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NCCN Annual Patient Advocacy Summit to Focus on Addressing the Health Needs of LGBTQ+ Cancer Patients and Survivors

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is hosting an #NCCNPolicy Summit to thoughtfully discuss the importance of providing high-quality, inclusive, equitable, and accessible cancer care to LGBTQ+ patients. Speakers includes representatives from HHS, CMS, NIH, and more.


The patient advocacy summit will focus on the heightened barriers to accessing high-quality and inclusive cancer care that can be experienced by patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or non-binary (LGTBQ+). Those barriers can include experiences of implicit and explicit bias, caregivers and chosen family not being recognized and supported by the health system, and misconceptions and miscommunication from the care team.

Where:          The National Press Club – 13th Floor

                        529 14th Street NW

                        Washington, D.C.

                        *** Virtual Attendance Also Available ***

When:              Friday, December 2, 2022 9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET  

Welcome:        Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Keynote:          Dora Hughes, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)

Panelists Include:

  • Chasity Burrows Walters, PhD, RN, Senior Director, Patient & Community Education, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Health Policy Research, The Fenway Institute
  • Paula Chambers-Raney, Stage I Colon Cancer Survivor, Advocate for Screenings in LGBTQ+ Communities of Color, Hope Coordinator, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC)
  • Terrance Mayes, EdD, Associate Dean for Equity and Strategic Initiatives, Executive Director, Commission on Justice and Equity, Stanford University
  • Karen L. Parker, PhD, MSW, Director of the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Archana Pathak, PhD, Interim Director, Q Collective, Special Assistant, Programs and Initiatives, Associate Professor, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Mandi L. Pratt-Chapman, PhD, Associate Center Director for Community Outreach, Engagement and Equity, GW Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health, GW Milken Institute of Public Health, The George Washington University
  • Scout, Ph.D., Executive Director, National LGBT Cancer Network
  • Ryne Wilson, DNP, RN, OCN, Nurse Care Coordinator, University of Minnesota Physicians

Introduction, Moderation, and Closing:

  • Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN
  • Clifford Goodman, PhD, Senior Vice President, The Lewin Group
  • Gary Weyhmuller, MBA, SPHR, Chief Operating Officer, NCCN

Media can contact Rachel Darwin at for complimentary press registration. Visit for the full agenda, and join the conversation online with the hashtag #NCCNPolicy.

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About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is a not-for-profit alliance of leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, equitable, and accessible cancer care so all patients can live better lives. The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) provide transparent, evidence-based, expert consensus recommendations for cancer treatment, prevention, and supportive services; they are the recognized standard for clinical direction and policy in cancer management and the most thorough and frequently-updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients® provide expert cancer treatment information to inform and empower patients and caregivers, through support from the NCCN Foundation®. NCCN also advances continuing education, global initiatives, policy, and research collaboration and publication in oncology. Visit for more information and follow NCCN on Facebook @NCCNorg, Instagram @NCCNorg, and Twitter @NCCN.