Posts Tagged ‘Bonnie J. Addario’

Genomics of Young Lung Cancer and INHERIT Studies Accepted for Presentation at ASCO

Posted: May 13, 2015 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Genomics of Young Lung Cancer and INHERIT Studies Accepted for Presentation at ASCO

Two Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute research studies funded in part by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation chosen for presentation at the May/June 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting

San Carlos, Calif. (May 13, 2015) – The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is pleased to congratulate the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) on the acceptance of two abstracts for presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in May 2015. ALCMI investigators will present study information and results from the Genomics of Young Lung Cancer and INHERIT EGFR studies.

“We are very proud to have provided the seed grant to make these studies possible and to continue to support ALCMI in advancing life-saving innovations for lung cancer patients,” said Bonnie J. Addario, stage 3B lung cancer survivor and founder of both ALCF and ALCMI.

The Genomics of Young Lung Cancer study is a first-of-its-kind study to understand why lung cancer occurs in young adults, who are usually quite healthy and never smokers, and to identify lung cancer gene mutations that may help impact their treatment. Researcher’s evolving understanding of the disease and new molecular tools suggest that young age may be an under-appreciated clinical marker of new genetic subtypes. Launched in 2014, an important goal for this research study is to reveal new lung cancer sub-types requiring distinct treatment strategies.
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Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Awarded for Excellence in Lung Cancer Care

Posted: Mar 25, 2015 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Awarded for Excellence in Lung Cancer Care

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Honors Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee with Community Hospital Center of Excellence Award

SAN CARLOS, Calif. and TRUCKEE, Calif. (March 25, 2015) –Today the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) awarded Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center of Truckee, California, the official designation as a Community Hospital Center of Excellence. The ALCF Centers of Excellence award recognizes community hospitals for their individualized care and treatment of lung cancer patients.

“It’s critical to raise the bar on the standard of care for lung cancer patients,” said Bonnie J. Addario, a stage 3B survivor and founder of the ALCF. “Right now 80 percent of all cancer patients are treated at a community hospital, which is why we have implemented our multi-disciplinary, patient-centric Centers of Excellence Program to increase patient survival rates.”
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Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Honors Novartis for its Contributions to Lung Cancer Research and Development

Posted: Nov 10, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Honors Novartis for its Contributions to Lung Cancer Research and Development

Novartis to receive the “Simply the Best” award at the ALCF Gala on November 8

San Carlos, Calif. (November 8, 2014)– The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) will honor Novartis today for its dedication and recent breakthroughs in lung cancer research and development. Novartis will receive the “Simply the Best” award at the ALCF’s Annual Gala taking place in San Francisco.

“Lung cancer is the top cancer killer worldwide and patients’ five-year survival rate remains stagnant at 16 percent,” said Bonnie J. Addario, founder of the ALCF and a stage 3B lung cancer survivor. “Research and development is essential to change the survival rate and we are excited about Novartis’ medical advancements – it’s a big step forward for people with lung cancer.”

In April, Novartis received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) early approval for an ALK inhibitor following the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation. Novartis recently expanded its efforts in the field of immunotherapy, specifically for non-small cell lung cancer. In October, the company announced a clinical collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) to study several of Novartis’ molecularly targeted compounds in combination with an immunotherapy agent from BMS. All are steps to help patients in their fight against lung cancer through the development of medicines that can help target the deadly disease with an individualized approach.
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Lung Cancer Study Underway at Memorial Cancer Institute

Posted: Nov 10, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Lung Cancer Study Underway at Memorial Cancer Institute

News Headline: Lung Cancer Study Underway at Memorial Cancer Institute
Date: 11/6/14
Outlet Full Name: Hollywood Gazette
Author: Caren Conway
http://hollywoodgazette.com/FL/

(Follow the link above and see page 24)

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Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Releases New Public Service Announcement Featuring Penny Marshall

Posted: Apr 7, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Releases New Public Service Announcement Featuring Penny Marshall

PSA is third in a series of lung cancer awareness messages featuring celebrities

San Carlos, Calif. (April 7, 2014) – The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) today released the third in a series of Public Service Announcements featuring well-known celebrities to raise awareness for the nation’s number one cancer killer. Film director and actress Penny Marshall, who is a lung cancer survivor, is featured in the new 30-second PSA.

“There are so many people who are not aware that lung cancer takes more lives every year than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. The sad reality is that anyone can get lung cancer,” said Bonnie J. Addario, stage 3B lung cancer survivor and founder of the ALCF. “As a lung cancer survivor myself, I applaud Penny for helping us to raise awareness and educate patients so they can live longer.”

Marshall is known for her acting as well as directing careers, having starred in the 1970s and 80s sitcom Laverne & Shirley and later going on to direct successful movies such as A League of Their Own and Big.
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Hank Baskett III Named an Official Spokesperson for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Posted: Mar 31, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Hank Baskett III Named an Official Spokesperson for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Former NFL wide receiver, whose father is a lung cancer survivor, joins the fight to beat lung cancer

San Carlos, Calif. (March 31, 2014) – Former NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett III will now tackle the nation’s top cancer killer. The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) today named Baskett an ALCF official spokesperson to help raise awareness and much-needed research funding for lung cancer, the nation’s number one cancer killer, taking nearly 160,000 American lives every year.

