AtlanticLIVE 2017 Series

Cancer and the Community

AtlanticLIVE, underwritten by Bristol Myers Squibb, is driving the conversations that address national cancer treatment challenges where they happen—in local communities.

Cancer and the Community


e are underwriting AtlanticLIVE, the events branch of The Atlantic, Cancer and the Community event series. Taking place throughout 2017, the series convenes stakeholders from across the cancer treatment continuum to address challenges and collaborate on innovative solutions through intimate roundtable discussions and engaging public forums.

From Louisville, KY to Washington, D.C., AtlanticLIVE is taking this important dialogue on the road to the nation’s communities with some of the greatest stakes in cancer care today. We have much to learn from our localities and will be sharing our insights from each discussion throughout the journey.

AtlanticLIVE Series Recap Video

Cancer and the Community Series | December 21, 2017

The 2017 Cancer and the Community series shed light on unique barriers facing many  communities when it comes to cancer care. We participated in conversations with key players from across the healthcare continuum and addressed cancer care challenges, from access to hospitals to relationships between private and public sectors, and the importance of collaboration to get the right kind of care to patients where they need it.


We spent time with cancer experts, getting their various perspectives on these important issues and how to move forward for the betterment of the broader cancer community.


Watch the video to the left to hear the resounding themes throughout the series, and stay tuned to hear what we can achieve together as we continue this series in 2018.

Washington D.C. Roundtable

Taking Action | November 7, 2017

The Cancer and the Community series started in Louisville, Kentucky, the nation’s “cancer capital”, where we learned the local culture surrounding cancer can have a real impact on the quality and accessibility of care. In April, we made our way to Tampa, Florida, a region with a dense aging population, to explore cancer survivorship, finding that care must be given holistically, from the onset of a patient’s cancer journey to their experience beyond the disease. After robust conversations in Las Vegas, we found one of the ways to decrease access disparities is to work towards increasing the number of practicing oncologists and care centers for patients to receive care locally without having to travel long distances. 


To discuss where we’ve come from, what we’ve learned and what next steps should be taken to move forward to extend healthcare benefits for as many patients as possible, we gathered in Washington D.C. with key healthcare stakeholders in both the private and the public sectors. To truly change cancer care, we need to collaborate with members across all communities to ensure patients get the right care where they need it, at the right time. 


Watch the video left and click below for a recap on what we learned during our Cancer in the Community initiative, and how we can take action against cancer care disparities as we move forward in partnership. 

Las Vegas, NV Forum

No One-size-fits-all Approach to Cancer Care | September 20, 2017

We made our way across the United States for our third stop in the Cancer and the Community series to Las Vegas, NV, a state which—with shortages of community hospitals, oncologists, medical students, cross-cultural communications, and funding—is ranked #1 for adults without a consistent place of medical care. As a result, the emergency rooms in Nevada hospitals often serve as a patient’s sole access to care. In this state,  disparities in access go beyond just the ability to pay for care.


During a time where healthcare professionals are taking an increasingly personalized approach to care, convening this conversation among pivotal cancer community representatives allowed us to explore some of the greatest barriers and discuss creative solutions to help drive equal access to potentially life-saving treatment, care, and clinical trials in U.S. communities with limited local resources. 


Watch the video to the left or click below to explore more about the importance of bringing quality healthcare to local communities and for more outcomes from the Las Vegas Forum.

Tampa, FL Forum

Rethinking the New Survivorship | April 25, 2017

The second stop of the series led us to Tampa, home to the state with the nation’s largest senior population, where we built upon the Cancer and the Community conversation by exploring cancer survivorship in the aging population and how it impacts patients, caregivers and society. Key members of the cancer care community convened to better understand the challenges survivors face and how collaboration on a local level can help address them.


Watch the video to the left or click below for more insights on how survivorship is changing the way we address post-cancer care.

Louisville, KY Roundtable

Tackling the Cancer Crisis | March 6, 2017

The series kicked off in Kentucky, the nation’s “cancer capital,” where key local, regional and national thought leaders convened to address the cancer crisis and what can be done to reduce the state’s skyrocketing cancer incidence and mortality rates and ensure more people have access to cancer screening, treatment and comprehensive care.


Watch the video to the left or click below to learn more about the cancer epidemic in Kentucky and what we learned from our discussion.