Take Action for World Cancer Day
The Cancer Support Community marked World Cancer Day with special activities to raise awareness of the patient experience and ways to ensure equal access to treatment for everyone. There are still many opportunities to get involved and advocate for the cancer community and health-equity policies.
Here are two activities to help you get started:
Show Your Support Today
One simple way you can advocate for cancer patients—right now—is by calling on the government to enact policies that ensure affordable and equitable access to treatment for everyone. Sign our statement urging the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to put cancer patients first.
In Case You Missed It
Three CSC experts—CEO Linda Bohannon, President Elizabeth Franklin, and Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute Phylicia Woods—answered questions from cancer patients and caregivers about proposed policies and other critical concerns that impact the cancer community.
Access to care was just one theme that emerged during the discussion. Guests peppered CSC’s experts with queries and comments about a range of topics, including:
Options to consider if you’ve lost your health insurance coverage
Post-traumatic stress disorder in the cancer experience
What you can do if you’re having trouble getting health coverage for side effects of treatment and surgery, such as lymphedema
What health organizations and the administration can do to encourage patients to resume their recommended cancer screenings
Advocacy, cancer research, and open enrollment were also top of mind. CSC’s experts addressed the following topics and more:
Ways you can elevate and amplify the voice of the cancer community
Actions CSC and other organizations are taking to address health disparities
How research funding leads to innovations in cancer treatments
Steps you can take to make informed choices when shopping for health insurance coverage on HealthCare.gov (the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period opens on February 15)
Don’t miss this important—and timely—discussion.