Leading Lung Cancer Charities & Organizations

Where you should turn if you're looking for support or wish to lend support

Organizations devoted to lung cancer can make a large difference for many people living with the disease. Rather than competing against each other, these leading organizations differ in many ways.

Lung cancer receives much less funding and support than other cancers. Fortunately, however, it appears that we are on the brink of change; people are beginning to see the changing face of lung cancer as organizations solidify and grow.

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LUNGevity is a large organization completely devoted to lung cancer. It supports those living with the condition and funds research. Perhaps, though, it is best known as the organization that provides education, support, and connections for those living with lung cancer today.

Annually, LUNGevity hosts a HOPE Summit in Washington, D.C. in which survivors from around the country gather to spend a few days learning more about their disease, being pampered, and developing lifelong friends who are facing a similar struggle. There are also regional summits throughout the year in other parts of the country. For someone living with lung cancer, seeing the pictures of groups of long-term stage 4 lung cancer survivors can resonate more than any words written about the disease.

LUNGevity is a large source of funding for researchers looking for treatments for lung cancer today. Their financial support of young researchers assures us that there will be scientists who are focusing specifically on lung cancer in the future. For people living with lung cancer, their site is an excellent source of up-to-date information written by professionals, but in language easily understood by anyone.

GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer is a new organization, but has been formed by the merger of two very active lung cancer organizations; the Lung Cancer Alliance and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

Historically, the Lung Cancer Alliance provided information and support for people with lung cancer, but stands out as one of the most active cancer organizations working to address public policy. As a group, many people have joined together to "storm the capital," talking with the key decision-makers who are responsible for advocacy and change.

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation has also contributed to research and support similar to other organizations, but has a special niche in supporting young people with lung cancer. Lung cancer in young adults is a unique disease in many ways. People who are young at the time of diagnosis are much more likely to have "targetable mutations" or genetic changes in their tumors for which medications targeting these changes can be used. Young people also have issues that older people with the disease may not face, such as fertility issues related to cancer treatment.

Together now, the GO2 Foundation hosts a number of events ranging from an annual advocacy summit to shine a light on lung cancer events. It's monthly Lung Cancer Living Room is a particular treat. People can attend in person or join in virtually to talk with physicians, researchers, and of course, other advocates and patients about a wide range of topics.

The American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA) supports people with a wide range of lung diseases, but has been more active recently in raising awareness about lung cancer specifically. (You may be familiar with their Lung Force if you live in a city which has been lit up for lung cancer.)

While the ALA supports all people with lung cancer, they have a niche in uniting women with lung cancer from around the country. Lung cancer in women can differ from lung cancer in men in many ways—from the symptoms which are most common to the treatments that might work best.

Upstage Lung Cancer

A smaller but active lung cancer organization is Upstage Lung Cancer. Headed up by lung cancer survivor Hildy Grossman, this organization is a great example of how anyone can use their talents and special interests to make a difference for those living with, and those who will be diagnosed in the future with lung cancer.

If you are looking at ways to aid in the early detection of lung cancer, this may be the organization you choose to support. When lung cancer is caught in the early stages of the disease, it may be curable with surgery. Sadly, roughly half of people are not diagnosed until their cancer has progressed to stage 3B or stage 4—both considered advanced lung cancer.

If everyone who qualified for lung cancer screening had this done, it's thought that the mortality rate from could be reduced by 20% in the U.S. (and likely even more based on recent studies). At the same time, many people are unaware that this screening is even available.

People who should be screened for lung cancer:

  • Are between 50 and 80
  • Have a 20 or more pack-years history of smoking
  • Currently smoke or have quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Are healthy enough overall to undergo treatment if diagnosed with lung cancer

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)

The IASLC is a very large international organization focused on every aspect of lung cancer. With yearly international meetings, researchers from around the globe share the latest findings with oncologists worldwide.

In recent years, the IASLC has provided scholarships for patients and advocates to attend these meetings as well—both to learn and to be a voice. Many lung cancer oncologists and researchers have found that hearing the voices and seeing the faces of people living with the condition helps them return to their clinics/labs with renewed passion to make a difference.

Lung Cancer Foundation of America

The Lung Cancer Foundation of America supports lung cancer research, though their focus is on "transformative changes." This means that it supports the kind of groundbreaking research which can lead to potential cures in the very near future. Their website is a wealth of information, with links to the latest research as well as clinical trials for lung cancer. For physicians and researchers, they also provide information on grant opportunities. For patients, their section on "meet the investigators" is a window that shines light on the research that is currently happening; something that can bring hope if you don't see change happening fast enough.


One organization which stands out in their efforts to support lung cancer is CancerCare. If you are looking for comprehensive cancer information on a very wide range of topics, CancerCare likely has it.

In addition to regular Connect Education workshops in which you can listen to hourlong talks in the comfort of your home, CancerCare also has an extensive archive of previous workshops ranging from the latest advances in lung cancer treatment to tips for family caregivers. Lung cancer support groups and online cancer communities are also available as well as counseling and financial support.

CancerCare also provides extensive education and support for family caregivers of people with cancer, realizing that cancer is a family disease.

A Word From Verywell

Whether it is advocating for early detection, influencing public policy, supporting people living with the disease in their daily lives, funding research, or focusing on women or young people with the condition, there are many options to join the fight against lung cancer. 

Yes, there are several organizations which support lung cancer, all with a slightly different emphasis. But, unlike some causes, there is relatively little competition among them as they are all working towards a common goal. Even though a lung cancer organization may have a special niche, each of these foundations works to support survivors and fund research. 

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  • National Cancer Institute. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ) – Health Professional Version. 06/13/19. 

  • Pass, Harvey I. Principles and Practice of Lung Cancer: The Official Reference Text of the IASLC. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010.