NEWS | November 16, 2012

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Events include Tweet chat, blood donor drive and partnership with "Team Draft"


The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a Tweet chat to discuss the latest approaches to lung cancer treatment on Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. in recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Twitter users are invited to log in and join the conversation about new medical, surgical and radiation oncology approaches to lung cancer from cancer center experts. To join, follow #UCDcancerchat.

According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States, causing more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate). An estimated 160,340 Americans will die from lung cancer this year, accounting for approximately 28 percent of all cancer deaths. And unlike other common cancer types, there is no effective screening and early detection test for lung cancer, resulting in many late-stage diagnoses for which there is no cure.

Jim Conwell © UC Regents
Jim Conwell

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is a leader in lung cancer treatment and research. Physicians and researchers are working to develop and target therapies to individual tumors based on their molecular characteristics, bringing new treatments to patients as quickly as possible. Patients also benefit from leading-edge surgical and radiation-therapy approaches designed to minimize side effects and enhance patient outcomes.

In addition to the Tweet chat, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer is partnering with Team Draft's National Celebration of Survivorship for Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Team Draft honors the late wife of former NFL linebacker Chris Draft, Keasha, who died of lung cancer in 2011, just one month after the couple's wedding. As part of their outreach effort, Team Draft arranged for lung cancer providers and patients to attend every home game during week 11 of the NFL season. Attending the Oakland Raiders game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 18 are UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center nurse Valerie Kuderer and Jim Conwell, 71, who was treated for lung cancer at UC Davis in 2011.

Conwell, an avid Raiders fan, also will be featured on the Team Draft website as someone who is "changing the face of lung cancer."

To help support lung cancer research, the cancer center also is reaching out to volunteers to help UC Davis researchers learn more about the lung cancer process and investigate new prevention methods, screening and early detection tests and treatments by donating a few tubes of blood. Volunteer blood donors are a crucial part of lung cancer discovery and help researchers identify biological markers that differ between cancer and non-cancer samples.  Volunteer donors must be at least 50 years old and not have a personal history of cancer. The process takes about 20 minutes and involves a simple blood draw and filling out a questionnaire. Volunteers may call (916) 734-8459 or email for more information or to schedule a blood draw.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 9,000 adults and children every year, and access to more than 150 clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 280 scientists at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Jackson Laboratory (JAX West), whose scientific partnerships advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Through the Cancer Care Network, UC Davis collaborates with a number of hospitals and clinical centers throughout the Central Valley and Northern California regions to offer the latest cancer care. Its community-based outreach and education programs address disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations. For more information, visit


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