Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Nebraska claiming almost 1,000 lives in the state every year. Those coping with the illness have not had the resources and support that others suffering from illness have until now. Amanda Kis is the manager of lung health and tobacco control with the American Lung Association Nebraska says that prompted the formation of the Better Breathers Club to offer assistance to patients.
Kis says “Previously there were no lung cancer support groups for people in Nebraska and really not in our surrounding states. Since statistics are so grim there is a need to provide a supportive, safe and education based environment for people and their family.”
The American Lung Association of Nebraska and the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center launched the club as a support group for those with lung cancer. Kis says it is a guide and discussion group for patients and their adult friends and family members. Each month they feature education topics and have speakers in to discuss medication, health care costs, nutrition and rehab.
The group will meet the fourth Monday of the month at the American Lung Association office, 899- West Dodge Road, #226 in Omaha from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Those wanting more information about the club can log on to ww.Lung.org.