Connecting Communities to Advance Cancer Care

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Getting the right experts together brings power.

With The Atlantic, we convened 530+ health and community leaders in cities and towns across the U.S. to start conversations about local barriers to access to cancer care and share ideas about how to address them.

What we found is that while there is no one-size-fits-all approach to cancer care, collaboration and communication are key to ensuring patients and their loved ones receive the care and support they need.

Read more about the 2017 series here and the 2018 series here.

“What’s extraordinary is that people who probably should know one another but don’t, got a chance to connect. You never know what sort of positive collisions might happen.”

Louisville, Kentucky Roundtable Attendee

Overall:

91%1

LEFT FEELING MORE
KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT
THE TOPIC

87%2

FOUND THEIR EVENT TO
BE THOUGHT-
PROVOKING

85%3

WERE LIKELY TO SHARE
TAKEAWAYS WITH
COLLEAGUES AND NETWORK

81%4

WERE LIKELY TO
RECOMMEND THAT THEIR
ORGANIZATION EXPLORE
TOPICS DISCUSSED

74%5

PLAN TO INTEGRATE WHAT
THEY LEARNED INTO
THEIR WORK

Percentages were determined by factoring the
cities in which this question was asked and the
relevant response rates for each city.
1) N=95 2) N=139 3) N=152 4) N=125 5) N=105
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Cancer Care and
Technology

Medical institutions and the
technology sector in Seattle
are collaborating to help advance
cancer care. Participants discussed
how unique collaborations can help
improve care for the underserved
across the country and the world.

“Being able to lean in to
the rapid advancements in
technology can hopefully
have a direct impact on
how we can improve
cancer care.”

 
 
 
 
 
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Access to Care

In a large state with few
oncologists, patients travel
an average of 115 miles to the
nearest hospital. Attendees
focused on the need to educate
local healthcare providers on cancer
care to ensure a continuum of support.

"…hospitals, patient
advocates and community
groups should work together
to make sure patients and
caregivers are educated and
able to advocate
for themselves."

 
 
 
 
 
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Disparities in
Cancer Care

While major cancer innovations
are being discovered in the state,
participants discussed the need
to better address underserved
populations with tailored,
trusted support.

“What a fantastic
conversation of hope. It is
heartwarming to see such
mindful people gathered
addressing what
communities from all
walks of life need.”

 
 
 
 
 
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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

Cancer Burden

Known as the “Cancer Capital,”
Kentucky has one of the highest
cancer rates in the country.
Participants discussed how to help
reduce cancer-related stigma and
help patients find appropriate care.

“…one of the big issues
we see in Kentucky and
with lung cancer in general
is stigma … it’s going
to take the willingness
of the primary care
provider to become
educated and
make referrals.”

 
 
 
 
 
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TAMPA, FLORIDA

Survivorship Support

Participants discussed the need to
better understand and support the
unique needs of the growing
population of cancer survivors
in the state.

“This event opened my eyes
to the different
networks available.”

 
 
 
 
 
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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Cancer Risk and
Prevention

Allegheny County residents are
at an exceptionally high risk for
lung cancer due to air pollutants,
yet also have access to advanced
healthcare and research networks.
It’s critical that local groups
collaborate to meet patients’ needs.

“The event helped lay the
groundwork for work across
silos on cancer prevention.”

 
 
 
 
 
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WASHINGTON, DC

Importance of Public/
Private Collaboration

Leaders convened to discuss how
to address disparities in cancer
care, and resoundingly stressed
the need for open collaboration
between the public and private
sectors to advance science and
open access to care.

"I was impressed by
the range and depth of
knowledge, insight and
experience assembled
around the table."

 
 
 
 
 
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Cancer Care and Technology

Medical institutions and the technology sector in Seattle are collaborating to help advance cancer care. Participants discussed how unique collaborations can help improve care for the underserved across the country and the world.

“Being able to lean in to the rapid advancements in technology can hopefully have a direct impact on how we can improve cancer care.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Access to Care

In a large state with few oncologists, patients travel an average of 115 miles to the nearest hospital. Attendees focused on the need to educate local healthcare providers on cancer care to ensure a continuum of support.

"…hospitals, patient advocates and community groups should work together to make sure patients and caregivers are educated and able to advocate for themselves."

exit

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Disparities in Cancer Care

While major cancer innovations are being discovered in the state, participants discussed the need to better address underserved populations with tailored, trusted support.

“What a fantastic conversation of hope. It is heartwarming to see such mindful people gathered addressing what communities from all walks of life need.”

exit

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

Cancer Burden

Known as the “Cancer Capital,” Kentucky has one of the highest cancer rates in the country. Participants discussed how to help reduce cancer-related stigma and help patients find appropriate care.

“ …one of the big issues we see in Kentucky and with lung cancer in general is stigma … it’s going to take the willingness of the primary care provider to become educated and make referrals.”

exit

TAMPA, FLORIDA

Survivorship Support

Participants discussed the need to better understand and support the unique needs of the growing population of cancer survivors in the state.

“This event opened my eyes to the different networks available.”

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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Cancer Risk and Prevention

Allegheny County residents are at an exceptionally high risk for lung cancer due to air pollutants, yet also have access to advanced healthcare and research networks. It’s critical that local groups collaborate to meet patients’ needs.

"The event helped lay the groundwork for work across silos on cancer prevention."

exit

WASHINGTON, DC

Importance of Public/Private Collaboration

Leaders convened to discuss how to address disparities in cancer care, and resoundingly stressed the need for open collaboration between the public and private sectors to advance science and open access to care.

“I was impressed by the range and depth of knowledge, insight and experience assembled around the table.”