John and I attended COA's National Advocacy Conference

March 22-23, 2013 in Orlando

John and I were honored to be invited to become advocates for a wonderful organization that advocates for local affordable care for all cancer patients, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA). This marked the third year that patient advocates were invited to attended the meeting along with oncologists, nurses and health care admisitrators.  The Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) helps cancer survivors learn to reach out and share their stories with the public.  Patients from across the country gathered to map out a strategy for public, legislative and media outreach. 

The conference was also attended by health care professionals from community settings all across the US, where four out of five cancer patients are treated, ranging from private practice-based oncologists and oncology nurses to practice administrators.

"This conference is oncology's most inclusive venue in which physicians, administrators, nurses and other care team members come together with patients to address the many issues challenging oncology," said Dr. Mark Thompson, President of the Community Oncology Alliance.  "The Patient Advocacy Track is an important part of our commitment to protecting access to affordable community cancer care.  We must all be concerned with the future of cancer care because cancer touches everyone."

The COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) was created in 2010.  More information can be found at