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Let’s Talk: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship training extended until Sept. 2022!

Accredited class helps health care workers discuss nutrition and exercise with survivors.

The American Cancer Society, with support from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has created a CME-accredited training simulation called Let’s Talk: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer Survivorship

The simulation gives health care providers a safe learning environment in which to practice effective communication techniques for discussions with cancer survivors around the sensitive topics of healthy eating, physical activity, and body weight. 

This CME-accredited training provides personalized feedback on practice conversations so that health care professionals can assess their competency to lead similar conversations in real clinical interviews. The training is approved for .5 CME credits for physicians and physician assistants and .5 CEU credits for nurses and nurse practitioners. 

 Click here to access the free training. Note that users are asked to create an account. 

Why it’s important 

Excess body weight is a risk to cancer survivors, and physical activity and a healthy diet are important for their long-term health and well-being. Health care providers can be key motivators in giving patients the extra support they need to achieve their healthy lifestyle goals, however, talking with survivors about these sensitive topics can be challenging. 

Where to go for more information 

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  • Nov. 4: Webinar to help LGBTQ+ people take charge of their health

    The Northeast Region's New England LGBTQ+ Strategy Group is hosting a free Nov. 4 webinar called “SPEAK UP for Your Heath: Cancer and Wellness in the LGBTQ+ Community.”

    During this webinar, leaders in the field will share insights to help members of the LGBTQ+ community understand their wellness options and equip them with information to have informed discussions with health care providers. One goal is to provide actionable suggestions for how LGBTQ+ individuals can be better advocates for their own health and wellness, especially concerning cancer screening, treatment, and survivorship.

    “SPEAK UP” is set for Thursday, Nov. 4, at 12:00 noon ET. Read the full details, including confirmed speakers.

    Research shows that LGBT people have a disproportionate burden of cancer. Distinctive risk factors and other barriers to accessing health care mean the LGBTQ+ community has both greater cancer incidence and later stage diagnosis. What’s more, since no cancer registries or surveys consistently collect data on sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI), LGBTQ+ individuals remain hidden in the current health data.

  • Are you ready to paint October pink?

    As the world takes time to spotlight breast cancer during the month of October – to raise awareness, recognize survivors, and promote prevention – Making Strides will take center stage with our efforts to rally the nation in raising the funds to help save more lives.

    Once again, this year Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks will unite communities across the nation to honor those touched by the disease and raise awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer. Since 1993, more than 15 million walkers in the U.S. have helped raise more than $1 billion to help save lives from breast cancer.

    With more than 150 events across the nation this year, plus more than 37,000 participants registered online, there are many reasons to be excited as we look ahead to October.

    To find an event near you, visit

    We are planning to host as many in-person events as possible while keeping the health and safety of our volunteers, participants, and staff top of mind. Our first 2021 event will be held in Boston on Sunday, September 26 – 29 years of making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

  • ACS receives million dollar support to expand and accelerate cancer screening initiative

    The American Cancer Society (ACS), with the generous support of million-dollar sponsors Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, the National Football League (NFL), Merck (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada), Novartis Oncology and Pfizer Oncology, is spearheading a comprehensive movement to dramatically and swiftly increase cancer screening rates. Additional sponsors for the initiative include AmerisourceBergen, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and Intuitive.

    These sponsors have joined ACS in its goal of raising $30 million for a multi-faceted national initiative to ensure access for everyone to recommended cancer screenings and reduce screening disparities. The goals for this work include improving screening rates for breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung cancers and ensuring everyone has access to recommended screenings since screening disparities have increased for people with greater social or economic barriers. Components of the initiative include a national consortium of public health groups and professional organizations, the development and support of state and local coalitions, engagement of health systems to implement evidence-based screening interventions, the launch of a public awareness campaign, dedicated research activities to better understand lessons learned, progress and policy solutions, and a renewed push for known public policy solutions that can benefit all.

    Partner support is a key component of the American Cancer Society's overall screening campaign, which aims to not only restore but improve pre-pandemic cancer screening routines and prevent later-stage cancer diagnosis in the wake of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "The beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic brought about dramatic declines in screening rates for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancers, which means that many cancers could be going undiagnosed and untreated," said Dr. Karen Knudsen, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. "As a result, the American Cancer Society foresees that pandemic-related decreases in health care access and cancer screenings will result in a short-term drop in cancer diagnoses and an increase in late-stage diagnoses and potentially preventable deaths. The critical screening initiative supported by our corporate sponsors will significantly increase cancer screening rates and ultimately save lives."

    Through the partner-supported screening initiative, ACS will work with local and regional communities, primary care providers, national and local consortia, health care systems and policymakers on increasing access to cancer screening to find and treat cancer and help more people survive cancer.

