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Since 2007, the ABA Health Law Section Cancer Advocacy Interest Group has sponsored 33 Training Workshops across the country reaching almost 1,000 attorneys and has made training webinars available to countless attorneys.  As a result, we have trained more than a thousand attorneys on the legal issues impacting cancer patients, survivors and their families and enabled them to provide free or low-cost legal services to individuals and families in need.

Over the last three years, the Cancer Advocacy Interest Group has sponsored 4 webinars and distance learning opportunities for attorneys reaching over 2,500 law professionals. We have also sponsored Fun/Run Walks during the Health Law Section’s Emerging Issues Conference totaling over 75 participants over the last three years and raising almost $2,000 for cancer legal advocacy education and outreach.

In the coming year, the Cancer Advocacy Interest Group hopes to reach out to cancer patients, their families, cancer support organizations, and oncology professionals by (1) increasing the number of attorneys we are training by at least 15%, (2) working with cancer legal advocacy organizations to connect the attorneys we have trained with local and national opportunities to put their training to use for those in need, and (3) working closely with cancer advocacy and support organizations, oncology health care providers, and cancer support centers to identify areas of new or evolving legal needs and issues faced by cancer patients, survivors and their families both during diagnosis and treatment and thereafter.

Partnering with Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization providing cancer survivorship education and resources, we published Cancer Rights Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach in early 2018. This was written with the goal of generating greater awareness of the legal issues that often arise as a result of a cancer diagnosis and to cultivate more advocates to assist cancer survivors, their families, friends, and caregivers in navigating those issues.

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