Speakers Bureau

Sydney Barned, MD


Washington, DC

World Lung Cancer Day 2023

Lung cancer doesn’t discriminate even against doctors and celebrities

Lung cancer doesn’t care if you’re a celebrity or even a doctor. It impacts people from all walks of life. In this video clip, patient advocate and doctor, Sydney Barned and author and advocate Annabelle Gurwitch share their stories.

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Dr. Sydney Barned is a doctor of internal medicine and a hospitalist. Since the onset of Covid, she has been a staple on the oncology unit of Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD. The idea that doctors can get lung cancer wasn’t on her radar, yet she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2017. Thanks to targeted treatment, Dr. Barned has been NED (no evidence of disease) for the past several years.

“I’ve seen so many people not as lucky as me. This diagnosis brings up so many things that people don’t talk about: Do I save for retirement? Do I buy a house? As a lung cancer patient, I have had to navigate all the things that can go wrong, putting me in a constant state of limbo.”

Dr. Sydney Barned

Dr. Sydney Barned is one of the newest members of LCFA’s Speaker’s Bureau. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences and helping to make a difference in the lives of other cancer patients. Lung cancer can affect anyone and everyone – everyone with lungs that is. Truly no person is exempt from the possibility of a lung cancer diagnosis. Even doctors can get lung cancer too!

Read Dr. Sydney Barned’s story: Doctors Can Get Lung Cancer Too

Media work by Dr. Barned