14 Great Lung Cancer Blogs

Blogs Written by People Living With Lung Cancer

Lung cancer blogs are a window into the real world. For some people, journaling their story after a cancer diagnosis can be a wonderful release that helps them maintain a positive outlook while providing a source of support for others. In fact, one study of cancer patients who implemented expressive writing showed that the exercise improved their quality of life.

For those who read lung cancer survivors' words, the opportunity to peer into the daily life and struggles of someone living with their disease provides comfort that they're not alone.

Here are some of the best lung cancer blogs from patients, medical experts, and organizations.

Personal Lung Cancer Blogs

If you're looking for personal experiences, look for blogs written by people with lung cancer. You can find someone who is living with the same type of lung cancer as you or is at a similar point in their journey.

Gray Connections

Janet Freeman-Daily, the blogger behind "Gray Connections: Perspectives on Lung Cancer, Brain Science, and Other Stuff," was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in 2011—a surprise, as she wrote that she has never smoked anything "except a salmon." The lung cancer quickly became metastatic.

After taking part in different treatments and trials, Janet has been in remission since 2013. She's a fierce lung cancer advocate, speaking at conferences and events, and writing about her experiences.

Every Breath I Take

"Every Breath I Take," a blog by Lisa Goldman, goes through her journey with non-small cell lung cancer. She was diagnosed in 2014 after months of being unable to shake off a cough. She blogs and speaks to help raise awareness and education about lung cancer.

Faith, Family & Friends

The blog "Faith, Family, & Friends" by Lysa Buonanno is about living with stage 4 lung cancer. Diagnosed in 2011, Lysa is still battling her disease and writes about everything from cancer treatments to her family to dates with her husband to lung cancer survivor conferences—all with a positive attitude.

EmBen Kicks Cancer

Emily Bennett Taylor of "EmBen Kicks Cancer" went from being a college athlete to a stage 4 lung cancer patient at the age of 28. Diagnosed in 2012, her journey wasn't easy, beginning with aggressive chemotherapy followed by an intricate surgery.

But as her story continues, it seems almost like a fairy tale. Her greatest hope in life was to be a mom. Knowing that cancer treatment would impact her fertility, Taylor and her husband preserved embryos. In 2015, their surrogate gave birth to their twin girls.

As a busy mom, she has less time to write these days, but she still travels and shares her story to bring hope to others.

A Lil Lytnin' Strikes Lung Cancer

Tori Tomalia was a stage 4 lung cancer patient, patient advocate, speaker, writer, and mom of three blogged about her cancer journey, which started in 2013. She died in February 2021, and wrote for the last time the month before ("Fifth Time's the Charm").

Tori's blog "A Lil Lytnin' Strikes Lung Cancer" is organized into five chronological chapters that are centered on travel, marriage, becoming a new mom, having twins, and her lung cancer diagnosis.

​Life and Breath: Outliving Lung Cancer

Linnea Olson was an artist, writer, and lung cancer advocate. In 2015, the divorced mother of three was diagnosed with stage 1B non-small cell lung cancer (adenocarcinoma with BAC subtype).

Initially, her prognosis looked very good and she underwent a lobectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy.

Linnea died of lung cancer in November of 2021, so her blog is no longer active. However, the archive of posts is still valuable to read through.

"Life and Breath: Outliving Lung Cancer" takes you through Linnea's journey as her cancer spreads, enters a clinical trial, and later acknowledges that she is going to die from her disease. The trial that she participated in kept her alive for longer than she would have anticipated.

In "Summer: All Things Must End" Linnea wrote about embracing her own mortality while actively engaging in the act of living. In her words: “After all, death is really just part of life. You can’t have one without the other.”

Her musings also offer lighter notes—for example, she asks: what do cockroaches and cancer have in common?

Lung Cancer Organization Blogs

There are many lung cancer nonprofits and other organizations that raise awareness for lung cancer with blogs.

Lung Cancer Alliance

The Foundation for Lung Cancer's blog covers a wealth of topics, including advocacy, community engagement, and research updates.

A mix of healthcare professionals, experts, advocates, and patients author the posts, which have been published since 2014.

LUNGevity

LUNGevity is focused on fundraising to support lung cancer research. With pages of blog posts going back to 2010, you can find information on everything from lung cancer education to key updates from medical conferences.

There are plenty of guest posts from experts, and patients, as well as spotlight posts on volunteers and caregivers.

Lung Cancer Foundation of America

The Lung Cancer Foundation of America blog covers a lot of ground but lets you search according to specific tags. For example, you can find posts about living with lung cancer, clinical trials, and advocacy. You can also sign up to get the latest updates with their email newsletter.

Lung Cancer Initiative

The Lung Cancer Initiative, a nonprofit based in North Carolina, posts blogs on a range of topics, like cancer nutrition and patient emergency funds. There are also featured posts for patient stories and honoring advocates.

The site also has an archive of news and press releases, as well as an email newsletter you can sign up for.

EACH Breath

On the American Lung Association's blog, you'll find plenty of informative posts about lung cancer, including research updates. You'll also get some great articles about the practical needs of living with lung cancer—for example, some tips for spring cleaning safely.

The blogs, which are put together by the association's editorial staff, go back to 2015.

Medical Lung Cancer Blogs

If you're looking for information on lung cancer research or want to hear from healthcare professionals who work with lung cancer patients, medical blogs are a good place to start.

Lung Cancer Research Foundation

If you like to keep up with the latest advances in medical research, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation's news blog is a great resource. The posts cover findings from research studies, advocacy efforts and legal topics, and patient stories.

Many of the news articles are available in more than one language, making it one of the more accessible lung cancer blogs on the web.

MD Anderson Cancer Center

One of the best ways to get accurate, actionable, and up-to-date information on lung cancer is to check the websites of cancer centers. MD Anderson at the University of Texas offers a wealth of information on all cancer types.

You can find posts according to the type of cancer you want to read about. A few examples of MD Anderson's articles about lung cancer include Menthol cigarettes: The FDA's proposed ban and why they’re more harmful and Nine-time cancer survivor: ‘Actually, I feel kind of lucky.'

Cancer.Net

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) runs cancer.net, which has information about all types of cancer. The site's lung cancer content is divided into non-small lung cancer and small cell lung cancer.

Cancer.net's blog covers all cancer topics. You can search the tags or look at different categories of content, like research, prevention, and content for caregivers. Some of the articles have podcasts that go with them if you'd prefer to listen rather than read.

The lung cancer blog tag includes posts like Living With Stage 4 Lung Cancer: How Genomic Testing Is Helping Me Live Better and Longer and New Treatments for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer With an EGFR Mutation: What to Know.

A Word From Verywell

There are many excellent blogs by lung cancer survivors, researchers, and advocates. It's worth "reading around" to find a lung cancer blog that you really connect with.

Reading about the experiences of people living with lung cancer may help you feel a bit less alone in your journey. Lung cancer blogs from trusted medical sources can also offer practical tips for coping and may help you find new treatment options.

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