CPAN Advocacy Chat: Between Life and Death: From Despair to Hope

December 9, 2020 at 12 pm ET Advances in medicine, technology, and knowledge have increased the chances that patients with cancer will survive their disease. Some patients will not survive a cancer diagnosis, however, which means that physicians must prepare patients for the possibility of end of life care and even acceptance of death. On

CPAN Advocacy Chat: The 2020 State of Cancer Survivorship

With over 17 million cancer survivors in the US, the November 2020 Advocacy Chat will provide insight into the perspectives on the cancer survivorship journey. Rose Gerber, COA’s Director of Patient Advocacy and Education, and Shelley Fuld Nasso, Chief Executive Officer, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), will discuss the NCCS’s 2020 State of Cancer

October 2020 News Bulletin and Updates

Some insurers require patients and oncologists to use drugs delivered by their preferred third-party pharmacies (also referred to as specialty pharmacies) or make patients face higher out-of-pocket costs. This is called "white" or "brown" bagging, depending on how it is mandated, and these policies interfere with oncologists’ ability to treat patients safely, which may put

CPAN Advocacy Chat: Emotional and Financial Resources for Cancer Patients

September 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET Cancer patients need compassion, care, and access to resources. Our special guest was Patricia Goldsmith, CEO of CancerCare, a leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer. Trish joined Rose Gerber, COA Director of

September 2020 News Bulletin and Updates

Cancer changes many aspects of a person’s life and can reduce income, free time, and more. That is why it is critical for patients with cancer to know about the wide array of emotional, financial, and practical resources that are available to support them. Join the Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) for a

August 2020 News Bulletin and Updates

What do real estate and cancer care have in common? Location, location, location. Where you receive cancer care can affect price, quality, your free time, and so much more. Join Rose Gerber, COA’s Director of Patient Advocacy and Education and Mark Thompson, MD, COA’s Medical Director of Public Policy and a former medical oncologist on

CPAN Advocacy Chat: Where You’re Treated Makes a Difference

August 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET There are many places where people with cancer can go for treatment, but not all cancer care is created equally. Community oncology is different because the doctors responsible for treating patients actually own and operate their local practices. Receiving cancer care at practices right in their own community

CPAN Hosts First Ever Free Virtual Summit for Cancer Patients

In response to the upheaval of the health care system due to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) hosted the first ever Community Oncology Advocacy Summit: Cancer Care in a COVID-19 World on Wednesday. More than 800 attendees, which included patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, professionals, and others, joined for a

From Patient to National Advocate

Rose Gerber's Journey to Put Patients in the Driver's Seat Being diagnosed with cancer while I was a young mother was an experience that I will never forget. When I was filled with despair, my care providers played a key role in providing me with hope. I was given resources, advice, support, and much more

COA Patient Advocacy Network News – July 2020

Final call for registration: Virtual Community Oncology Advocacy summit is next week on July 15. There is still time to register for our first-ever Virtual Community Oncology Advocacy Summit: Cancer Care in a COVID-19 World on July 15, 2020! Join us for an exciting day featuring updates on the latest in cancer policy and legislation,