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Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT)

In-Person Symposium Waitlist

June 22-24, 2022

Crowne Plaza Crystal City
1480 Crystal Dr.
Arlington, VA 22202


Our in-person symposium in the Washington, DC area has reached the capacity limit. If you are interested in attending, learn more about the event below, and add your name to the waitlist at the bottom of this page, in case a spot opens up.

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Event Information

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:

  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of public policies impacting cancer patients and how to be a voice for policies that ensure survivors’ needs are at the center of every phase of cancer care delivery.
  • Showcase topics including mental health, communication, integrated oncology, and health equity.
  • Participate in advocate-led training with CUPID (Cancer in the Under-Privileged Indigent or Disadvantaged) medical students.
  • Facilitate advocates’ networking and ongoing engagement with NCCS.

There is limited event capacity and registration will close when we reach capacity.
This will not be a hybrid event and programming will only be available to those that attend.

The $100 registration fee includes most meals, programming, and entertainment on the evening of June 23rd.

COVID-19 Policy

In-person attendees must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. NCCS follows CDC masking guidelines and local laws and ordinances. Masking is encouraged and extra masks will be available at the Symposium.

Virtual Symposium and Virtual Hill Week Kickoff: July 11, 2022

In addition to the in-person symposium, NCCS will host a Virtual CPAT Symposium on July 11, 2022, followed by Virtual Hill visits with lawmakers July 12 – 15. Below, you will have the option to sign up for these virtual events in addition to the in-person symposium.

Can’t come to the in-person Symposium? Register for the Virtual CPAT Symposium and Virtual Hill Week »

Scholarship Applications

NCCS is pleased to provide scholarships for its CPAT members to attend the In-Person Symposium in the Washington, DC area. Advocate scholarships provide financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. We are currently at capacity for the event and Advocate Scholarships. If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the waitlist below.

Applicants must live in the United States.

Recipients must agree to use the scholarship to attend the entire CPAT Symposium, which begins at 5:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 22 and ends at 2:00 PM EDT on Friday, June 24.

By applying for and accepting a scholarship, recipients must agree to provide a brief testimonial (250 words) after the Symposium. The testimonial should summarize the recipient’s overall experience and the education they gained from attending the meeting. Recipients must agree that the testimonial or a portion thereof may be posted on NCCS’s website

If you accepted advocate scholarship funds in the past and did not attend, you are not eligible to apply again.

The CPAT registration discount is open to all who would like to attend the in-person CPAT Symposium.

Travel stipends and hotel accommodations will only be awarded to those that live more than 60 miles from the symposium location.


This year you will have the option of receiving reimbursement by direct deposit or check. By selecting direct deposit, NCCS will arrange to collect your account information prior to the symposium and your stipend will be directly deposited into your account during the symposium. Reimbursement checks will be distributed the morning of June 24 at breakfast. You must also turn in a completed Symposium evaluation. No checks will be distributed prior to the events on the morning of June 24. You must personally pick up your check.

Scholarship Details

CPAT Symposium Registration Discount

A registration discount code will be offered to offset $75 of the $100 registration fee for those who receive advocate scholarships. Final cost of CPAT Symposium Registration with the scholarship is $25. If you are unable to attend the symposium, the registration fee is refundable.


Advocate scholarships are awarded as travel stipends based on distance from conference location:

  • $200 for VA, MD, WV, or DE residents who live more than 60 miles from the Symposium location.
  • $300 for residents of AL, CT, FL, GA, IN, MA, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, and VT.
  • $400 for residents of AR, AZ, CO, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, LA, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, TX, UT, WI, and WY.
  • $500 for residents of AK, CA, HI, OR, and WA.

Note: Travel stipends have increased this year to cover the cost of purchasing tickets that are refundable. NCCS will not provide travel stipend reimbursement due to illness, changes in COVID-19 precautions, or unforeseen circumstances. Direct deposit and check reimbursement will only be provided to those in attendance at the symposium.

Hotel Accommodations

Advocate scholarships also include two nights of hotel accommodations (room+tax) – June 22 and June 23 at the Crowne Plaza Crystal City. You must live more than 60 miles from the conference location to be eligible for hotel accommodations. You are responsible for any charges to the room and if damages occur. NCCS will pay the hotel directly for your room.

NCCS will add $100 to the travel stipend for each attendee who chooses to share a room. We ask that you identify a roommate with whom you would like to share. You can search for a roommate on our CPAT Members Facebook group. Please visit the Events section of the CPAT Members group page (request to join—if you are a CPAT member, you will be accepted). Once there, join 2022 CPAT Symposium to connect with other conference attendees and find a roommate.

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at

Waitlist Form

The In-Person CPAT Symposium has reached our capacity limit. If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the waitlist below. We will notify you if a registration spot opens up.