It’s among the deadliest forms of cancers, claiming the lives of nearly 160,000 adults in the United States each year. Lung cancer has the stigma of being a smoker’s disease, which is far from the truth.
“We know that 15% of patients who develop lung are non-smokers and have never been exposed to any other known exposures. So why is this happening? Why are we seeing 15% of the population?” questioned Caryn Vadseth, a thoracic nurse navigator at the Fox Chase Cancer Center on Cottman Avenue.
Vadseth has treated countless numbers of cancer patients, including her late father. In honor of his passing, Vadseth made it a mission to spread lung cancer awareness, starting at
Fox Chase but also through a team of supporters known as “Herk’s Heroes,” named for her father.
“I formed the team in honor of him but then also for all of my patients I work with here at Fox Chase,” Vadseth said.
Through the National Lung Cancer Partnership, advocates in the surrounding tri-state area have been able to join forces in order to gain more awareness and make a positive difference for friends and family members of those who either patients, survivors or simply supporters.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
For more information, visit the National Lung Cancer Partnership website.