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Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT)

The NCCS Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT) is a program for survivors and caregivers to learn about pressing policy issues that affect quality cancer care in order to be engaged as advocates in public policy around the needs of cancer survivors.

Led by the CPAT Steering Committee, CPAT provides cancer survivors and caregivers with tools and training that build upon their personal experiences to become effective advocates to improve cancer care.

The CPAT webinars, newsletters, online forum, and conferences for offer advocates different ways to learn and to discuss current issues, programs, and policies that affect the cancer community and to take action as appropriate.

2022 CPAT Symposium Events

This year, NCCS will host two CPAT Symposium events and a Virtual Hill Week. Our in-person symposium in the Washington, DC area has reached the capacity limit. NCCS recognizes that due to our limited capacity and the ongoing pandemic, the in-person symposium will not be able to accommodate everyone. This year we are offering a Virtual CPAT Symposium on July 11, 2022 to kick off Virtual Hill Week.

CPAT Webinar: Survivorship Needs for People Living with Advanced and Metastatic Cancers

Michelle Mollica PhD Webinar Survivorship Needs for People with Metastatic and Advanced CancersDr. Michelle Mollica, Senior Advisor at the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Office of Cancer Survivorship, joined NCCS to discuss NCI’s recent efforts focused on understanding and addressing the survivorship needs for the growing population of survivors living with advanced and metastatic cancers. Bethany Ross, CPAT Steering Committee Member and Advocate, also participated in the discussion, sharing the challenges of being a young adult living with advanced and metastatic cancer. In this webinar, you’ll learn the findings from NCI’s research, and what the next steps are for supporting those living with advanced and metastatic cancers.

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Become a CPAT Member for Free

CPAT Capitol askboxNo one knows where or how to improve cancer care better than you—someone who has experienced it as a patient or caregiver. That’s why more than 700 advocates have joined the NCCS Cancer Policy and Advocacy Team (CPAT), a program designed to provide those touched by cancer with the tools and training to apply their experiences to become empowered advocates.

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