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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Stephen Schneider Keynotes Annual Conference of Community Oncologists
Date:2/5/2009

time, the conference will host a "Town Hall" meeting to provide cancer care professionals at all levels with the opportunity to discuss these and other pressing issues facing community oncology. The open-mike session will be hosted by Lee Schwartzberg, M.D., a practicing medical oncologist and chairman of the conference, along with Ted Okon, COA's executive director.

Dr. Schwartzberg will also moderate a panel on "The $96 Billion Dilemma: Who Will Pay for Cancer Care?" The panel highlights a pressing issue for community oncologists, who treat 84 percent of cancer patients. Many are being forced to close their offices as government and insurance reimbursements no longer cover the costs of cancer drugs and the costs to treat patients.

Documentary filmmaker, Gordon Quinn, the executive producer of "Hoop Dreams" and who has been diagnosed with leukemia, will participate in the panel discussion, "Living with the Specter of Cancer."

The conference is sponsored by Community Oncology Alliance; Community Oncology, the Elsevier publication that serves as an invaluable resource for oncology practitioners in private practice; Reed Medical Education and Mosby's Office of Nursing Continuing Education, Elsevier companies which provide continuing medical education to healthcare professionals.

About Community Oncology Alliance (COA)

COA is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to community oncology. COA was founded by community oncology to advocate for patients and providers in the community oncology setting, where 84% of Americans with cancer are treated. In only six years of existence, COA has mobilized community oncology to become more politically active, and increased awareness on Capitol Hill about the community cancer care delivery system. Additionally, COA has brought together community oncology practices from across the country to share information in order to enhance the effe
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