Lung cancer patients like Kim deserve the chance to become cancer survivors.

Access to new treatments must be faster to give patients a fighting chance.

The Facts

Despite being the number one cancer killer in Canada, outcomes in lung cancer lag behind other cancers.

  • Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada. It kills more than 21,000 Canadians every year — more people than colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
  • Lung cancer is in fact many diseases, requiring different treatment approaches and therapeutic options.
  • Scientific advancements are transforming the treatment of lung cancer. The development of immuno-oncology and targeted treatments offer new weapons in the battle against lung cancer.
  • It can take 18-24 months for a life changing treatment option to be publicly reimbursed.
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Meet Kim.

My name is Kim and I am a mother to two loving girls, a former psychiatric nurse and now, a lung cancer fighter. In February 2017 I was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer at just 49-years-old. Prior to my diagnosis I had been living with a persistent cough for about a year and a half. Eventually I began to worry that I was developing pneumonia, so I reached out to my family doctor for a chest x-ray. This is where my lung cancer was discovered.

I am so thankful for the fantastic doctors I have been given here in Ottawa. After discovering my lung cancer, I was given a biopsy which revealed an EGFR biomarker mutation which meant my lung cancer journey would be a bit different than others. Because of some fantastic patient and caregiver groups across North America, I have gained incredible knowledge about my own lung cancer diagnosis which has allowed me to be my own advocate.

To put it bluntly, I would not be standing here today without innovative therapies or lung cancer research. Since my diagnosis, there have been great advances made in lung cancer research and survivorship. Lung cancer patients are living longer and are getting stronger because of innovative therapies. It is my hope that my story can help inspire others to advocate for innovative therapies – because this pivotal research saves lives. I know, because it has saved mine. Together, we can change statistics.

Real survivor stories.

Receiving devastating news such as a cancer diagnosis about you or a loved one can be very isolating. However, it is important to know that you are not alone and others have been down this path. People across Canada have shared their stories of cancer survivorship. Share your story today.

Stories from survivors like you.

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Meet Diane.

My name is Diane Chalifoux is a lung cancer fighter. 

Getting back to myself and my life has been so important to me and it would not have been possible without my incredible doctors and nurses, the support from my friends and family, and the amazing treatment options that are slowly becoming available for lung cancer patients like me.

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The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network was created by a group of Canadians concerned about cancer and cancer survivorship issues.

This site has been supported by an unrestricted grant from one of Canada’s research-based pharmaceutical companies.
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