The shame, blame and stigma surrounding this deadly disease affects everything from patient follow-through to research funding
Nov. 21, 2017
| By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service
Most people know that lung cancer is an aggressive killer, triggered by everything from smoking to genetic mutations to environmental toxins. But more and more patients, doctors and researchers are pointing to another harmful influence contributing to the suffering, delayed diagnosis and possibly even early deaths of those hit with the disease: stigma.
Dr. Sue Biggins, associate director of the Hutch's Basic Sciences Division, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology. Fellows awards are meant to honor scientists who have made lifetime achievements in the field of cell biology and have contributed significantly to the ASCB.