Join Us for Upcoming Event on Closing the Rural Cancer Care Gap

March 14, 2019

When
April 10, 2019 12:30 – 4:00 PM ET
Doors open at 12:30 for lunch and networking.
Program starts at 1:00.

Register now!

Where 
National Press Club
Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor
529 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20045 

Today, Americans diagnosed with cancer in rural areas face greater challenges in accessing cancer care, and as a result, they generally have worse outcomes than their urban and suburban counterparts. According to recent data:

  • Americans in rural areas have higher death rates for multiple common cancers – including lung, colorectal, prostate and cervical – than those living in urban areas.i
  • There are growing disparities in cancer death rates, which are decreasing at a slower pace in rural areas than in urban ones.
  • Four in 10 rural Americans who have or had cancer say there aren’t cancer specialists near their home.ii 

Today, Americans diagnosed with cancer in rural areas face greater challenges in accessing cancer care, and as a result, they generally have worse outcomes than their urban and suburban counterparts. According to recent data:

  • Americans in rural areas have higher death rates for multiple common cancers – including lung, colorectal, prostate and cervical – than those living in urban areas.i
  • There are growing disparities in cancer death rates, which are decreasing at a slower pace in rural areas than in urban ones.
  • Four in 10 rural Americans who have or had cancer say there aren’t cancer specialists near their home.ii 

On April 10, ASCO will convene some of the nation’s top physicians, advocates and rural health experts for a discussion on the challenges facing Americans living with cancer in rural areas and promising opportunities to improve outcomes. This event will explore a wide range of topics, including: 

  • Availability of cancer care specialists, transportation and financial barriers, and other access challenges
  • Technologies, programs to improve clinical trial access, and promising partnerships to help close access gaps and improve the delivery of rural cancer care 

Speakers

  • Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, President and Chair of the Board, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Oliver Bogler, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, ECHO Institute™
  • Leslie Byatt, CPhT, CCRC, New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance
  • Robert T. Croyle, PhD, Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute
  • Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FSCT, FASCO, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Hedvig Hricak, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Radiology, Carroll and Milton Petrie Chair, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Alan P. Lyss, MD, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Heartland Cancer Research NCI Community Oncology Research Program
  • Alan Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Association
  • Electra D. Paskett, PhD, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Ohio State University
  • Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control 

Can’t make it in person? The event will be broadcast live on Facebook. View full agenda.

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i Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Invasive Cancer Incidence, 2004–2013, and Deaths, 2006–2015, in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties — United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. July 2017.

ii 2018 National Cancer Opinion Survey, American Society of Clinical Oncology/The Harris Poll. October 2018.