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Taking on lung cancer is worth the fight

A lung cancer diagnosis does not have to mean giving up.

May 6, 2020

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Why we fight

Why we fight

“After being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 2013, I was told I only had a year to live. I just wanted quality time to enjoy the things I loved, instead of spending it in the hospital. Fortunately, a good friend reminded me that I have a lot to live for. I decided to fight back against my lung cancer and talked to my oncologist about treatment options. Seven years, one wedding and three grandchildren later – my cancer has returned. But it’s never been clearer that it’s worth the fight.”

Advanced lung cancer patient

How to fight

Finding out you have advanced lung cancer is stressful and it can be hard to absorb all of the information shared. Conversations with your healthcare team can feel like a blur.

A new survey showed that 9 out of 10 healthcare professionals (87%) felt it was easy for patients to ask questions when in the office. However, approximately 6 out of 10 people with advanced lung cancer (56%) reported they did not know what questions to ask.

Take an active role in your healthcare by:

  • Learning about your cancer online or in the library
  • Asking for a second opinion
  • Joining a cancer support group or speaking to others who have been through a similar experience
good communication

Here are three helpful tips:


Jot down a list of questions to ask your doctor or use the downloadable discussion guide below before appointments.


Don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re unsure or don’t understand something your doctor or nurse says.


Bring someone for support. They can listen and take notes when you speak with your healthcare team.

Dr. Jacob Sands

“When my patients are first diagnosed, they are often overwhelmed, unsure of the right questions to ask, and sometimes have a hard time processing new information. It is critically important for people with advanced lung cancer to have informed discussions with their healthcare team at the time of diagnosis so that they can understand all of the treatment options available to them.”

Dr. Jacob Sands
Thoracic Medical Oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Worth the fight

Partners in the fight

Worth the Fight: Taking on Lung Cancer is a collaboration between Merck and GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.

If you are looking for additional support and information about lung cancer, visit GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer’s website.

GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer is the result of a 2019 merger between two nonprofit organizations serving the lung cancer community, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) and Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA). Founded by patients and survivors, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, transforms survivorship as the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving, extending, and improving the lives of those vulnerable, at risk, and diagnosed with lung cancer.