Today, VA health leaders, along with representatives from private and public health care organizations, will host a Cancer Cabinet Community Conversation as part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. VA, one of several government organizations to hold a virtual roundtable that day, will focus on the agency’s lung precision oncology program to advance cancer treatment.

VA’s roundtable, Aiming for the Moon(shot): Accelerating Lung Cancer Care and Research, will be held at 4 p.m. EST and the public is welcome to join us via YouTube.

The following experts and Veterans will speak about the improvements to screening and treatment of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths for Veterans:

  • Lawrence Jamerson, U.S. Army Veteran and lung cancer survivor.
  • Brian Sturgill, Air Force Veteran and lung cancer survivor.
  • Steven Lieberman, M.D., MBA, deputy under secretary for Health, performing the delegable duties of the under secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration.
  • Carolyn Clancy, M.D., MACP, assistant under secretary for Health, Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks, Veterans Health Administration.
  • Michael Kelley, M.D., executive program director for Oncology, Specialty Care Services, Veterans Health Administration.
  • Kenute Myrie, Ph.D., senior portfolio manager, Precision Oncology, Office of Research and Development, Veterans Health Administration.
  • Christopher Slatore, M.D., MS, chief consultant, National Center for Lung Cancer Screening, Veterans Health Administration.
  • Nichole Tanner, M.D., MSCR, pulmonologist, Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Unit, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Maria Kelly, M.D., chief, Radiation Oncology, Veterans Health Administration.
  • Alex A. Adjei, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Oncology and Pharmacology, Mayo Clinic.
  • Laurie Fenton Ambrose, co-founder, president & CEO GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.
  • Ibiayi Dagogo-Jack, M.D., thoracic oncologist, Massachusetts General Hospital.

While lung cancer is the deadliest cancer among Veterans, screening can save lives. Screenings can catch cancer in an earlier stage before you notice symptoms, improving the chance treatment will be successful.

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