If You Have Lungs, You Can Get Lung Cancer: African Americans & Lung Cancer
May 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
MAY 6: Targeted Treatment, Biomarker Testing, Public Policy and Clinical Trials
This workshop will cover the latest advances in biomarker testing, immunotherapy, targeted therapies, clinical trials, and radiation therapy in the transition of lung cancer to a treatable disease. Health equity and improving access to multidisciplinary teams, clinical trials, and advanced treatments will be discussed.
Participants will learn about how physicians utilize biomarker testing to optimize treatment decisions that are improving lung cancer survival through precision medicine. Precision medicine is a model that allows physicians to personalize treatment decisions for each person diagnosed with lung cancer. The personalized approach involves your primary care physician, surgeon, and oncologist working together to identify the best treatment that will more effectively target your specific type of lung cancer. Healthcare professionals will discuss how to improve access to biomarker testing and precision medicine in communities of color.
- To identify the role of biomarker testing in transforming lung cancer into a treatable disease
- To understand how immunotherapy, targeted therapies, minimally invasive surgery, and are improving lung cancer survival and quality of life
- To understand why health inequities exist in cancer treatment and clinical trials
- To describe the process of enrolling in clinical trials
- To understand how clinical trials improve treatment outcomes and quality of life