About The Lung Cancer Online Foundation
The mission of The Lung Cancer Online Foundation (LCOF) is to improve
the quality of care and quality of life for people with lung cancer
by funding lung cancer research and providing information to patients
and families via Lungcanceronline.org.
Lungcanceronline.org is a comprehensive, annotated directory
to Internet information and resources for patients and families.
Lungcanceronline.org is cited as a leading website for
lung cancer in medical journals, cancer support publications and
the media. (See our "Awards
& Recognitions" section for
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women
and yet it is funded at vastly lower rates than the other common
cancers. This has translated into fewer effective treatment options
and an overwhelming 85% mortality rate. The Lung Cancer Online Foundation
aims to fill the urgent and chronic need for additional sources
of lung cancer research.
The Lung Cancer Online Foundation Board
of Directors includes national leaders in medicine,
industry, information technology and patient advocacy. A distinguished
Scientific Advisory Board
of the top lung cancer specialists - representing medical schools
nationwide, from Harvard to Cornell to the University of Wisconsin
to UCLA - evaluates LCOF grant proposals. The LCOF
Grants Program supports qualified individuals and groups
conducting lung cancer research and funds fellowships in translational
and clinical lung cancer research.
The Lung Cancer Online Foundation was founded by Karen Parles,
a lung cancer survivor and librarian. After her diagnosis with advanced
lung cancer at the age of 38, Karen created Lungcanceronline.org
as an information resource for patients and families. Karen has
served as a lung cancer advocate for the National Cancer Institute,
the Alliance for Lung Cancer, Cancer Care, and the Wellness Community.
In 2000, Karen was honored with a Bicentennial Medal by Williams
College for her outstanding contributions on behalf of people with