About Us

Vital Options International (VOI) is a nonprofit cancer communication, education, and advocacy organization with a special mission: Generating global cancer conversations.

Covering the diverse issues that comprise the central cancer experience, VOI creates a continuing and timely platform of programming that informs and inspires the entire cancer community and leads to more responsive calls to action by

VOI was founded in 1983 by Selma Schimmel as the first nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young adults with cancer.  In 1996, it launched The Group Room radio show and developed into an international cancer communications organization serving all age groups and cancer types.

Today, through our Advocacy in Action®Vital Conversations, and Living With Cancer platforms, we continue to lead the most meaningful panel discussions and engaging one-on-one interviews about clinical trials, treatment advances, psychosocial issues, and access to care – all the vital challenges faced by everyone in the global cancer community.

A Message from the VOI Board

Welcome to Vital Options International! From a culminating 30+ years as an innovative leader in cancer advocacy, today we launch a fresh new face that represents a pivotal chapter in the life of this organization. With new branding, streamlined communication platforms, and renewed energy, we are committed to our mission, generating global cancer conversations.

Vital Options International continues to bring you access to dialogues with patients, medical professionals and advocates from across the globe that ultimately enlighten, engage and empower you to understand the heart of the cancer experience.

Thank you for engaging with us. We hope you'll check back often for updates, join our community, interact through our social media, share our video resources with others and let us know what topics you would like to hear about. With your input and support, vital awareness of all our options becomes clearer.

Tributes to Our Founder, Selma Schimmel

On August 10, 2014 we paid a final tribute to our founder, Selma Schimmel. Among family and friends she was remembered through video and speeches. Below is a playlist of that event. Please note that this playlist contains 20 tribute videos that play one after the other.

Vital Options International provides this information and content in order to create awareness, educate, and generate discussions with healthcare providers. This information is not a substitute for the medical care and advice you receive from your own professional medical team. Vital Options International recommends that you consult with your doctor or other healthcare professional about the information presented to determine its relevance for your care.