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Patricia J. Goldsmith, CEO of CancerCare®, to Speak at Free Virtual Advocacy Summit for Patients with Cancer

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In response to the upheaval of the health care system due to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) and Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) will host the Community Oncology Advocacy Summit: Cancer Care in a COVID-19 World on July 15, 2020. CancerCare’s CEO, Patricia J. Goldsmith, will present to attendees, which includes patients, caregivers, and other physicians.

Ms. Goldsmith will represent the voice of cancer patients and their caregivers who have been impacted by COVID-19. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March of 2020, CancerCare has directly served nearly 30,000 new clients affected by cancer.

Additionally, the Advocacy Summit will feature other sessions on cancer policy in Washington, prior authorization, emerging pharmacy benefit manager practices, how practice operations have changed due to COVID-19, and new tools like telemedicine.

“I’m honored to speak at the Community Oncology Advocacy Summit. As a cancer survivor myself, I know how important advocating for patients is,” said Goldsmith. “For over 75 years, CancerCare has pioneered the importance of addressing what matters most to patients and their families through free services. I’ve always been proud of the work we do, and it has been especially rewarding to work alongside my colleagues to identify and respond to the unique needs of cancer patients throughout the coronavirus pandemic.”

Presentations and recordings of the virtual Community Oncology Advocacy Summit: Cancer Care in a COVID-19 World will be posted for on-demand viewing by registered attendees at after the Summit takes place.

About Cancer*Care*

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include resource navigation, counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by master’s-prepared oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

To learn more, visit or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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