Every hour, we watch a patient die from lung cancer

Enough is enough.

Every hour, we watch a patient die from lung cancer. This disease takes more lives than any other cancer, yet it receives the least funding. 

Stigma is a stumbling block to research, treatment, and support. There are too few clinical nurse specialists to give the care patients desperately need. Less than half of all lung cancer patients have access to a multidisciplinary team for treatment, despite evidence it improves outcomes. 

We’re asking for your support. When we’re free from stigma, we will have more funding, access to treatment and compassion. Let’s help improve lives.

To understand the true impact of lung cancer stigma please download our report.

 

 
 
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We need more support

We’re frustrated with the lack of support for lung cancer patients.

Lung cancer is often diagnosed late, and one in five patients receive no treatment at all. Despite advances, almost one third of patients are never staged, meaning they may never start on the most appropriate treatments for them.

When we’re free from stigma we will have greater investment in specialist nurses to improve care pathways, and lung cancer patients will have the support they deserve. 

 

 
 
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We need more research

We’re frustrated with the lack of funding for lung cancer research.

Stigma is stifling our ability to find a cure. Lung cancer is Australia’s biggest cancer killer, yet it receives a fraction of cancer research funding. Investment in research can change lives.

When we’re free from stigma, the funding for lung cancer research will match its burden of disease.

 

 
 
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We need improved access to treatment

We’re frustrated with the lack of fair access to treatment. 

Stigma means patients are often reluctant to seek help and to get the treatment they need. 

Even when they do reach out, they are faced with inadequate referrals to treatment. For those in regional and rural areas – the challenges are amplified.

When we’re free from stigma, lung cancer patients will have access to the treatment and care they deserve.

 
 

Help Lung Foundation Australia end lung cancer stigma