“We are going to do everything we can to get daddy better and to maintain a sense of normalcy.” Paul was only 45 when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, rare for someone his age; however, he was familiar with the diagnosis. When Paul was in his thirties, his father was also diagnosed with mesothelioma. Paul’s inspirational journey through diagnosis and participation in a clinical trial is among one of the many stories of strength featured in the “Faces of Lung Cancer” project.
The project was created in 2005 by Moffitt Cancer Center’s Lung and Thoracic Tumor Education (LATTE) program in collaboration with photodocumentayrist, Beth Reynolds. The collection features 32 stories from lung cancer patients, caregivers, and health care providers. There is so much to learn from the patient and family experience. Through visual communication, the photo-essay is able to generate and blend powerful information and images providing a richer, more complete portrayal of one’s experience than through words or photos alone. This collection of stories and photos provides us with a deeper understanding of the journey of a lung cancer patient and his or her family, while helping to raise awareness about the disease and the importance of clinical research.
The traveling photo exhibit has received national exposure and is a featured display at many lung cancer awareness events and support programs. In addition to the exhibit and published book, the website features audio, enabling visitors to hear the stories in their own words. The exhibit was recently expanded to include the first-hand experiences of our Hispanic patients and features essays in Spanish.
The “Faces of Lung Cancer” project gives a voice and a face to this disease of lung cancer which is often plagued by stigma. The “Faces of Lung Cancer” project offers a message of hope to all and to let newly diagnosed patients and families know they are not alone in their journey. Progress is being made as a result of clinical research and patients are an integral part of the success and continue to inspire us every day.
We would like to thank Dr. Gwendolyn Quinn from Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute for taking the time to let our community know about the “Faces of Lung Cancer” project. If you would like more information on the “Faces of Lung Cancer” project or other lung cancer initiatives at Moffitt Cancer Center, you can contact them at 813-745-6438 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.