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Striking the Balance Part One: Introduction

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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2011

Eminent leaders and thinkers in the cancer community came together in early June 2010 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, or ASCO, for a first-of-its-kind round table event. The session, sponsored by Amgen and its Breakaway from CancerĀ® initiative, was designed to highlight potential areas for improvement throughout the spectrum of cancer care, and inspire action by establishing several mandates for change for the cancer community and health policymakers.

The round table event featured leaders from each of the four Breakaway from Cancer nonprofit organizations, distinguished community and academic oncologists Drs. Lee Schwartzberg and John Marshall, and special guest speaker Patrick Dempsey, actor and founder of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. The event was moderated by Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs and contributor to PBS NewsHour.

The first podcast provides an introduction to the round table participants, their background and their view of the importance of the event. The final podcast presents 10 mandates for change drafted and ratified by the partner organizations, which will form a road map for future advocacy efforts on behalf of people living with cancer.

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