“I’ve known the Foundation for years now and I see the great work they’re doing for lung cancer patients everywhere,” said Hank Baskett III, who played five years in the NFL. “If it wasn’t for them my dad would most likely not be here today. I’m joining them in their fight to beat lung cancer for all patients.”

Baskett and his father, Hank Jr., appear in a new 30-second Public Service Announcement, aptly titled “The Big Hug,” to raise awareness for lung cancer and funding for the ALCF. The PSA was shot at Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona during the Your Next Step is the Cure 5k on Feb. 9, 2014, which is part of the ALCF’s nationwide walk/run fundraising series.

“There are so many people who are not aware that lung cancer takes more lives every year than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. So, together with Hank, we want to raise awareness and educate patients so they can live longer,” said Bonnie J. Addario, stage 3B lung cancer survivor and founder of the ALCF. “I’m thrilled to have Hank as one of our spokespeople because he knows what it’s like when a loved one is diagnosed with lung cancer and he’s passionate about making a difference.”

Baskett’s relationship with the ALCF dates back to 2011 when he met Bonnie Addario at a fundraiser for lung cancer in Los Angeles. Baskett’s father had been recently diagnosed with lung cancer and was struggling with treatment and side effects. As a stage 3B lung cancer survivor and through her expertise, Bonnie knew Mr. Baskett’s response to treatment was not optimal and she was relentless in making sure he got a second opinion. Bonnie referred him to a doctor in Colorado, knowing that Mr. Baskett might be a candidate for a targeted drug. Dr. Ross Camidge ran a molecular test on Mr. Baskett and determined a personalized treatment regime for him. The personalized treatment showed positive results almost immediately. Mr. Baskett has had no signs of lung cancer ever since. April will be the three-year anniversary of his diagnosis.

As an official spokesperson for the ALCF, Baskett’s duties will include appearances at several of the Foundation’s 5k charity runs and the annual gala held in November in San Francisco. Baskett, who appears with his wife Kendra Wilkinson on the reality show “Kendra on Top,” played five seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles. Baskett is also a spokesperson for the Griffin Gives Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting active and retired military, those affected by debilitating disease, and the health and wellness of children.

About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, education, early detection, genetic testing, drug discovery and patient-focused outcomes. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $10 million for lung cancer research. To learn more, please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org.

About the Griffin Gives Foundation

The Griffin Gives Foundation is a philanthropic, not for profit 501(c )(3) foundation dedicated to supporting active and retired military, those affected by debilitating disease and the health and wellness of children. We thrive to make a difference in the lives of others. Our commitment is genuine. Since its inception, The Griffin Gives Foundation has been dedicated to supporting organizations who share this commitment. At its core, the foundation aims to provide support for all ages and in all areas. To learn more, please visit www.griffingives.org.

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Memorial Cancer Institute Partners with Addario Foundation to Improve Standard of Care for Lung Cancer Patients

Posted: Mar 24, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Memorial Cancer Institute Partners with Addario Foundation to Improve Standard of Care for Lung Cancer Patients

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation designates Memorial Cancer Institute of Hollywood, Florida, as a 360 Community Hospital Center of Excellence

SAN CARLOS, Calif. and HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (March 24, 2014) –The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) announced today the addition of Memorial Cancer Institute (MCI) of Hollywood, Florida, a part of Memorial Healthcare Systems, to its 360 Community Hospital Centers of Excellence Program, which aims to improve individualized standard of care for lung cancer patients in the community hospital setting.

The Memorial Cancer Institute in Hollywood, Florida is the first community hospital in the nation selected to the program, after the Foundation’s successful pilot program at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California concluded last year.

“Through this program, we are creating lung cancer-specific centers of excellence in the community hospital setting,” said Bonnie J. Addario, a stage 3B survivor and founder of the ALCF. “We are thrilled to have Memorial Cancer Institute joins us to implement this new multi-disciplinary, patient-centric approach to standard of care. They receive our formal seal of excellence, signifying that no lung cancer patient is left behind.”

The designation means MCI reflects the Addario Foundation’s standards of care of providing an individualized approach to care, giving lung cancer patients access to the newest and most effective diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for their specific needs.

“This national and international designation recognizes our Lung Cancer Program for its outstanding clinical care, clinical research, quality outcomes, and survivorship program, all of which benefit our patients and their families.” said Luis Raez, MD, FACP, FCCP, MACSG, Medical Director, Memorial Cancer Institute. “We are honored to receive this designation.”

Because 80 percent of all cancer patients are seen in community hospitals, it’s critical to enhance the standard of care for lung cancer patients and, ultimately, improve survivability. The program is rigid in its standard of treatment and process, focusing on early detection, diagnosis, treatment and treatment monitoring, and patient follow up. The hallmark of the program’s standard of care is ensuring all patients receive molecular testing, which uses DNA, RNA and proteins to test for specific states of disease. In lung cancer, molecular testing is used to determine potential patient response to targeted therapy.

