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Advocacy in Action: How Do We Help Patient Advocates Find Their Power?

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Published on Jul 18, 2012

This Advocacy in Action episode talks about helping patients to find their power and voice in advocating public policy issues. What are the psychosocial barriers that need to be overcome?

Public policies may encourage or prohibit further advancements or access to the latest care and treatments. Although cancer survivors are more likely to return to their jobs and families, they are forever changed by their experiences. Legislators may have a different view the role of public policies after they consider the issues of cancer survivors and their families.

There are many legislative and regulatory issues that surround Public Policy Advocacy and impact oncology care and that influence clinical advancements and access to treatment.

Some of the issues in cancer public policy include:
• Drug Shortages
• Advanced Cancer Care Planning
• NIH/NCI/FDA Appropriations
• Access to Care
• Value in Cancer Care
• Drug Safety
• Reimbursement
• Medicare

Joining Vital Options CEO, Selma Schimmel, as co-moderators for Public Policy Advocacy in Cancer Care will be Nancy Davenport-Ennis, Patient Advocate Foundation; Linda House, Cancer Support Community; Ted Okon, Community Oncology Alliance; Charles Penley, MD, ASCO Government Relations Committee; and Scott Williams, Men's Health Network.

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