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Advocate Spotlight: Yovana Portillo, Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Each month, the Cancer Policy Insitute profiles advocates who have been engaged in advocacy in their home state, their community, with elected officials, and more. Read on to learn more about our featured advocate for the month of October and her passion to advocate for and destigmatize lung cancer. If you are interested in learning more about policy, advocacy, and ways to get involved, sign up to be a part of the Grassroots Network!

Advocate Spotlight: Michael Holtz, Knoxville, Tennessee

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Each month, the Cancer Policy Insitute profiles advocates who have been engaged in advocacy in their home state, their community, with elected officials, and more. Read on to learn more about our featured advocate for the month of September and his passion to advocate for education, patient support, and policy change. If you are interested in learning more about policy, advocacy, and ways to get involved, sign up to be a part of the Grassroots Network!

Advocate Spotlight: Mirchelle Louis, Dallas, Texas

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Each month, the Cancer Policy Insitute will be profiling advocates who have been engaged in advocacy in their home state, their community, with elected officials, and more. Read on to learn more about our featured advocate for the month of August and her passion for defending and increasing access to health care for all . If you are interested in learning more about policy, advocacy, and ways to get involved, sign up to be a part of the Grassroots Network!

Dr. Jill Biden Hears from CSC Caregiver at SXSW

Monday, March 12, 2018

Over the weekend, you might have seen the hashtag #cancerFIERCE coming out of the social media coverage of South by Southwest (SXSW).

That is because Dr. Jill Biden and other leaders with the Biden Cancer Initiative were at the gathering in Austin, TX to put the organization’s work front and center at a gathering of leading thinkers and entrepreneurs.

As part of Dr. Biden’s #cancerFIERCE visit to SXSW, she met with cancer patients, caregivers, and advocates, including Mike DiMascio.

Left Behind: Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, often referred to as “AYAs,” are loosely defined as people ages 15-39 years old. People on the younger side of this range often get treatment tailored to children, and people on the older side of this range often get treatment tailored to older individuals. The issue here is that AYAs have specific needs that children and older people with cancer don’t necessarily have.

How Can You Be a Cancer Patient Advocate?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Health care policy is often disconnected from patients, especially cancer patients. Medicare and Medicaid policy can impact a family’s ability to afford chemotherapy and have an impact not only on the cancer patient but on the entire family. If the price of cancer medications is so high that people can’t afford to put food on the table, then health care policy is not working for patients.

A Night with Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley

Monday, June 12, 2017

On May 31st, I had the absolute pleasure of watching Marin Mazzie sing these words during “Broadway & Beyond,” a night of powerhouse musical performances by Mazzie and her husband Jason Danieley.

What Can a Little Cancer Support Lead To?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

When I was 46-year-old, as a single father of my son Joel, who is 13, I tried to go to a Boy Scout camp that required a medical release form. But my doctor insisted on doing a physical before signing it. Because of this, a life-saving PSA test was given. A PSA of 19 led to a biopsy, which discovered a Gleason score of 9, and I had to tell my son that I had prostate cancer.

Understanding Clinical Trials

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Clinical trials can offer cancer patients access to the most innovative treatments, high levels of care and hope for a better future. Yet, fewer than 5% of adults with cancer participate in clinical trials. One year ago, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) created an online survey focused on cancer clinical trials with the goal of using the information to design an educational program. Results from this survey highlighting the experiences, beliefs, and preferences of cancer patients as they relate to clinical trials were published in a report that is now available to the public.

Act Now: Making a Difference in Cancer Policy

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

This month, we’re continuing our Many Faces of Advocacy campaign by highlighting policy advocacy. Policy advocacy is probably what you first think of when you hear the word “advocacy.” A cancer policy advocate pushes for changes in government that will improve the lives of people affected by cancer. This can come in many forms, from writing a letter to your congressional representatives to spreading the word about important legislation using social media.

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