There is no doubt that we are traveling through unchartered territory. Calls for social distancing, travel restrictions and lockdowns, may separate us physically, but we can still connect and support each other. No one should feel alone. This episode features questions we received from cancer patients and caregivers about the spread of the virus in general and its impact on the lives of people living with cancer specifically.
Our guests are:
Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham is associate professor and interim chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida (UF). She is associate director for Medical Affairs for the University of Florida Health Cancer Center, and she is a medical oncologist specializing in gynecologic cancers. She is chair of the ASCO Cancer Communications Committee and is the social media editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Michael Kolodziej is vice president and chief innovation officer at ADVI Health. His prior experience includes working at Aetna as National Medical Director, Oncology Solutions, where he directed Aetna’s oncology delivery reform pilots and was the architect of the Aetna Oncology Medical Home program. He also served as Medical Director for Oncology Services for U.S. Oncology from 2007 to 2011. Dr. Kolodziej is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has published and spoken extensively on payment reform, personalized medicine, and practice care delivery transformation in oncology.
Elizabeth Franklin serves as the Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Policy Institute. She was formerly Director of Policy and Engagement at the George Washington University Cancer Institute. Previously, she was Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Prevent Cancer Foundation as well as Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at the headquarters of the National Association of Social Workers. Elizabeth has a Bachelors, Masters, and in a few weeks will earn a doctorate in social work and has been working in oncology social work for almost 15 years.
The Cancer Support Community provides the content on this webpage for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute medical or legal advice and is not intended as a substitute for consultation with a licensed medical professional. Please follow the guidance and of state and federal health officials.
- An Inspirational Message from Dr. Jill Biden
- What is the Federal Government Doing to Help People Impacted by Coronavirus?
- Pride Month: Addressing and Overcoming Health Disparities for LGBTQ+ Cancer Patients
- What Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers Need to Know about the Coronavirus
- How to Stay Socially Active While Social Distancing