The following posting was written by Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C. Hester is Program Manager, Oncology Social Work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is a two time breast cancer survivor and author of “After Breast Cancer: A Commonsense Guide to Life after Treatment!” Read her daily blog: "Living with Cancer" http://bidmc.org/livingwithbreastcancer
On National Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Awareness Day, October 13, the MBC Alliance revealed the results of their Landscape Report, Changing the Landscape for People Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer. The MBC Alliance, representing 29 cancer organizations including Research Advocacy Network, released the report on its one‐year anniversary after a comprehensive year-long analysis of current MBC research and patient needs, as well as information and services.
On May 30th twelve new Scholars in the RAN Advocate Institute's Focus on Research Program will attend the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting in Chicago, IL.
The ASCO Annual Meeting (http://am.asco.org) brings together more than 25,000 oncology professionals from a broad range of specialties, making it an excellent venue for exploring the theme of the Meeting — "Science and Society" The class members will attend cutting-edge scientific presentations and comprehensive educational content.
Input from advocates during the design phase has made a difference in the outcomes of cancer clinical trials. Advocates are key stakeholders in clinical trials and are being asked to be involved in the design of clinical trials at earlier stages but need to be prepared and trained for this involvement. On November 20‐22, 2013, Research Advocacy Network hosted a symposium for advocates to address this need for earlier advocate input.