Thank you for a wonderful Evening With Friends as we discussed the state of quality cancer care in the U.S. with a panel of experts, hosted by Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs. We also had the pleasure of honoring Amanda Bennett, Executive Editor, Bloomberg News, and author of The Cost of Hope, and Amy J. Berman R.N., Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc., for their work to raise awareness of cancer survivorship.
Moderator Susan Dentzer lead the panelists in a lively discussion about the issues confronting cancer survivors who are pursuing quality cancer care; fundamental changes in the U.S. health care system through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; and the gaps in cancer care quality and delivery.
- Amanda Bennett, Executive Editor, Bloomberg News, Author, The Cost of Hope and Pulitzer Prize winner
- Amy J. Berman, RN, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc.
- Stuart Butler, Ph.D., Director, Center for Policy Innovation, The Heritage Foundation
- Harold Freeman, MD, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention
- Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
- Clifford A. Hudis, M.D., Chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2013 President-Elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
- Thomas Smith, M.D., Director of Palliative Care, Johns Hopkins University, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
NCCS presented Amanda Bennett with the Natalie David Spingarn Writer’s Award for shedding light on the role of hope in cancer survivorship and raising awareness of many of the critical issues people face as they challenge a cancer diagnosis. In her book, The Cost of Hope, Amanda Bennett uncovers the medical and financial facts of her husband’s illness, presenting the price—as well as payoffs—of hope through her personal experience with cancer.
NCCS also recognized Amy Berman with the President’s Award for her choice to preserve her quality of life when faced with an advanced cancer diagnosis. Since her personal experience, Berman has been a vocal advocate for palliative care and quality-of-life choices for people with terminal illnesses.