WASHINGTON, September 2015
– LUNGevity Foundation and global biopharmaceutical company Celgene Corporation are uniting to roll out a new helpful resource for an underserved group – caregivers for people diagnosed with lung cancer. Because caregivers often neglect their own needs and well-being, LUNGevity and Celgene collaborated to develop “Your Journey Together,” a critical caregiving support program focused on the specific needs of lung cancer caregivers.
The joint effort enhances the online LUNGevity Caregiver Resource Center. A series of videos, tip sheets and other resources provide ways caregivers can best transition into their new roles, take care of themselves and connect with others on the same challenging journey. In addition, a monthly live tweet conversation at #LCCaregiver will be open to caregivers across the nation for a Q&A.
“Celgene is truly pleased to be working alongside LUNGevity to provide tools and resources for caregivers -- a critical and essential member of a lung cancer survivor’s health care team,” said Joel Beetsch, Vice President, Patient Advocacy at Celgene. “It is our hope that these resources provide important insights for the caregiver and the patient as they ‘Journey Together’ in the fight against lung cancer.”
“The ‘Your Journey Together’ program is a great addition to the online Caregiver Resource Center,” said Andrea Ferris, president of LUNGevity Foundation. “At LUNGevity, we are focused on supporting anyone affected by lung cancer, both survivors and the friends and family members who serve as their rock through a diagnosis and treatment. We’re grateful to work with Celgene on addressing this unmet need in the lung cancer community.”
The Caregiver Resource Center and new “Your Journey Together” materials can be found at www.LUNGevity.org/caregiver
To learn about LUNGevity Foundation, please visit www.LUNGevity.org
About Lung Cancer
· 1 in 15 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime
· More than 224,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year
· About 60% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers
· Lung cancer kills more people than the next three leading cancers (colorectal, breast, and pancreatic) combined
· Only 17% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or more, BUT if it’s caught before it spreads, the chance for 5-year survival improves dramatically