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The History of Cancer Survivorship: A CPAN Advocacy Chat
On June 8 at 12 p.m. ET, Judy Pearson, a triple negative breast cancer survivor, founder and executive director of A 2nd Act, and author of From Shadows to Life: A Biography of the Cancer Survivorship Movement, joins Rose Gerber to share her insight on the history and current state of cancer survivorship. The cancer survivorship movement began in 1986. Prior to the 1970s, only 50 percent of those diagnosed with cancer survived their disease. And because of the fear that cancer was contagious, survivors lived as pariahs and often faced employment discrimination. Through persistent advocacy from patients, survivors, and physicians, cancer survivors came to be seen as normal, healthy citizens.

Rose and Judy will also discuss the current state of survivorship and the importance of the 4 main pillars of survivorship goals:

1. The medical community must always include survivorship in the cancer continuum, along with prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
2. It must ensure that late and long-term side effects are considered real and must be covered by health insurance plans.
3. It must ensure that the non-survivor population understands that cancer doesn’t end when treatment does.
4. And most important, the work we now do on behalf of the cancer survivorship movement must always be with a heart full of gratitude for the “small group of thoughtful, committed citizens” who have changed our world.

Attendees will also learn how A 2nd Act, a nonprofit organization, conducts workshops helping guide women survivors to discover the second act of the lives, and makes micro grants to survivors ready to launch or grow their second acts after cancer. Make sure you register and tune in for this exciting chat!

Jun 8, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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