    With the support of corporate partners, the American Cancer Society has launched a public awareness campaign aimed at increasing screening rates. The campaign includes targeting messages and advertising to reach the Hispanic/LatinX population with vital cancer screening information. ACS is also working with individual states to develop action plans around increasing screening rates as well as initiating studies on how COVID-19 has influenced access to care, especially among cancer survivors.

    Other initiatives include convening national and regional learning collaborative webinars with health systems to troubleshoot screening challenges and share promising practices and continuing to educate federal and state policymakers on the importance of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).

  • Two-thirds of Hope Lodge facilities now serving guests

    Since August 30, we have averaged one facility once again welcoming guests each day.

    Earlier this summer, we announced a phased reopening plan for our Hope Lodge communities based on staff capacity, partner agreements, facility readiness, and community COVID transmission rates. 

    At that time, we were hopeful that community transmission rates would continue a downward trend. However, the rise of the Delta variant in communities across the country required us to quickly reevaluate our criteria to meet the immediate needs of cancer patients amidst the pandemic. 

    Recently, we continued our phased reopening of Hope Lodge communities with newly revised criteria. Hope Lodge communities will reopen at reduced capacity, gradually increasing occupancy in the coming months. 

    The following facilities are currently serving guests: 

    • Puerto Rico
    • Charleston
    • Burlington
    • St. Louis
    • Rochester, Minn.
    • Iowa City
    • Honolulu
    • Greenville
    • Memphis
    • Jacksonville
    • Atlanta
    • Omaha
    • New York
    • Philadelphia 
    • Kansas City
    • Minneapolis
    • Jackson, MS
    • Birmingham
    • Dallas
    • Salt Lake City

    The following facilities are available for referrals: 

    • Lubbock, TX
    • Tampa

    “It’s clear that finding a path to opening our Hope Lodge communities in the face of the ongoing pandemic has to be a priority,” said ACS CEO Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD. “Many people might wonder what has changed that allows us to feel confident about reopening. The truth is that a lot has changed. Vaccines and testing are now widely available. That, along with ongoing public health prevention strategies that follow CDC guidelines, now make it possible for us to safely reopen our communities and provide this vital support for cancer patients.” 

    The safety of our guests and staff remains our top priority. Each facility will implement comprehensive, layered prevention strategies to reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission. 

    We’ll continue to refine our safety plans as facilities reopen. Additionally, all facilities will reopen with “essential personnel” only, which means that only Hope Lodge staff, patients and their caregivers, and approved vendors will be permitted in facilities.  

    PHOTO: Pictured is our Hope Lodge in Salt Lake City.

  • ACS awards $2M in transportation grants

    We expect it will provide much-needed support to 5,000 patients.

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) has awarded $2 million to more than 130 health systems across the country to help alleviate the financial burden of transportation costs for cancer patients. 

    Cancer patients nationwide are struggling to overcome barriers to treatment, and this need is particularly urgent for people who are historically underserved. That's why we are using our Patient Support Rapid Impact Initiative funds to provide transportation grants to health systems around the U.S., in both urban and rural areas.

    This funding is expected to assist 5,000 patients and provide approximately 70,000 rides to treatment. The assistance will be provided through gas cards, public transportation, ride share, or other on-demand transportation services. Each system will manage its own grant.

    Each year, ACS typically serves under 6,000 cancer patients with transportation assistance through our existing transportation grants program. During 2020, the program provided more than 71,000 rides. A gap remains in many communities for cancer patients for whom transportation is a challenge. The newly awarded grants will provide a big boost to help address currently unmet needs. 

    Transportation assistance is only one way the American Cancer Society is working to improve patient outcomes. We also provide direct patient support through education, navigation, and lodging. 

    For cancer patients, lack of transportation creates significant barriers to receiving lifesaving treatment and is known to contribute to disparities in cancer outcomes. ACS patient support services—such as these transportation grants—fill critical gaps and are aligned to the ACS goal of improving lives. 

    Transportation is the third most commonly cited barrier to accessing health services for older adults. It is estimated that 3.6 million people in the U.S. do not obtain medical care due to transportation issues. 

    The American Cancer Society believes all people should have the opportunity to live a longer, healthier life free from cancer regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Achieving health equity requires the removal of barriers, including transportation, that prevent people from receiving the care and treatment they need.

    "The American Cancer Society exists to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families through advocacy, discovery, and patient support. We are dedicated to reducing health disparities in cancer," said Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, CEO of ACS and ACS CAN. "Health care disparities can affect every step of cancer care — from prevention and screening to the quality of life after cancer treatment. Disparities in care such as gaps in treatment due to lack of transportation can result in serious health consequences for patients."

  • Our Hope Lodge facility in Houston is officially open

    The $30-million facility will be our largest Hope Lodge community.

