The Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network
CPAN was created in recognition of the vital role patients should play in advocating for access to local affordable care for all cancer patients. CPAN complements the work of COA, which has established a record of unprecedented success in mobilizing community oncology to raise awareness of the issues facing cancer care delivery and to become politically active.
Truly inclusive on all levels, CPAN is a noncancer type specific national network representing all members of the cancer community. CPAN members include patients in active treatment, cancer survivors, professional caregivers, family members, medical and oncology professionals, and members of the general community.
CPAN brings attention to the impact of Medicare legislative policies on cancer patients, specifically the issues affecting local cancer centers. Of great concern is the volume of community cancer clinics that have closed across the United States.
According to the COA’s last Practice Impact Report, the following changes (since 2008) over 1,653 clinics and practices have been impacted as follows:
- 423 community cancer practices have closed
- 359 community cancer practices are struggling financially
- 45 community cancer practices have been forced to send their patients elsewhere
- 658 community cancer practices have been acquired by hospitals
- 168 community cancer practices have merged or been acquired by a corporate entity (other than a hospital).
These changes have created a negative impact for cancer patients in active treatment as well as cancer survivors receiving long-term care. This is not only an issue for patients in of Medicare age, but for all cancer patients and survivors.
CPAN serves as a resource to educate the cancer community about legislative issues affecting the quality and accessibility of cancer care in their own communities. CPAN also serves as a forum for patients to learn how to become advocates for cancer care and provides community oncology practices with education regarding the economic and administrative pressure facing the operation of a community cancer clinic.
CPAN is actively recruiting motivated cancer care advocates. Advocates will join the COA/CPAN community in working together to influence policy that will positively affect all cancer patients and survivors. CPAN membership is free.
- CPAN provides education and awareness on community oncology. The majority of cancer patients receive their treatment in community-based settings.
- CPAN provides information on educational advocacy: Bringing attention to issues that impact patient care.
- CPAN provides education on Media Advocacy: Learn how to incorporate your story into national oncology issues, while also supporting COA and CPAN objectives.