Cancer is a terrible disease. That is why our organization has been focused on research and education in prevention for 25 years, and why we continue to fund research, education and screening directed towards prevention, risk reduction and screening.
And while a cancer diagnosis is devastating, there is a strong support system that exists for patients through a network of non-profit organizations. Prevent Cancer Foundation has joined with Amgen, the Cancer Support Community, the Patient Advocate Foundation and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship in a campaign called Breakaway from Cancer, which highlights the resources available to the public through our organizations from prevention through survivorship.
In June of 2010, as part of the Breakaway from Cancer Campaign, we participated in a policy discussion at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) called “Striking the Balance.” Our Striking the Balance discussion identified areas for improvement in the spectrum of cancer prevention and care, and identified several actions steps to take to enable these improvements. The discussion included leaders from all four organizations, including our President and Founder, Carolyn Aldige, as well as oncologists Lee Schwartzberg and John Marshall, moderator Susan Dentzer and special guest Patrick Dempsey who participated via Skype. We are pleased to make this panel discussion available to you through the Breakaway from Cancer Website (www.breakawayfromcancer.com) through a series of podcasts.
On Wednesday, October 20th, we posted parts 1 and 2 of the series on breakawayfromcancer.com. Parts 3 and 4 will be posted on the website on Wednesday, October 27th and Wednesday, November 3rd, respectively.
I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to listen to the perspectives of this expert panel and lively discussion!