Acclaimed actress and singer Bellamy Young lost her father to lung cancer, and she is now sharing her personal experience as part of Test. Talk. Take Action., a new awareness campaign focused on increasing people's understanding of biomarkers and the role they play in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The campaign - led by Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, in partnership with Young and leading lung cancer advocacy groups - encourages those impacted by NSCLC to learn about biomarkers and talk with their health care provider about testing. This Smart News Release features an interactive multimedia capsule. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161129005504/en/
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Biomarkers, substances that can be found in cancer cells, give doctors a more well-defined picture of a patient's lung cancer. In addition to being used to diagnose cancer, testing for biomarkers can help doctors make informed decisions about the most appropriate treatment for a patient's lung cancer. There are several different biomarkers that can be used to plan treatment in NSCLC. These include EGFR, ALK, ROS-1, and PD-L1. "One of the most important parts of the lung cancer journey is becoming informed about what you and your loved ones are facing," Young explained. "When my Pop was diagnosed with lung cancer, we felt helpless and confused. At the time, I just wanted more resources to help us understand and manage his treatment and care." Leading lung cancer patient advocacy groups supporting the program include Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Free to Breathe, Lung Cancer Alliance, Lung Cancer Foundation of America, Lung Cancer Research Foundation, and LUNGevity. These organizations have made it their mission to support people impacted by lung cancer through education, resources and research.