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Advocate Spotlight: Heather Badt

Monday, July 15, 2019

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute 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 July 2019, and her background as a cancer survivor turned advocate. 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!

Navajo Nation Gets Big Press

Monday, July 8, 2019

This May, we visited the Navajo Nation to mark the opening of the first full-time cancer center on an American Indian Reservation. Since then, two major media companies spotlighted our work with the Navajo Nation and health leaders to create the first full-time cancer care center on an American Indian reservation.

Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month: What Do You Need to Know?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

To recognize Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month this month, we answer some commonly asked questions and offer resources to learn more about this treatment.

The High Cost of Five Percent: The Importance of Capping Annual Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Costs for Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Approximately 43 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare Part D - a voluntary outpatient benefit provided through private health insurance plans approved by the federal government. These plans assist seniors in affording their prescription medications. However, for people with complex and serious health conditions who depend on high-cost drugs, affording medications under Medicare Part D is becoming more and more difficult. Read our break-down of the different payment phases in Medicare Part D and an explanation of why imposing a cap (limit) on the amount beneficiaries pay out-of-pocket each year for prescription drugs is more important than ever.

CSC Earns 12 Digital Health Awards

Monday, June 17, 2019

Last Friday, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) was honored with 12 Digital Health Awards by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC). The Digital Health Awards are held twice each year and are organized by HIRC, a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields.

Set Your DVR for this Sunday, June 9

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

On Sunday, June 9 as part of the 73rd annual Tony Awards, we will have the opportunity to celebrate the legacy of a great champion for cancer patients and their loved ones.

The late CSC Champion and three-time Tony Award nominee and 2017 American Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee Marin Mazzie will be honored with a special Tony Award in recognition of her leadership within the theatre community for women’s health issues and her support of organizations such as the Cancer Support Community.

Symptom Burden, Relationships, and Health Care Communication: Considerations for Lung Cancer Survivorship

Monday, June 3, 2019

From May 31st through June 4th, the Cancer Support Community will be in Chicago, IL at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Annual Conference. As part of this conference, our Research and Training Institute (RTI) released findings of a study on over 200 adult patients with a diagnosis of lung cancer.

Medicare Part D Cancer Drugs Continue to be Protected

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Medicare Part D is a voluntary outpatient prescription drug benefit to assist people in affording their prescription medications. Part D benefits are provided through private health insurance plans and approved by the federal government. Participants in Part D are able to choose between supplementing their traditional Medicare with a stand-alone prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan that is part of and includes other aspects of Medicare. In November, 2018 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule for Part D that would have changed the special coverage protections for medications included in the six protected classes.

Tribal and Health Leaders Mark Major Advancement in Cancer Care for American Indians

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Leaders of the Navajo Nation, the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC), and the Cancer Support Community (CSC) joined Dr. Jill Biden on the Navajo Nation in marking a milestone moment: the opening of the first full-time cancer care center on an American Indian Reservation.

Cancer Caregiver Concerns of Patients' Diet and Weight Management: Practical and Psychosocial Concerns

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

On May 16, 2019 our Research and Training Institute (RTI) presented findings of a study on more than 120 current cancer caregivers at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) 2019 Research Conference: Diet, Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer. Below is a post from the research team about the significance of their findings for the caregiver community.

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