Stand Up To Cancer: The Show

As I sit here tonight watching the “Stand Up To Cancer” television show, I find myself admiring the quality of the effort that went into this program.


The producers and the entertainers have certainly tugged at my heartstrings, and I suspect they have done so for many, many people throughout the country as well.  This is, in a simple phrase, a smashing success.


The combination of real life stories with the promise of research progress is always compelling.  We have all suffered losses through the impact of cancer in our families and our lives, and we all hold out the hope that one day the words “you have cancer” will no longer be heard by anyone anywhere.


There is no doubt that we have much to learn about cancer and how to treat it.  There is also no doubt that we have made considerable progress in cancer research and cancer treatment over the past number of years.  We have treatments today that were dreams only a couple of years ago.


All of this does take money, and that money is becoming harder to come by.  If this show helps raise awareness and funds, then that’s a good thing.


Funding cancer research is more than a one night event.  It is a continuous, difficult process.  It involves petitioning governments, philanthropies and everyday people to join the cause.


Our hope is that there will one day be a breakthrough that will answer the puzzle that cancer represents.  My sense is that it is going to be more complicated than any of us can anticipate.


Even today there was an article talking about new genetic research that shows us information about some uncommon but frequently fatal cancer.  The researchers noted that as we learn more about the genetics of cancer we find it more complicated than we anticipated.  Hoping for a single gene that controlled the cancer, we now find that there are multiple genes that can be altered, any of which can hold the key to a future treatment success.


Will this show and the money it will raise be the key to a future success in cancer research?  Perhaps.


But I can’t get out of my mind that there are many people and many organizations that have made commitments to raising money for cancer research, and will continue to do so.  Their efforts have led to incredibly important successes.  The journey continues.


This fight is not about any one organization or any one particular effort.  It is the combined work of all of us that we will one day lead us to success in our battle to beat this disease.


Filed Under: Cancer Care | Research | Treatment


J. Leonard Lichtenfeld's Biography

Dr. Len

J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP: Dr. Lichtenfeld currently serves as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society in the Society's Office of the Chief Medical Officer located at the Society's Corporate Center in Atlanta. Dr. Lichtenfeld joined the Society in 2001 as a medical editor, and in 2002 assumed responsibility for managing the Society's then newly created Cancer Control Science Department which included the prevention and early detection of cancer, emerging cancer science and trends, health equity, quality of life for cancer patients, the science of cancer communications and the role of nutrition and physical activity in cancer prevention and cancer care.  In 2014, Dr. Lichtenfeld assumed his current role in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer where he provides extensive support to a number of Society colleagues and activities. As a result of his over four decades of experience in cancer care, Dr. Lichtenfeld is frequently quoted in the print and electronic media regarding the Society's positions on a number of important issues related to cancer. He has testified regularly in legislative and regulatory hearings, and participated on numerous panels regarding cancer care, research, advocacy and related topics. He has served on a number of advisory committees and boards for organizations that collaborate with the Society to reduce the burden of cancer nationally and worldwide. He is well known for his blog ( which first appeared in 2005 and which continues to address many topics related to cancer research and treatment. A board certified medical oncologist and internist who was a practicing physician for over 19 years, Dr. Lichtenfeld has long been engaged in health care policy on a local, state, and national level.  He is active in several state and national medical organizations and has a long-standing interest in professional legislative and regulatory issues related to health care including physician payment, medical care delivery systems, and health information technology. Dr. Lichtenfeld is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia.  His postgraduate training was at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute in Baltimore. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society.  Dr. Lichtenfeld has received several awards in recognition of his efforts on behalf of his colleagues and his professional activities.  He has been designated a Master of the American College of Physicians in acknowledgement of his contributions to internal medicine.  Dr. Lichtenfeld is married, and resides in Atlanta and Thomasville, Georgia.

5 thoughts on “Stand Up To Cancer: The Show

  1. My husband has stage IIIb-IV adenocarcinoma of the lung. On the program Stand-Up last evening a cancer survivor story appeared with a gentleman with the same cancer in a non-smoker. He had testing that identified specific cancer cells that could be targeted. We both missed where this man received treatment, or who we can contact about it. We have run the gammet on the west coast and despirately looking for something that will provide relief and hope. Can you provide that information?

  2. I can’t provide specific medical advice on the blog. You are welcome to call our cancer information center at 800 ACS 2345, where knowledgeable cancer information specialists are available 24/7.

    The scenario suggests that the person who made the commenton the show may have been referring to EGFR testing, which is being done by some researchers. This is well known to many oncologists. It is a test that is done at the time of the original surgery.

    You may want to check with us (at the same phone number) about clinical trials that may be available. You may also want to have a consultation at a major comprehensive cancer center, which will undoubtedly have the resources to review the case and consider what treatments may be available and appropriate for your husband. If he is a non-smoker with adenocarcinoma, he may well be a candidate for targeted therapies.

  3. Hi. My Dad was recently diagnosed with metastatic lung carcinoma,non-small cell, adenocarcinoma.Stage IV. I know this is incurable. What is the best resource for me to learn more about this specific type of cancer. I have been all over the internet and have read and learned alot. Is there a book on this type of cancer? Or a specific web site you would suggest me visit.

    Thank You

  4. my brother was diagnosed in april with adenocarcinoma of the left lung with mets to adrenal gland, spine, and liver…has had 2 chemo treatments the last one landing him in the hospital for 11 days because of the severity of the side effects. what else can we do? i am trying to help him with some nutrition alternatives to help him feel better. i just dont know of any other treatments available. he is only 57.

  5. I recently visited a local ER and they said I was having trouble with my colon and probably my Dr. would want to do tests for cancer. I was secreting a pus like smell. I looked up the word “pus”, on and it refered me to adenocarcinoma. Is the “pus” like smell a sign of cancer?

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