Preliminary metrics and data from the 2013 pilot program have shown that patient outcomes improved dramatically during the first year of the pilot stage.

  • 100 percent of patients in the pilot program received molecular testing
  • Diagnosis to treatment time improved 77 percent, from an average of 45 days down to 10 days
  • 62 percent of patients in program underwent tumor board review
  • Patient satisfaction was recorded as across the board: 100 percent
  • 26 percent of patients treated were diagnosed at stage 2B or lower

While the understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer has improved, there is additional work to be done. In 2014 alone, more than 228,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S., and the American Cancer Society estimates nearly 160,000 Americans will die of the disease.

  • Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined and it accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths. It is the second leading cause of all deaths in the U.S.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in every ethnic group and since 1987 has killed more women every year than breast cancer.
  • The five-year survival rate for lung cancer has changed little in nearly 40 years – from 12 percent in 1970 to 16 percent today.
  • This staggering loss of life has gone unnoticed too long, and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is on a mission to change that.
  • The ALCF funds clinical research that leads to life-saving discoveries and treatments and provides critical support services and educational programs to empower patients and create hope.

“The Foundation is powering progress through ground-up initiatives, educating patients to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change,” Addario said. “The ALCF is empowering patients to take a seat at the table wherever discussions are being made about their care. We are committed to improving the standard of care and believe that chronically managed lung cancer using molecular testing to determine personalized therapies is the future of lung cancer treatment and the pathway to increasing the survival rate.”

About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. The ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $10 million for lung cancer research.

About the Memorial Cancer Institute in Hollywood, Florida

Memorial Cancer Institute’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer care means that patients have a whole team of cancer specialists on their side. From highly trained physicians to skilled and compassionate nurses, therapists, technicians, social workers and support staff, each member of the team is a highly trained specialist in his or her field. Memorial Cancer Institute has locations at Memorial Regional Hospital and Memorial Hospital West, as well as Aventura. For more information, visit memorialcancerinstitute.com.

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Former NFL Stars Team Up to Beat Lung Cancer at the 8th Annual Lung Cancer: Drive it off the Earth Charity Golf Tournament

Posted: Jun 5, 2013 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments


Last year’s tournament, hosted by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, raised $145,000 for lung cancer research

SAN CARLOS, Calif., (June 5, 2013)– Former NFL stars Hank Baskett and Chris Draft are joining hundreds of lung cancer supporters at the 8th Annual “Lung Cancer: Drive It Off the Earth” Golf Tournament hosted by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (LCF). The LCF invites you to be part of this event and help surpass last year’s fundraising goals. The tournament will take place on Monday, June 10, 2013 at Green Hills Country Club in Millbrae, Calif.

“Lung cancer affects everyone regardless of their social status, age, race or gender,” said Bonnie J. Addario, stage 3B lung cancer survivor and Founder of the LCF. “In the last 45 years, 50 million people worldwide have died from lung cancer and we can’t just sit back and let this continue. This tournament will raise much-needed awareness and funds for medical treatments and studies for lung cancer patients everywhere.”
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The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Presents The Living Room

Posted: Apr 15, 2013 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

April program is patient-focused, titled “Sharing My Personal Journey”

SAN CARLOS, Calif., April 15, 2013 — The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation invites you to join The Living Room, a lively and interactive online support group for those who are directly and indirectly affected by lung cancer. The April Living Room will feature a patient-focused program, titled “Sharing My Personal Journey.” There’s no guest speaker this month, just stories and experiences from patients and family who can offer hope to others.

“When patients have questions about lung cancer, when they have something they want to talk about, when they need advice from someone who has been there before or from experts who can help, patients don’t have to go far,” said Bonnie J. Addario, founder of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. “They just have to go to The Living Room.”

WHERE: Visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-lung-cancer-living-room-support-group

WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (PST)

The Living Room is the nation’s premier online lung cancer support group for lung cancer patients and their families, offering expert opinion and advice not found anywhere else. Participants listen and interact with leading experts and leaders in the field of lung cancer treatment and research. The Living Room takes place the third Tuesday of every month and is live-streamed online.

Hardcopies of the Patient Education Handbook, “Navigating Lung Cancer, 360 degrees of HOPE” will be given to all patients participating in person and patients online can request the handbook at: handbook@lungcancerfoundation.org.

Foundation staff monitors the chat room on the live-stream page and forwards questions and comments to support group participants throughout the entire two-hour program. Archived video of the program will be available on the Foundation’s Vimeo page by the second week of May. The program will also air once weekly on Peninsula TV Channel 26.

And join us next month, on May 21, for a special evening with Paul R. Billings MD, PhD, who will talk about the latest developments with molecular profiling and next generation sequencing.

About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, education, early detection, genetic testing, drug discovery and patient-focused outcomes. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. BJALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $10 million for lung cancer research. To learn more, please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org.