – Dealing with Uncertainty, Anxiety, and Depression

Living with lung cancer means constantly balancing clinical needs with mental health needs, while  striving to maintain a positive state of mind. In this session, you will hear from a psychologist, a spiritual counselor, and two survivors who have experienced the challenges of living in limbo with lung cancer.

Hope versus Hype in Lung Cancer Care

The science and breakthroughs impacting people with lung cancer today are real. But how do you know if something on the horizon is truly possible vs a theory with no scientific basis? Hear from clinical experts on the real progress we have to look forward to, and how to detect hyped, unsubstantiated updates.

Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

Last year’s most talked about session is updated with experts on sexual intimacy issues, drugs for anxiety and pain relief, and music as a therapeutic and mental health escape for people with lung cancer. You won’t want to miss this lively, unexpected discussion.

Ask the Experts – Lung Cancer and COVID-19

The lung cancer community is particularly vulnerable during the current pandemic, and navigating sheltering-at-home and state re-openings is confusing and stressful. We’ve brought together lung cancer experts to discuss how to access uninterrupted care for your lung cancer in the era of COVID-19.

Supportive Care

Preventing or treating the symptoms of a disease or the side effects caused by treatment and addressing the psychological and social issues is the goal of supportive care.  Learn how supportive care can lead to better quality of life for patient and caregivers, reductions in hospitalizations and readmissions, and, for many, faster recovery and longer survival rates.

Advocacy 101

Chris Draft is an internationally recognized speaker, community leader, and family and character advocate.  He serves as an NFL Ambassador and a national spokesperson on many health-related issues, including the care and treatment of asthma, from which he suffers, and lung cancer, the disease that claimed the life of his wife, Keasha, in 2011. Chris will speak on the importance of advocacy and share tips on how to get started.

For Caregivers:

Balancing Work & Caregiving

Caring for a loved one while working outside the home can be especially challenging. Get tips and learn about resources that help you balance work and caregiving.

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