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Community Oncologists and Patients Stand Up for Cancer Care on Capitol Hill
Date:7/8/2009

WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Today almost 100 patients and oncologists, who are members of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), will meet on Capitol Hill to rally in support of health care reform, spotlighting cancer care and the needs of cancer patients. COA will announce and discuss the results of a nationwide survey of more than 1,000 Americans regarding their concerns about cancer treatment insurance coverage, the first survey to chronicle cancer care concerns in regards to healthcare reform.

Speakers include U.S. Representatives Gene Green (D-TX), and Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), as well as oncologists and cancer patients who will address why the country's cancer care delivery system is in jeopardy. Other Members are expected, but not confirmed upon release.

Additionally, COA leadership will review how recently proposed cuts in Medicare payments will accelerate this crisis, and discuss its support of recently introduced legislation that offers a solution.

"It is critical for cancer care to be included in the larger healthcare reform debate," said Representative Gene Green (D-TX). "As we address this national crisis, there is clearly a necessity to address the astronomical costs associated with the treatment and extensive services that millions of cancer patients need throughout the nation."

Immediately after the rally, oncologists and cancer patients from across the country will visit their Members of Congress and staff to discuss new legislation that focuses specifically on cancer care. It is the recommendation of these oncologists and patients that cancer care reform must be discussed separately from health care reform, as cancer is not as preventable as many other diseases, and is catastrophic in its impact, both physically and financially.

Survey Results Underscore Shortfalls in Patients' Cancer Care Coverage

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