World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day is a chance to celebrate the progress and improvements that cancer research has made. Pre-pandemic, there was a lot to celebrate in the world of lung cancer with new research spending highs, more life-lengthening treatments and the roll out of lung health checks taking us a step closer to a national lung cancer screening programme.
Then Covid hit. Fewer people are being diagnosed, allowing symptoms to worsen, the disease to spread and the opportunity for curative treatment fade. So, if ever there was a year where we needed to shine the spotlight on cancer, it is this year.
This World Cancer Day, we’re reminding everyone that lung cancer is still here. We’re urging those with symptoms to go to their doctor. We’re supporting those through diagnosis and treatment and we’re funding research into early detection to save more lives.
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What your support means
Calls to our helpline increased over 90% in 2020 and people living with lung cancer and their loved ones desperately sought help, advice and information about symptoms, shielding, diagnosis and treatments. Many people were isolating on their own and had limited contact with others, so we set up our Keep in Touch support service to make sure people had the provisions they needed, including food and medicines, as well as a friendly voice to speak to.
We’ve also run live chat sessions on our forum, answering users questions and alleviating their anxieties, provided the latest information about Covid-19 as well as lung cancer specific information and offered financial relief through our patient grant scheme.
I have inoperable and incurable lung cancer. I am at high risk and have been isolating since February 2020. Jessica phones me every Monday and I really look forward to our chats. If I ask any questions, she finds out the answers.Roddy, living with lung cancer
I just want to say thank you so much for the kind grant. This will really help me towards travelling back and forward to Dundee for treatment, and maybe a few other things. This grant is really appreciated.Margaret, living with lung cancer
Lung cancer is still here
We also continue to raise vital awareness of lung cancer and its symptoms, urging and reassuring people with symptoms to go to their doctor. Last year, we brought forward and extended our annual lung cancer awareness campaign in response to the impact of Covid on lung cancer. We continue to share these key messages, focusing on improving people’s awareness and understanding of symptoms and encouraging them to get checked.