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Oncology Professionals Learn of PAN’s Work – “Collaborating to Conquer Cancer” Event Draws Thousands

Chicago, IL, June 5, 2012 – The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation was a sponsored Patient Advocacy Group and exhibitor by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), at their Annual Meeting in Chicago in June – a meeting in which cost of cancer care was a prominent theme.

Some 30,000 oncology professionals from a broad range of specialties heard cutting-edge scientific presentations around cancer care. To round out the content of the prestigious annual event, patient advocacy groups such as PAN addressed how they are filling current health care gaps. Through exhibits and networking, PAN provided supplemental information about its patient financial support to providers and donors.

As reported by the ASCO Daily News, in a presentation and writing on “Disparities in Cancer Care: Another Inconvenient Truth,” Pallavi Kumar, MD, and Beverly Moy, MD, MPH, said that the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) puts the medical profession in a better position to “eliminate disparities in cancer care…the ACA contains a number of provisions that have the potential to expand and improve access, as well as quality of care for the underserved…” Yet, they acknowledge that the changes are no panacea. They concluded, “…Now is the time to shift away from research that merely documents disparities in cancer care and instead focus on real solutions to improve cancer equity…”

Providing “real solutions” is where Patient Advocacy Groups such as PAN play an integral role.

“While ACA provisions expand care in some areas, problems arise when those who are insured still face cost prohibitive co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance. People facing those situations often forego treatment altogether,” says PAN Vice President of External Relations & Operations, Korab Zuka. “Many still go without unless their physicians turn to an organization such as PAN.”

PAN has helped hundreds of thousands of qualifying patients with financial assistance since 2004. It’s funding provides hope for individuals who are unable to afford their treatments or medication for any of more than 40 chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

To provide this support, PAN depends on the generosity of donors: individuals and corporations, pharmaceutical companies, and patient advocacy groups. Tie the funds with PAN’s commitment to efficiency and keeping administrative costs low, and they can ensure maximum benefits to patients.

To learn more about PAN Foundation, call 202-347-9272 or visit http://www.panfoundation.org/.