Founded in 2002 by Dr. Yee Ung (a radiation oncologist), Magdalene Winterhoff (an oncology social worker), and Ralph Gouda (who lost his wife to lung cancer), Lung Cancer Canada includes an active board of directors and volunteer base, lung cancer nurses’ network, and a distinguished medical advisory network made up of medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, and respirologists focused on lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Canada was founded as a response to the observation that lung cancer’s broad scope and devastating impact too often go unrecognized among Canadians. Historically lung cancer has received scant public attention in Canada, despite the fact that lung cancer is the nation’s number one cancer killer and will afflict one out of every twelve Canadians over the course of a lifetime. The attention paid to lung cancer is scarce in part because of its low survival rate, which drastically diminishes the voice of those affected, and in part because of the relationship between lung cancer and smoking, which has unfairly stigmatized lung cancer patients. But Canadians cannot afford to keep ignoring this deadly disease.
In light of this conviction, Lung Cancer Canada’s mission is four-fold: 1) to increase public awareness of lung cancer, 2) to support and advocate for lung cancer patients and their families, 3) to provide educational resources to patients, family members, healthcare professionals, and the general public, and 4) to raise funds in support of promising research opportunities.