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Hope Summit To Unite Lung Cancer Survivors


A lung-cancer diagnosis can be isolating. Support groups, organized advocacy and research dollars are hard to come by compared with other common cancers. There’s the problem of perception: Shame and blame can stand in the way of support and progress. And there’s the sad truth that many die of the disease, leaving the pool of long-term survivors relatively small. A first-of-its-kind regional Hope Summit in Columbus this weekend, followed by a 5K Breathe Deep walk on Sunday, aims to educate, support and unite lung-cancer survivors. The nonprofit group LUNGevity hosted three successful national summits in Washington, D.C., before deciding to start smaller gatherings in locations throughout the country. “It’s good to see that lung cancer is getting more attention,” said Dr. Erin Bertino, an oncologist who specializes in lung cancer at Ohio State University’s Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. “It’s one of those diseases nobody talks about. There’s not a lot of advocacy, and the voices sort of get lost.”

Columbus Dispatch