Innovative Support Programs for Cancer Patients and Caregivers

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2013 approximately 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime. Each diagnosis sets off a ripple effect among the patient’s family and friends, caregivers, coworkers, employers and others. As cancer care evolves, greater responsibility is placed on the patient and family caregivers, raising vital policy implications.

While biomedical innovations in cancer treatment have increased survival rates, and in many cases enhanced the quality of life, there is still an increasing shift of patient care from the inpatient to the outpatient settings. Those changes mean patients, caregivers, employers, and payors are playing new roles in cancer treatment and recovery. These shifts in care settings place an increased burden of care outside the formal health care system and raise important policy implications, especially as the toll of chronic diseases in the U.S. continues to accelerate and impact our economy.

WellPoint and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) have collaborated since 2011 to host events for policymakers and influencers that highlight barriers and advance solutions for effective prevention and management of chronic disease. This event will bring together thought leaders in the world of cancer prevention, treatment, and care delivery to discuss:

  • Evolving models of cancer care;
  • Changing roles for patients, caregivers, payors, and employers;
  • Supporting caregivers and addressing health and other needs;
  • Solving challenges presented through innovative partnerships; and
  • Addressing policy implications raised by these changes.

Speakers include:

  • Kenneth Thorpe, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
  • Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD, Medical Director for Oncology Care Management, WellPoint, Inc.
  • Kald Abdallah, MD, PhD, Head of North America Medical Affairs – Immunology and Acting Head of Medical Affairs – Oncology, Sanofi
  • John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network

Thursday, November 14, 2013
11:45 a.m. (Lunch available)
Panel Discussion Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be served in compliance with the Widely Attended Event exception to the Congressional Gift Ban. 

Top of the Hill at the Reserve Officers Association
One Constitution Avenue, N.E. 
Washington, D.C. 20002
Ballroom B (5th Floor) 


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