• Defining the Role of the Advocate and Overcoming Barriers to Access
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Giving Voice to Patients' Concerns // Fighting for Patients' Needs


Accelerating Innovation: Living Longer and Stronger

Our expert panel and patient contributors will discuss: Accelerating innovation in cancer medicines: the role research and development plays in fighting cancer; and why it’s worth it -- Why are expedited approvals so important morally and economically? -- Breaking down barriers to accessing new cancer medicines: hearing from patients themselves on what they need and why they need it

Right Patient. Right Treatment. Right Now!

Our panel of patients and experts will discuss: Removing barriers to access: low reimbursement for cancer therapies through large copays and high tiers, lower reimbursement rates for oral therapies and delayed access to new treatments because of fail first/step policies. -- Expedited Approvals: patients with critical conditions need access sooner; shorter approval times can save billions in development costs, while faster responsible access can save lives.

Vital Item Of the Day

How many doctors does it take to prescribe better policies for patients? Obviously more than 118.

The journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings has published a commentary signed by 118 physicians focusing broadly (and only) on the cost of cancer pharmaceuticals.

A large group to be sure, but we were looking for bigger ideas.

Featured Programs

Advocacy in Action

Our Advocacy in Action video series is at the forefront of fighting for access to vital treatments and accelerating innovation so the right patient gets the right treatment ... today. We capture our events live at conferences around the world bringing policy makers, patients, caregivers, advocates and healthcare professionals to the conversation and creating decisive calls to action.

Vital Conversations

Vital Conversations is our collection of interviews and discussions that provide an in-depth look and insightful exchange on the leading cancer topics. We’re not just talking here -- we are getting to the heart of the individual, the core of the cancer issue and the most vital information that people need to know.

Living With Cancer

No patient’s life is ever the same after a cancer diagnosis. That’s why our series focuses on more than dealing with cancer – these are the remarkable treatment and survivorship stories of the brave and inspiring men and women who are showing all of us how they are focused, determined … and living with cancer.

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