About Us

“It is important to know that you’re not alone before, during or after your surgery or other treatments and learning more about the disease can be extremely empowering.”
– Y. L. Colson, MD PhD  – Founder of Women’s Lung Cancer Forum

Our Mission:

To help raise awareness about the occurrence of lung cancer in women, to erase the stigma of smoking associated with lung cancer, and to provide support and empowerment for women and their families facing a diagnosis of lung cancer.

Our Message:

There is hope! The Lung Cancer Forum is made up of many women who are successfully battling lung cancer or who have been cured of lung cancer.

Our Members:

Started in 2006, the Lung Cancer Forum is a community of lung cancer patients, survivors, physicians, researchers, friends and advocates. We share the goal of expanding support services and improving quality of life for lung cancer patients and survivors, through education, conversation, and coordinated action. The Women’s Lung Cancer Forum is supported by a cooperation between the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Our Founder:

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Yolonda Colson, M.D., Ph.D. is the founder of the Women’s Lung Cancer Forum. She is the chief for the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Hermes C. Grillo professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in surgical treatment of lung cancer with a specific interest in increasing and improving the identification and treatment of lung cancer. She is also interested in understanding the differences of lung cancer in women.

Dr. Colson is a dedicated cardiothoracic surgeon and is tireless in her efforts to save lives and empower women to fight lung cancer. She has received numerous awards and honors for her surgical research and innovations to treat lung cancer. She founded the Women’s Lung Cancer Forum for lung cancer survivors, their friends, and relatives. The Forum’s focus is awareness, education, and empowerment.

There are a significant number of women with lung cancer who are non-smokers. More women are nonsmokers that have lung cancer than men who are non-smokers. Right now, we do not have a great answer as to why. More women still die of lung cancer than breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers combined. Dr. Colson is actively searching for solutions.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Colson.