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Keeping the Promise of Cancer Care for the Whole Patient
Date:6/19/2013

(PRWEB) June 19, 2013

The Cancer Support Community (CSC), an international nonprofit organization, will celebrate the promise of cancer care for the whole patient with the launch today of the Cancer Policy Institute at the Cancer Support Community. This inaugural event, held at the Newseum, will feature a keynote address by Ezekiel Emanuel, MD., Ph.D., recognition of Congress members who have made a significant impact on cancer issues and the voices of patients and families currently engaged in the cancer journey.

The Cancer Policy Institute at the Cancer Support Community was formed to advance the idea that all people impacted by cancer should be empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. The Institute is partnering with a number of cancer advocacy organizations, think-tanks and other public policy influencers to promote comprehensive, quality cancer care that includes medical as well as social and emotional care.

“As the ever-changing cancer landscape is becoming more complex, it is important to ensure that the voices of patients and their families are heard by Congress, regulatory agencies and state and local governments,” said Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community. “We are excited to work with our advisors and advocates to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”

A leader in the patient-centered movement in cancer care, the Cancer Support Community, formed by the union of The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide, reaches more than one million people impacted by cancer each year with social and emotional support, wellness and educational programs, all delivered at no charge face-to-face, online and over the phone. These direct patient services, coupled with the only Research and Training Institute dedicated to understanding the full cancer patient experience, position CSC to lead the charge of integrating social and emotional car
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