Advocacy/Policy

Kerri Susko wears a black business suit and smiles from a wooden bridge beside trees
Read September 13, 2021

September Advocate Spotlight: Kerri Susko

This month’s featured cancer advocate is Kerri Susko, LISW-CP, OSW-C. Kerri is the Director of CSC at Prisma Health Cancer Institute. For other aspiring cancer advocates, she offers this advice: “The smallest step is a step toward change.” Read on to learn more about Kerri and how she's making an impact in the cancer community.
A woman talks with a registered dietitian in her office
Read September 9, 2021

Understanding Cancer Cachexia: Cancer-Related Weight and Muscle Loss

Weight loss is common among people with cancer, but drastic, unintentional weight and muscle loss may be a sign of a syndrome called cancer cachexia. While many people have never heard of the term cancer cachexia, it is estimated that half of all patients with cancer eventually develop this syndrome. Read on to learn more about cancer cachexia, its signs and symptoms, and how to get help from your health care team.
Abstract Painting
Listen August 17, 2021

Talking Health at the Barbershop

For many Black men, barbershops are a safe place to engage with their community and have meaningful conversations about issues that affect their lives. In...
Read August 12, 2021

August Advocate Spotlight: Rob Tufel

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in cancer advocacy. This month we spotlight Rob Tufel, MSW, MPH. Rob is CEO at the Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area and has worked in cancer advocacy for more than 25 years. Read on to learn more about Rob and his advocacy work.
Dr. Stephen Edge wears a suit and tie and smiles beside a window within a modern building
Read July 15, 2021

July Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Stephen B. Edge

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in cancer advocacy. Read on to learn more about Dr. Stephen B. Edge's work as a surgical oncologist and his passion for assuring that every person with cancer gets quality care.
CSC's June Advocate Spotlight, Maria Brown, smiles while standing beside her bike outside
Read June 10, 2021

June Advocate Spotlight: Maria Brown

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in cancer advocacy. Read on to learn more about Maria and her passion for ensuring that everyone impacted by cancer has access to affordable treatment.
A man lies in the grass at a park and smiles with friends
Read May 19, 2021

New Guidelines Recommend Colorectal Cancer Screening Start at Age 45

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently expanded recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. The task force now recommends that people at average risk for colorectal cancer begin screening at 45 years old—5 years earlier than previously recommended. Read part 3 in our 3-part blog series focused on colorectal cancer.
Lisa Simms Booth shares her story in our May 2021 Advocate Spotlight blog
Read May 17, 2021

May Advocate Spotlight: Lisa Simms Booth

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in health advocacy. Read on to learn more about Lisa, Executive Director of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, and her work in cancer advocacy.
A medical worker wearing a mask examines the arm of a patient who is also wearing a mask
Read May 3, 2021

The COVID-19 and Cancer Coalition Tackles Vaccines

Access to COVID-19 vaccines is top of mind for many people, especially those impacted by cancer. The COVID-19 and Cancer Coalition recently convened with vaccine experts to discuss barriers to vaccine access as well as future access challenges as states begin to open eligibility. Read on to learn more about and the status of COVID-19 vaccines and important findings on the impact of COVID-19 on people with cancer.