Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT) Symposium Registration

June 26 – 28, 2024

Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

1999 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202

The CPAT Symposium is an opportunity to network with other advocates, develop advocacy skills, and learn about cancer policy issues — all in support of NCCS’s mission of improving the quality of cancer care for everyone touched by cancer. Goals for symposium participants are as follows:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of survivorship legislation and visit Capitol Hill to share your story with legislators and advocate for the legislation.
  • Learn about topics including palliative care, patient-doctor communication, and supporting caregivers.
  • Participate in advocate-led activities with medical students from the CUPID (Cancer in the Under-Privileged Indigent or Disadvantaged) program.
  • Network with other advocates and engage with the NCCS team.

How To Attend

NCCS receives grant funding to host the CPAT Symposium, and we strive to make it affordable and accessible to advocates. Registration fees paid by advocates cover a small portion of NCCS’ expense for the conference. We need your help to keep the CPAT Symposium affordable to all advocates.

The early-bird registration period has closed. Starting April 1, the registration fee is $150.

Here is how you can attend the CPAT Symposium:

  1. Cover the travel (use your frequent flyer miles) and/or book your own hotel accommodations.
  2. Apply for an Advocate Scholarship. [NOW CLOSED: We are no longer accepting new applications. Please email Veronika Panagiotou at if you have any questions or concerns.] The scholarship provides financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. If you qualify for the advocate scholarship, please apply for it before completing the registration below.

The CPAT Symposium has limited event capacity.

If you are unable to attend the Symposium, the registration fee is refundable before May 31, 2024.

Survivorship Challenge: DC or Bust

Advocates on Capitol Hill on Hill Day 2023

Join the Survivorship Challenge: DC or Bust fundraiser to raise funds for NCCS and help other survivor advocates attend the CPAT Symposium. If you raise $500 or more, you are eligible to take part in a guided tour of the Capitol!

We recommend that you first read the Survivorship Challenge Fundraising Guide and then create your fundraising page here. NCCS will hold an informational webinar in February to provide tips for a successful fundraiser.

Learn More and Create Your Fundraiser

If you have questions or concerns about the fundraiser, please email Karen Wilson at


We have reached event capacity for the 2024 CPAT Symposium. You may only register if you are a CUPID Program Participant or a Scholarship Recipient.

If you have questions or concerns, please email Veronika Panagiotou, PhD at