USA members announce Excellence in Journalism winners in four categories  

The four USA GLCC member organisations - CancerCare, Free To Breathe, Lung Cancer Alliance and Prevent Cancer Alliance - have nominated the following winners of the Excellence Award:

Print:

Immunotherapy moves to the front lines in fight against lung cancer

http://wpo.st/FAFG2

 

Broadcast:

The Test That Can Save Your Life

http://www.kdrv.com/content/features/Understanding-Lung-Cancer-456198153.html

 

Digital:

Tiare Dunlap, People Magazine

http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20981907_20997142,00.html

http://www.people.com/article/after-surviving-lung-cancer-at-28-emily-bennett-taylor-start-family

 

Special Recognition:

A Cancer in the Family, Fighting Lung Cancer Stigmas Saves Lives How does the stigma surrounding lung cancer delay diagnosis? -Theodora Ross M.D. PhD. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cancer-in-the-family/201607/fighting-lung-cancer-stigmas-saves-lives

 

 

 

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Pulmonale (Portugal) Award

The RTP News channel wins this year's award from Pulmonale for its excellent coverage of the problems facing people in Portugal seeking help to to quit smoking who face lengthy waiting lists. 

Experts say that missed opportunities are unjustifiable in a country where more than 30 people die from tobacco-related illnesses every day. 

There are more than 11,000 preventable deaths and costs in excess of 500 million euros per year.

Isabel Magalhães, President of Pulmonale, presents the Excellence in Journalism award to Paula Rebelo of the RTP1 television news channel

 

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Lungcancer Föreningen Sweden 2016 Award 

This year, the Swedish Lung Cancer Podcast  takes our national award, writes Tommy Björk of Lungcancer Föreningen.  

Lungcancerpodden is a conversation between a patient and a doctor covering most aspects of living with lung cancer. You can find it here: 

www.lungcancerpodden.se

 

Fredrik Johansson (patient) and Martin Sandelin (doctor) are young - both are under 40 – and they chat together as two friends, discussing lung cancer in an open and understandable way. Still, there's no doubt as to who’s who!

There are 44 editions of the podcast so far. The latest one was recorded at the IASLC World Lung Cancer Conference in Yokohama. 

Their ever-growing number of listeners would indicate they're on the right track, and that they contribute to the fight against lung cancer in a positive way.

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ALCASE Italia 2016 Award

 

This year, ALCASE's award goes to journalist Paola Staccioli, and Serena Ranieri, for their blog on "The O2".

 

ALCASE Italy has decided to give the prestigious Lung Cancer Journalism Award to the authors of the blog The O2, created for OncoLine by Paola Staccioli, writer and freelance journalist, and Serena Ranieri, international event organizer.

OncoLine is the channel entirely devoted to oncology, published in Repubblica.it, the most widely read news website in Italy.

The blog's title is taken from the formula for oxygen: O2. The authors are like two molecules of oxygen that when linked to the article 'the' give rise to the name of the blog. The O2, whose symbol  seems to evoke the more famous (only for now!) U2, are like a breath of fresh air for those who, overwhelmed by the web's magnitude, seek information on lung cancer.

Paola Staccioli, author of the pieces submitted to the Global Awards, gives us a first-hand account of her daily life, suddenly turned upside down by the eruption of an unforeseen relapse a year and a half ago. To share her existence with thousands of readers, she has had to face the burden of a not for granted coming out and be open about an illness that, contrary to other neoplasms, does not elicit empathy from the public.

When sharing moments of highest vulnerability, the author never resorts to the ploy of victimization, instead she opts for an extremely lucid style marked by an ironic streak that has become the blog's distinctive characteristic. The post 'Cancer aside, I'm well', in which Paola reveals to her readers the formulaic answer that she routinely uses when pressed on the state of her health, adroitly illustrates this trait.

Overall the author's accounts are a real hymn to life aimed at those who are ill as well as those in good health. It's an incitation to savor every single moment engaging all five senses, sharper than ever because of the illness, capable of giving moments of unexpected emotions. The author who for professional reasons has toured the world, (and continues to do so,) as a result of her malady has discovered that the most important journey is the one inside oneself to uncover those inner landscapes that no worldly panorama can deliver. Paola's relationship to her illness is ambivalent, on the one hand she fights to steal time from her cancer, on the other she values the lessons in life that it has bestowed.

Over time the blog has become a place where other patients and family members can share their stories. Thus the author's  experiences become intertwined with that of her readers.  This has lead to the creation of a virtual community in which no one is alone, and everyone is nourished by the words of another.

The O2 blog is the illustration of how words can play a role in defeating lung cancer, a devious illness that often thrives on the silence of its victims, amplifying fears and anguish. Words capable of opening new paths to shared knowledge; words that lend an ear and tend a hand across digital space.

ALCASE awarded the prize to the blog because it: 

1. represents the first case of the genus in Italy (certainly with regard to lung cancer);

2. paints, in a cool and realistic way, but also touching and sometimes moving, the human and psychological pathway of those who live with the disease;

3. With its plurality of voices, it gives a 360° view of the difficult and heterogeneous way of dealing with a potentially deadly disease. 

ALCASE Italia will present Paola and Serena's nomination to the Global Award and hopes, this time, and for the first time, to bring the prize in Italy.

To read excerpts from their blogs please visit:

  1. http://www.alcase.eu/support/i-want-to-grow-old/
  2. http://www.alcase.eu/support/my-battle-on-all-fronts/;
  3. http://www.alcase.eu/support/second-life/.  

 

The awards ceremony will take place during the 3rd National Meeting ALCASE, Rome 11-12 November 2017

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                                        Longkanker Nederland 2016 Award

 Journalist Merel Brons takes the 2016 award 
During the national theme day of the patient organisation, ‘Longkanker Nederland’ (Lung Cancer Netherlands), Saturday 5 November, it was announced that journalist Merel Brons had won the Global Lung Cancer Journalism Award for 2016.
 
Merel won the Lung Cancer Journalism Award for the special stories she has written about two women diagnosed with lung cancer. Both articles appeared in Dutch magazine Libelle last year.
 
In presenting Merel Brons the award, Merel Hennink - a member of the Patient Advisory Board of Longkanker Nederland, and also one of the portrayed women – said: “Merel has taken all the time for making the portraits. She has given the patient with lung cancer a face, a beautiful face. It has become a positive story.”
 
Longkanker Nederland is proud to present the award to Merel Brons because her stories show the person behind the patient.
 
Both stories can be obtained at Longkanker Nederland. E-mail: esther@longkankernederland.nl