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Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus Officially Re-Established

March 30, 2017 – Today Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) hailed the leadership of Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN) and Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) for their continued commitment to making lung cancer a national health care priority. The pair will again establish and co-chair the bi-partisan Lung Cancer Caucus in the United States House of Representatives.

“We are thrilled to again have an important platform in the new Congress to help raise awareness and educate Members and staff on issues important to our community,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President & CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance. “With so much evolving in early detection and treatment research breakthroughs, coupled with legislative focus on improving health care delivery, today’s formal launch of this Caucus couldn’t be better timed. Thank you Congressman Nolan and Congressman LoBiondo for continuing to be our champions as we move forward in the 115th Congress."  

Congressmen Nolan (D-MN) and LoBiondo (R-NJ) founded and co-chaired the Lung Cancer Caucus in the prior Congress.  

The Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus will continue educating members of Congress on a variety of lung cancer issues ranging from developments in patient access to high quality care to supportive services aimed at improving overall survivorship.

“Lung cancer is a terrible disease that has affected so many families, including my own,” Nolan said. “I am proud to stand with my colleagues in taking this important step toward improving understanding of lung cancer and eradicating the stigma that surrounds it.”

"Lung cancer is a devastating disease that impacts millions of individuals and their families each year. This issue is deeply personal to me and my wife Tina, who lost both of her parents to the disease. Working together with my colleagues, we seek to bring greater attention and support at large for more research and better treatments of lung cancer," LoBiondo said.

The Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus recently held “The State of Lung Cancer Today,” the first in a series of briefings on Capitol Hill. Panelists, William R. Mayfield, M.D. (WellStar Health System and LCA Medical and Professional Advisory Board) and Julie Renee Brahmer, M.D. (Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy), provided information about current efforts to implement lung cancer screening in our communities and the unprecedented scientific breakthroughs underway that are targeting cancers better and engaging our own immune system to fight this disease.  These combined efforts are helping to increase survival rates and bring improvements to quality of life to the tens of millions impacted by lung cancer.