Lung Cancer Initiative Awards Access Grant to Elon University to Prevent Falls in Lung Cancer Patients

Raleigh, NC, December 2, 2020 - Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI) has awarded an Access Grant to the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Elon University for their project that will be focused on fall prevention in lung cancer patients. The $9,984 grant will evaluate the risk of falling in individuals with a history of lung cancer, and those at high risk of falling will be offered a virtual, home-based intervention designed to improve physical function, and balance, with the goal of reducing future risk of falling.

“Individuals with histories of pulmonary disease and cancer tend to be at an increased risk of falling. Such falls can have serious consequences, negatively affecting overall health and quality of life,” said Dr. Beth Evans, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Education at Elon. “This Access Grant will enable us to design and implement a novel approach of using interactive and guided fall risk screenings and interventions in a virtual environment, which will increase its accessibility to lung cancer survivors across the state of North Carolina.”

Dr. Evans and her team will offer free interactive fall risk screenings for individuals with a history of lung cancer and a free guided exercise intervention, designed to improve physical function and balance, which will also be provided to individuals who are determined to be at a higher risk for falling. This project will be delivered virtually, thus improving its accessibility to individuals across the state of North Carolina.

Individuals with a history of lung dysfunction and cancer tend to be at an increased risk of falling, and such falls can result in serious health consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that “one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.” Given the implications of a fall on a lung cancer survivor’s overall health, assessing and addressing fall risk in this population carries great importance.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please fill out the form here to have a member of the project team contact you at your convenience. To be eligible for participation, you need to be an adult with a history of lung cancer living in North Carolina. 

The Lung Cancer Initiative began the Access Grant program in 2016 to provide support to local community organizations with projects aimed at increasing access to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical trials, molecular testing or precision medicine for uninsured or underinsured individuals. Since then Lung Cancer Initiative has awarded $115,000 to 11 community organizations across North Carolina. Learn more.

About Lung Cancer Initiative

As the state’s leading nonprofit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, the Lung Cancer Initiative specializes in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. The organization’s mission is to save lives and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs. For more information, or to get involved, please visit us at


For more information, contact (919) 784-0410 or Lane Moore, Communications & Development Specialist of Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, at or Paige Humble, Executive Director of Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, at

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