With the final preparations underway for today’s Inauguration, under extraordinarily extreme and unique circumstances, I can’t help but ponder how this new Administration will approach health care broadly, and cancer more specifically.

It is almost impossible to think about health care in the US without looking at worrisome trends in the broader economy and their impact on average families. It is also imperative that we elevate health equity and measure the disproportionate impact of health challenges on communities of color.

These challenges are not new; they are part of a systemic structure of economic and health inequity that has been…


Chadwick Boseman arrives for the ‘Black Panther’ World Premiere on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, CA

By Elizabeth Franklin and Kim Thiboldeaux

We were saddened to learn over the weekend of the tragic and untimely death of actor Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43 from colorectal cancer and join his family, friends, as well as his many fans in mourning his passing. In an extraordinary career cut too short, Boseman was known for playing iconic historical figures like Jackie Robinson in 42, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, and James Brown in Get On Up. But his most notable role was as T’Challa, King of Wakanda, a fictional African country, in Black Panther. The…


You can’t seem to turn on the news right now without hearing about the coronavirus. It is headline news. We are now seeing cases of the virus spreading outside of China in places like Japan and the US. And there still many unanswered questions. We have also seen a proliferation of misinformation floating around the Internet and social media about the virus.

I asked my team at our Cancer Policy Institute to reach out to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get up-to-date information and advice from a trusted source.

Please see what the team sent me:

  • While…

Since I began working in Oncology over 20 years ago, we have been discussing the challenges around recruiting adult patients into cancer clinical trials. Even after numerous efforts and multi-million dollar investments, the rate of enrollment has remained flat — around 3–5%. As we are witnessing exponential progress in the treatment of cancer, increasing enrollment in trials is more important than ever. Yet, many of the same barriers still remain.

A couple weeks ago, I was privileged to attend an advisory board of lung cancer patients sharing their experiences, challenges and insights. Part of the discussion centered around clinical trials…


Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Cancer Summit in Washington DC.

On Friday, September 21, I had the honor of participating in the Biden Cancer Summit hosted by the Biden Cancer Initiative (BCI) in Washington, DC.

I truly believe that Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, the Founders and Co-Chairs of BCI, are leading the most important conversation happening about cancer in America today. The Summit gathered hundreds of scientists, researchers, patients, advocates, government officials, media influencers and business leaders with the goal of accelerating our progress in the fight against cancer.

Vice President and Dr. Biden have set a high bar for all of us on progress and…


At the end of 2017, I was invited to visit the Navajo Nation and tour the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation in Tuba City, Arizona. At this particular health care center, a group of dedicated individuals led by CEO Lynette Bonar, a nurse and military veteran, is bringing the first-ever cancer treatment program to the Navajo Nation. This is a significant step forward in righting an inconceivable wrong.

I was shocked to learn last year that no cancer treatment is available on the Navajo Nation, a 27,000 square mile region — larger than the state of West Virginia —…


Earlier this month I made my annual trek to Chicago to attend the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Meeting — a convening that attracts 32,000 oncology professionals and perhaps represents the single most significant gathering about cancer that takes place all year.

The average person may only hear about one discovery that breaks through a cluttered media environment, such as the story suggesting women in the early stages of breast cancer could forgo chemotherapy.

While this and a handful of other stories permeate the mainstream media, it is important to note that more than 2,500 research-related abstracts were accepted…

Kim Thiboldeaux

Executive Chair of the Cancer Support Community

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