    On Sept 13, we held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge facility in Houston.  You can watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Our CEO Dr. Karen Knudsen, MBA, PhD, and Mr. Schulze, the founder of Best Buy, had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

    The facility will soon offer cancer patients, age 12 years and older, and their caregivers a home away from home while traveling to receive care from any of Houston’s premier medical centers.

    Houston-based foundations and organizations, along with donors from across the nation, have rallied together to help raise the funds needed to build the facility and to fund its operating endowment. 

    The Hope Lodge Capital Campaign was launched in 2012 and led by honorary chairs, the former President George Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, now deceased, and campaign co-chairs, Robert McNair and his wife, Janice, co-founder and current owner of the Houston Texans, a position she assumed after the death of her husband Bob in 2018.

    When the American Cancer Society opens the doors to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge later this month, the $30-million facility will be the largest in the U.S., with 64 patient suites. At full occupancy, it will provide 23,000 nights of free, temporary lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers each year – saving them $4.5 million annually. 

    The Bush and McNair families continued to support the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge efforts throughout the entire capital campaign. A donation from The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, as well as support from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, contributed to reaching the funds needed to raise the $30 million. Other top donors include the Huffington Foundation, Phillips 66, CEOs Against Cancer – Gulf Coast Chapter, Houston Methodist, AirSwift, the Hope Lodge Houston Volunteer Leadership Council, and the Women of VICTORY. 

    Supporters may purchase needed supplies through the Hope Lodge’s Amazon Charity list here: Houston Hope Lodge Amazon Charity List or make a financial contribution towards operational costs by visiting

  • Seeking: African American/Black caregivers for paid focus groups

    ACS is hosting online conversations this month and next to help us  better support cancer caregivers.

    The American Cancer Society wants to better understand how we can support people who provide care for a loved one with cancer, and we are hosting a series of confidential, paid online focus group conversations to learn more. 

    We’re looking to connect with African American or Black adults ages 18 and older who are currently providing care or have provided care in the past to someone with cancer. 

    Through these conversations, we are looking to understand:

    • Participants’ experiences caring for someone with cancer
    • Their unmet needs as a caregiver
    • Opinions on how we can best meet caregiver needs

    Here are the details:

    • Location: Zoom
    • Time commitment: 90 minutes or less
    • Reward: $50 payable by check
    • Confidential: No names will be used in our reporting and the information will not be shared with the person the participants cared for.

    Here are the dates: 

    • August
      1. Monday, August 30: 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST
      2. Tuesday, August 31: 5:30 – 7 p.m. EST
    • September
      1. Thursday, September 2: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST
      2. Tuesday, September 7: 5:30 – 7 p.m. EST
      3. Tuesday, September 14: 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST
      4. Tuesday, September 21: 5:30 – 7 p.m. EST

    Here’s how to participate: Email Asher Beckwitt, PhD, at

    Learn more - and share!

    Read this recruitment flyer and feel free to share it.

  • Sept. 9: ACS National Consortium to hold second Issue Hub

    Learn steps health care systems can take to better prepare for future disruptions.

    Register now for our Sept. 9 webcast to hear leading clinicians and researchers discuss vulnerabilities within our nation’s public health and healthcare systems that contributed to the decrease in cancer screening and care during the pandemic, as well as the further exacerbation of inequities. 

    Panelists will also explore and showcase concrete action steps that can be taken to build resilience in our public health and health care systems. These tangible solutions will not only prepare us for any ongoing or future disruptions to the delivery of cancer screening, diagnostics, and care, but will also aid in appropriately addressing persistent disparities. 

    This Issue Hub #2 is free and open to all, and will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST.

    Discussion objectives include:

    • Understand where there are weaknesses and/or vulnerabilities in the U.S. health care system that worsened outcomes in cancer screening and care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Identify steps for strengthening our health care systems to be better prepared and equipped to address future disruptions (e.g. pandemics, natural disasters, etc.).
    • Learn how some systems have successfully navigated cancer screening and care during the pandemic and improved outcomes.

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) National Consortium is developing bold but sensible recommendations toward the safe and equitable recovery of cancer screening and care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    On June 1, the consortium welcomed over 300 attendees to participate on our inaugural Issue Hub titled “Accelerating What We Know Works in Cancer Screening and Care.”  Read more about that here. A recording of the June Issue Hub is available here.

    A third Issue Hub will be scheduled later this year.

    About the ACS National Consortium

    ACS and ACS CAN have organized mission priorities and program work to effectively respond to consequences from the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer screening and care. The National Consortium, which focuses on accelerating, strengthening, and mobilizing, is one component of this initiative. It is an issue-focused, time-bound partnership that is dedicated to the acceleration of a national response to the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to its detrimental impact on our collective progress in cancer screening and care across the U.S. Our overall return to screening effort is supported by Genentech, Pfizer, Merck, and the National Football League.

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