Lung Cancer is an extremely complex and complicated disease requiring treatment that is targeted and individualized for each patient. Although outcomes and treatment options may vary, the questions that any person should ask their healthcare team are the same.

Knowledge and understanding are critical to
working with your healthcare team and to having hope.


Our Patient Handbook, “Navigating Lung Cancer, 360 Degrees of Hope,” is the first-ever comprehensive, up-to-date patient resource for Lung Cancer. First released in early 2013, your Handbook is a living document, both in print and on-line, that will have on-going updates to include the latest advancements in Lung Cancer care.

Included is valuable information about: Disease in General, Diagnosis, Specialists, Testing, Therapy, Clinical Trials, Living with Lung Cancer, Support Services.


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The Patient Services of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) are based on a 360 philosophy and approach. We consider the “big picture” of patient needs and offer a comprehensive range of programs providing a road map to guide and a support system to anchor patients and their families.

We consider the “big picture” of patient needs.

Our Patient Services include:


Educational Resources

  • about diagnosis
  • treatment options
  • doctors

Latest Research News

  • clinical trials
  • drugs
  • genetics


  • answers to questions
  • personal advice
  • second opinions

A Powerful Voice

  • for advocacy
  • for confidence
  • for hope

Get the information you need when you need it!

  • CALL

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly. You can reach Danielle Hicks, our Director of Patient Services and Programs, at 650-670-4065. If you prefer email, her email address is danielle@lungcancerfoundation.org.


    Join us in person at our Lung Cancer Living Room – Bring Hope Home – A Patient Education and Support Series sessions in San Carlos, CA on the third Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:30 pm where we BRING HOPE HOME with timely presentations by doctors, up-to-date news and your personal stories. View the calendar for more information.


    If you can’t make it to our Lung Cancer Living Room – Bring Hope Home – A Patient Education and Support Series location, you can join us via Livestream remotely from home. Click here to view the USTREAM Lung Cancer Living Room – Bring Hope Home – A Patient Education and Support Series.

  • READ

    Our comprehensive Patient Handbook, “Navigating Lung Cancer, 360 Degrees of Hope,” is packed with valuable information. It’s the first resource of it’s kind for Lung Cancer and you can download it here.


    There is much more to learn by navigating our website or visiting us in person at 1100 Industrial Rd. #1, San Carlos, CA 94070. We want you to come to ALCF for support, conversation, connection and for immediate access to knowledgeable, experienced professionals and people like you who understand the difficulties of living with Lung Cancer. We want to talk to YOU!

Join Smart Patients

We are proud to partner with Smart Patients, an online community for patients and caregivers affected by Lung Cancer and other kinds of cancer. The online support of the Smart Patients community complements our Lung Cancer Living Room and Patient Handbook, “Navigating Lung Cancer, 360 Degrees of Hope.”

Smart Patients was designed to extend the reach of these kinds of resources to an even broader group of cancer patients who can learn from each other about treatments, the latest science, and how it all fits into the context of their experience.


ALCF wants to provide the personalized information and advice that you need and deserve when diagnosed with Lung Cancer. That is why we ask that you complete our on-line Intake Form (takes about 20 mins), which goes immediately to Danielle Hicks, Director of Patient Services & Programs.

Our understanding of your individual situation and specific cancer data enables us to provide the most complete advice when talking with you one-on-one (on the phone, in person or by email).

Completing the Form is the best way for ALCF to help you and you to help ALCF. Your data is also critical to helping other Lung Cancer patients and clinicians working to advance the state-of-the-art of diagnosis and treatment, both now and in the future as therapeutic discovery and precision therapies evolve.

cancercommons-logoWith your permission, we will share your information anonymously with Cancer Commons, a nonprofit building Rapid Learning Communities linking researchers, patients and physicians. Bottom line: Sharing your data is key to finding the cure!

Don’t Guess. Test.

dont-guess-testALCF is proud to partner with Lung Cancer advocacy groups across the nation to support the “Don’t Guess. Test.” movement. An initiative aimed to expand awareness and educate patients about precision medicine and the importance of comprehensive genomic testing in lung cancer. It is our hope that through this initiative, every patient with lung cancer and their families, friends and caretakers will be motivated to take action by opening a dialogue with their doctors about genomic testing to ensure all possible treatment options are explored.