The National Lung Cancer Roundtable (NLCRT) is a national coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations, and invited individuals, dedicated to reducing the incidence of and mortality from lung cancer in the United States, through coordinated leadership, strategic planning, and advocacy.
The NLCRT’s focus is on promoting increased lung cancer awareness, prevention, early detection, and assurance of optimal therapy through public education, provider education, targeted research, and health policy initiatives. The NLCRT was founded in late-2016.
The Roundtable serves as a catalyst to stimulate greater levels of collaborative engagement among member organizations’ work on key lung cancer issues. The work of the Roundtable is guided by its strategic plan with direction and input from its active Steering Committee. Through the efforts of its Task Groups, the Roundtable advances initiatives that focus on. provider engagement and outreach, tobacco treatment in the context of lung cancer screening, lung cancer in women, shared decision-making about screening, implementation of screening programs, access to high quality screening, policy action, triage for appropriate diagnostic evaluation and therapy, and an end to the stigma and nihilism associated with a diagnosis of lung cancer, which pervades every aspect of this disease.
A fundamental premise of the Roundtable is that collective action among the member organizations will be more successful in reducing the burden of disease, and reducing that burden faster. A core principle of the Roundtable is that it will not duplicate or take on roles of member organizations; rather, the Roundtable seeks to enhance organizations’ contributions to lung cancer control through greater engagement with other key organizations, as well as to take on initiatives that all organizations would judge to be worthy, but would be unlikely to initiate on their own.
Together, members work to share information, identify needs and opportunities, and address gaps in research, programs, activities, and services relating to lung cancer. The strength of such a partnership, united in mission, enhances the work of each member and furthers the cause of lung cancer prevention early detection, and control.
Member organization recruitment began in mid-2017 and more than 80 organizations have officially become members. The inaugural NLCRT Annual meeting was held in Washington DC, in December 2017.