IU lung cancer researchers devise better treatments, increase survival, and enhance patients’ quality of life.
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Lung Cancer Research

One overarching question guides lung cancer research at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center: If we don’t do this research at IU, will it be done?

Our goal is to answer important questions about improving the lives of lung cancer patients – questions others may not be asking. The answers we find expand treatment options, increase survival and enhance patients’ quality of life. With your help, IU researchers can answer critical questions more quickly. Your gift might help our team to explore drug combinations that have fewer side effects or see whether immunotherapy might benefit patients with early-stage disease. Your generosity may also help us evaluate biomarkers that tell us if a person’s cancer has been eradicated and treatment can end.

The progress we make gives hope to lung cancer patients in Indiana and around the world. Your support makes this possible. 

To learn more about IU lung cancer initiatives, visit End Lung Cancer Now

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Improving Lung Cancer Radiation Therapy

An IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has been awarded a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a drug that could make radiation therapy far more effective.

Rebuilding Health

Victor Rigdon can fix just about anything in his job as a carpenter at Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. But four years ago, Rigdon found something he couldn’t fix—advanced non-small cell lung cancer.


Lung Cancer Research

Nasser H. Hanna, MD, Tom and Julie Wood Family Foundation Professor of Lung Cancer Clinical Research, shares the goals and importance of lung cancer research conducted at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Simon Says Expert Series

To better connect IU’s nearly 300 cancer experts with our community, we’ve launched the “Simon Says Expert Series,” a monthly virtual event where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from cancer center experts about various topics and ask your questions. You’ll hear about the latest advances in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and life after cancer. You can also suggest topics you’d like to learn about in the future. 

We hope you sign up, take part, and learn more from the experts at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.  You can explore previous Simon Says topics by visiting our session archive.

Simon Says Expert Series