Inova Life with Cancer's® Lung Cancer Support Group Named Leading Program in the Nation

Jan 18, 2016, 10:51 ET from Inova

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inova announced today that The Lung Cancer Alliance has recognized the lung cancer support group at the Inova Life with Cancer Center as the leading lung cancer support group in the country. Inova has long understood that treating cancer is about more than just treating the disease. Cancer affects the whole person, as well as the people they love. Inova's lung cancer support group has been active for more than a decade, helping and guiding patients and their caregivers through the cancer journey.

Life with Cancer serves patients and their loved ones at all Inova hospitals/campuses and at the Life with Cancer Family Center in Fairfax. The Life with Cancer programs are provided at no cost to all people, regardless of whether they are receiving treatment at an Inova facility. Programs include educational seminars and workshops, support groups, individual and family counseling, wellness and exercise programs, and nursing education and navigation to provide assistance in times of need, as well as information about specific cancers. These programs are made possible in large part by the generosity of the community in the form of philanthropic gifts.

"The goal of Life with Cancer is to support and enhance the quality of life for individuals facing cancer by offering information, education and support," said Carrie Friedman, Manager, Oncology Navigation and Counseling. "And while we are honored to receive this award, we believe it truly belongs to our wonderful participants, who share their stories, offer each other hope and support, and work together in the fight against lung cancer."

The Lung Cancer Alliance is a national organization based in Washington, D.C. It provides lung cancer support for patients and caregivers and education about early detection and screening. In addition, the organization advocates for increased funding for lung cancer research. The Lung Cancer Alliance chooses its annual winner based on feedback from participants, an in-person observation from an LCA representative, and the robust, consistent attendance of group members.

About Inova
Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond. Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives.

Inova encompasses the full array of health services, including the area's only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit. We are home to many nationally and internationally recognized programs, including Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute (ISCI).  

Inova is a global leader in the science of genomics and the new era of personalized health, which uses a person's genetic make-up, family and medical history, and lifestyle to determine the best prevention and treatment. We connect researchers, clinicians and empowered consumers to improve patient care, enhance prevention and encourage wellness. 

Kelly Schlageter