Lung Health

Tribute to Kate Hodges, Lung Cancer Patient Ambassador

Me te aroha tino nui atu (with deepest sympathy) We are deeply affected and grieving, because our dear friend, lung cancer patient ambassador, Kate Hodges (50), a devoted wife and mother, died on Wednesday, 1st April, the result of advanced lung cancer. Kate had moved to receive respite care at hospice, the same day as […]

Submission to the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill

LFNZ is strongly in favour of resourcing programmes that increase complete smoking cessation, rather than encouraging people who smoke to switch their nicotine addiction. The scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of vaping (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or ENDS) as a smoking cessation aid is still being debated, this is partly due to the diversity of […]

Questions for Pharmac as lung cancer patients continue to die prematurely

We have written to the Health Select Committee, further to our petition, urging that lung cancer be declared a national health priority and for the three remaining treatments we recommended last March be funded in 1st line for lung Cancer. Key facts – – Lung cancer patients suffer premature death in New Zealand, because they […]

Submission for the Inquiry into health inequities for Maori

Lung Foundation New Zealand, filed a submission for the inquiry into health inequities for Maori, which has been led by the Maori Affairs Committee. LFNZ presented to the committee on Monday 4th November and answered questions pertaining to its submission. We hope this inquiry will help NZ take the bold steps ahead that will eliminate […]

Our submission to the Health Select Committee

We recently presented to the Health Select Committee. Sincere thanks to the many brave patients and carers for their letters, which highlight the terrible inequity that exists for lung cancer in NZ. Click to view our submission – 2019 July – Lung Foundation NZ – Health Select Committee – Hearing for Lung Cancer Petition Petition […]

Sign our Petition

Please stand with us by signing this petition. Together we can call on the Government to declare lung cancer a health priority and to approve additional budget for Pharmac to fund lung cancer medications, including Keytruda, Alectinib, Osimertinib and Crizotinib, for all Kiwis with advanced lung cancer, irrespective of socio-economic status. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_86322/petition-of-philip-hope-for-lung-foundation-new-zealand?fbclid=IwAR0Er6gNod70xvpB1kq3bBVa0LExrfq8GSWo7Gv3KvV-Jr9vwb8mL-NsrDs

Submission to Pharmac – includes letters from lung cancer patients

Lung Foundation NZ has filed a submission with Pharmac, urging them to do better for lung cancer – NZ’s Biggest Cancer Killer. A staggering imbalance exists, because of underfunding by Pharmac. For example; the top 3 lung cancer drugs reimbursed in NZ, represents less than 3% of the top 5 cancer drugs funded, despite lung […]