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Giving Voice to Patients' Concerns // Fighting for Patients' Needs

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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.

Reflections on Selma

One year ago today, we lost our founder -- Selma Schimmel. In the weeks and months since, we have kept true to Selma's mission and tried to extend her work even further. You will be hearing from us as we visit her accomplishments through the decades over the summer, culminating on her 61st birthday -- September 16th. She left us with an incredible legacy with which to continue her vision. And we are doing just that as we continue to raise our voice on behalf of patients.

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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