Dr. Jessica Donington, University of Chicago Medical Center

Ivy Elkins

Can Dogs Sniff Lung cancer?

Lung cancer patients are encourages to be their own advocates. One major way to do this is to arm yourself with the best – and most valid – information about new tests and treatments that could help you.

In this video, you will learn:

1. What is the criteria to determine if a scientific study is valid?
2. Is it true that #dogs can sniff lung cancer?
3. Some advice in invalid scientific articles can actually be dangerous
4. One important way to determine if a research project is valid is to make sure the grant awarding process includes a peer review of the application.

Scientific research into better treatments, procedures and tests for #lungcancer is rapidly advancing. There’s a lot of information out there, so determining if what you are reading is valid is an important step in your self advocacy.

As a member of Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Jessica Donington says, “It takes a long time to go from a really cool idea to a clinical trial, and, eventually, to patient care.” Dr. Donington, from the University of Chicago Medical Center, is also a past recipient of a lung cancer research grant from Lung Cancer Foundation of America.

She goes on to say, “The NIH (National Institutes of Health) was going to cure cancer in the ’70s and then spent the next 30 years recognizing that cancer is not ONE disease!”

Lung Cancer patient/advocate Ivy Elkins describes her quest to find valid and useful lung cancer research news that might help her in her own lung cancer journey.