The media — broadcast, social media, print, or blogs — can have a transformative influence on  how cancer patients and their families receive information about their disease, navigate difficult choices about treatment, and make decisions about their lives after cancer. This year, NCCS will host a special panel discussion about how cancer is covered in media and entertainment, and its inevitable influence over public perceptions of cancer and cancer care.

The annual NCCS Rays of Hope® event will take place on Thursday, September 26th at The Newseum in Washington, DC. The Emmy Award-Winning creator of The Big C, Darlene Hunt, and the CEO and founder of the Center for Advancing Health, Jessie Gruman, will also be recognized for their work. Tickets are available online, and cancer survivors, health policy experts, patient advocates, health care providers, government representatives and others with an interest in improving the quality of cancer care are encouraged to attend.

Special Panelists and Guests Include:

Chuck Todd, Chief White House Correspondent, NBC News (moderator)
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor, NBC News
Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Senior Medical Contributor, ABC News
Darlene Hunt, Emmy award-winning creator of the Showtime series, The Big C
Julie Rovner, Health Policy Correspondent, NPR
Dr. Elmer Huerta, The Cancer Preventorium, Provención Radio Program and Medical Contributor,
CNN En Español
Dr. Douglas W. Blayney, Medical Director of the Stanford Cancer Center
Jessie Gruman, President and Founder, Center for Advancing Health

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