Cancer Advocacy

coaadvocacyNorthwest Georgia Oncology Centers’ (NGOC) clinicians and patients are involved in public policy to ensure patients in Georgia have access to the best possible cancer care.

We are actively involved with the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a national advocacy non-profit organization for cancer patients and their oncologists.  COA works to help protect and foster the community oncology delivery system in the United States and protect patients’ access to quality, affordable care.

NGOC oncologists, nurses and patients lobby together as members of the Georgia Chapter of the COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) in support of legislative policies assisting cancer patients and their local cancer centers.  We are fighting to maintain access to cancer care since many community-based cancer centers are closing their doors due to shifting public policy, including reimbursement cuts for chemotherapy, drugs and financial aid.

Read more about this threat to cancer care:  Stop Sequester Cuts to Cancer Care

COA Patient Advocacy Network

COA Patient Advocacy Network

By joining CPAN, you are joining a national, growing movement for cancer care and making your voice heard by sharing your experiences and educating others about the importance of preserving and protecting patient access to cancer care in community-based oncology centers.

CPAN volunteers learn about issues that effects legislation and the impact it has on the delivery system of cancer care and participate in workshops and conferences, including our national lobby day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  If you have the interest in becoming an advocate, we’ll find a place for you in our group utilizing your talents but considering your limitations.

Susanne Johnson-Berns,

Susanne Johnson-Berns
CPAN President and NGOC team member

To find out more about becoming a Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocate, contact Susanne Johnson-Berns, CPAN Georgia Chapter President at 678-331-3280 or  For more on COA’s national outreach, visit