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  1. Landmark Cancer Study Reveals Problems with Health Care System

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    A landmark report illustrating the many physical, emotional, financial, practical and informational needs cancer patients experience during and after clinical treatment was released Wednesday by CancerCare, a national nonprofit organization that provides free psychosocial support, education and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer.

    The 2016 Patient Access and Engagement Report reflects the perspectives of more than 3,000 patients diverse in ethnicity, income, education, geography, age, insurance, cancer type and treatment stage regarding their understanding of their diagnosis and access to care, participation in treatment planning, communication and engagement with providers, insurance and financial issues, the impact of cancer on quality of life, and issues related to survivorship.

    The report’s findings include:

    • About one-third of respondents reported having inadequate information about the benefits, potential side effects and the goals of their treatment plan.
    • Receiving a cancer diagnosis prompted significant numbers of respondents under age 45 to have end-of-life discussions with family members. However, a significant proportion of respondents ages 45 and older had not communicated their wishes on these topics to family members or friends.
    • Respondents from all age groups had widespread misconceptions about palliative and hospice care.

    Full survey results are available at www.cancercare.org/accessengagementreport.

     

  2. Join us for a discussion in Atlanta

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    We sent the following message about an informative presentation featuring one of the country’s leading oncologists to our supporters in Georgia. If you’d like to attend this event, sign up here:

    Friend,

    Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be terrifying for both the person who is diagnosed and their family, but having the proper information at your disposal can make navigating the medical system much less intimidating. That’s why we’re hosting a presentation that will give you the tools to advocate for the care you or your loved one desires.

    Compassion & Choices will host an informational presentation by Dr. John Laszlo, MD, former director of clinical programs at Duke Cancer Center and national VP for research of the American Cancer Society.

    WHAT: The Person with Cancer and the Family: Questions, Options, Resources, and Care
    WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta
    WEHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2016 3:00-4:00 p.m.

    Click here to RSVP for this event.

    Dr. Laszlo’s presentation is titled The Person with Cancer and the Family: Questions, Options, Resources, and Care. While at Duke, Dr. Laszlo authored Understanding Cancer, an important piece of medical literature describing what cancer is, how to seek treatment, and how to best talk about cancer with your doctors.

    Feel free to bring a friend to this discussion with one of the country’s leading oncologists.

    For questions or further information contact Perry Mitchell at 404-373-0842 or [email protected]

    Click the link below to RSVP:

    https://www.compassionandchoices.org/dr-laszlo-presentation

    Thanks for all you do,

    Roland

    Roland Halpern
    Cultivation Manager