Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, and the first thing many people do upon receiving the news is seek out information, hoping to be empowered through knowledge. At the Conquer Cancer Foundation, we are working to ensure that vital information—focusing on everything from breakthrough research to treatment options and survivorship—is available and easily accessible whenever and wherever patients need it. We are pleased to announce that, in partnership with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), we are making it possible for patients being treated for cancer and their caregivers to gain free access to medical research published in ASCO’s Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of Oncology Practice. This new initiative is called patientACCESS.
Through our support of this program, the Foundation is helping put the latest cancer research discoveries from around the world immediately at the fingertips of patients searching for the most up-to-date information, empowering them to make better informed health care decisions. Well-informed patients are truly their own best advocates and invaluable partners for physicians. This is one reason why we also help fund ASCO’s patient information program, including Cancer.Net, which is where patients can find oncologist-approved information on more than 120 cancer types and learn more about patientACCESS and how to get the latest research findings at no cost.
It is estimated that, in 2012, there were more than 1.5 million new cancer cases in the United States alone,1 and virtually everyone in the world, in some way and at some point, will eventually be touched by cancer. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can make sure that people continue to have access to the best cancer information. Please join us—make a gift today to help empower patients now and in the future.
1. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2012.