Lynn Eldridge, MD spent 15 years helping individuals navigate their way through the initial stages of a cancer diagnosis as a primary care physician and patient advocate.
Impassioned by a desire to further support, educate, and advocate for cancer survivors everywhere, Dr. Eldridge left private practice and now leads university lectures and seminars for cancer survivor groups across the United States and Europe, and is actively involved with several cancer advocacy groups.
As a physician, friend, and caregiver, Dr. Eldridge is intimately in touch with how a diagnosis of cancer impacts your life. And as an advocate for people with lung cancer, she travels widely speaking on the stigma of lung cancer. Those in the lung cancer community can sense her love and compassion, and many have participated in her "ceremonies" of healing—not something new age as it sounds, but rather a celebration of life as it is, where it is, with who ever is present, in the moment.
Though she works behind the scenes to do everything she can to increase funding for the disease, and provide excellent, reliable, and reader-friendly information to make the navigation of this disease just a tad bit less scary, on the surface she is there in the moment, to give the hug that is needed to get through today.
Dr. Eldridge also advocates from the physician side, raising physicians' awareness of causes and prevention (we need to start asking every patient about radon exposure) as well as early recognition (yes, young never-smoking women with a cough could have lung cancer, and in fact, lung cancer in young, never-smoking women is increasing).
Dr. Eldridge received the Global Lung Cancer Coalition Excellence in Journalism Award in 2010 for her contributions which have raised awareness about lung cancer around the world. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her residency in family medicine through the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics. She completed postgraduate studies in public health and has conducted research on the role of environmental exposures in cancer development.
Dr. Eldridge has undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and Bethel University where she studied chemistry and music. She earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics. During this time, she pursued further training in public health, with time spent in Hawaii studying the effects of pesticides on cancer in humans.
If you have recently been diagnosed, are living with, or have someone close to you who has lung cancer, you have come to the right place. Having a basic understanding of your cancer, knowing some questions to ask, and gaining some tips on empowering yourself in your journey, will hopefully make this difficult time a bit easier to navigate.
Lung cancer treatment and survival rates are improving rapidly after many years of little change. I encourage you to become actively involved in your care and educated about your disease. Some of the recently approved treatments, and those being studied in clinical trials, were unheard of just a few years ago.
I also encourage you to become involved in the lung cancer community—a community which is growing in numbers and has amazing depth—as a way to get the support you need and hear the latest in lung cancer progress. As the stigma of lung cancer is fading, a ray of hope shines brightly on the future of this disease.
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