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Closing the Rural Cancer Care Gap

  • 529 14th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20045 United States (map)

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, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (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

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

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

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, President and Chair of the Board, American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FSCT, FASCO, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Oliver Bogler, PhD, Chief Operating Officer,ECHO Institute™

  • Leslie Byatt, CPhT, CCRC, Clinical Research Manager, New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance, New Mexico Minority/Underserved NCORP Grant Administrator

  • Robert T. Croyle, PhD, Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

  • 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 (CDC), Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) 

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

For more information, visit asco.org/state-of-cancer-care
#ASCOConvos