you are not alone in facing a cancer diagnosis

Lean on patient advocacy groups for the support you need. Read More
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a Q&A with our founder

Novocure founder Professor Yoram Palti, recipient of the 2022 Israel Prize for excellence in entrepreneurship and technological innovation, reflects on his discovery of Tumor Treating Fields. Read More
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Novocure pledges $250K to Families First Health and Support Center

We committed the lead corporate gift to the capital campaign for a New Hampshire community health center’s new home. Read More
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lighting the world blue
September 20, 2021
lighting the world blue

lighting the world blue

Mesothelioma Awareness Day takes place annually in the U.S. on Sept. 26. Read More
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standing with the brain tumor community

As a global oncology company focusing on improving survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer, Novocure proudly stands with the brain tumor community during May for Brain Tumor Awareness Month (BTAM). Read More
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Ignace Vergote, Novocure Clinical Trial Investigator

Professor Ignace Vergote has dedicated his 32-year career to investigating treatment options and striving to improve survival in gynecologic cancers. Among gynecologic cancers, ovarian cancer is the deadliest, representing the fifth most common cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Five-year survival in ovarian cancer has slowly increased from 34 percent in 1975 to 47 percent today. Read More
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It is also National Family Caregivers Month and a fitting time to re-focus on having a support system in place throughout every stage of living with cancer. At Novocure, we believe that no one living with cancer should go through it alone – from those with the rarest cancers to those with the most frequently diagnosed cancers, affecting millions of people around the world.

Every year, patient advocacy groups work to expand their role to improve education, disease awareness, and advance cancer care at every level. Many of these groups work to evolve healthcare delivery, improve access to care and treatment, shape clinical trial design and provide a great deal of information and education to support the cancer community.

Patient Support. Patient advocacy groups are committed to helping people living with cancer, their families and their caregivers navigate the cancer experience, which can be complex, scary and stressful, especially for those who are newly diagnosed. Some of the ways they provide support are through:

  • Educational Resources: Advocacy groups provide education on the condition and treatment options, information on clinical trials, tools and resource kits, psychosocial support – both in-person and virtual – as well as sharing financial assistance resources.
  • Support Groups for Patient and Caregiver: These groups work to support the diverse needs of anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis by providing timely care and appropriate education as needed.
  • Community Connection: Whether virtual or in-person, advocacy groups offer many ways for people living with the disease to engage with others in the community. From virtual webinars to telephone support and in-person events, connecting with others to share stories and experiences, is more accessible (and more important) than ever.

Cancer Research. Research is essential to advancing cancer care. The advocacy community helps to support and fund research to improve the lives of people living with cancer. Some advocacy organizations conduct research, others may provide patient perspective to research institutions and healthcare companies as they design clinical trials, and many provide education and raise awareness about the importance of trials. The objective is to increase access and participation in clinical trials that hold the promise of making a true difference in the lives of people with cancer.

Public Policy. Patient advocacy groups often are on the front lines of lobbying legislatures. They engage with government at the national and state levels, and through grassroots events to fight for changes in policy, including issues such as those that may improve access to cancer care, aim to eliminate health disparities and achieve cancer health equity. Patient advocates also work with legislators and regulatory bodies, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to share perspectives from the patient voice, including challenges living with the disease and how to improve access to care and advance research.

While awareness months are a time to reflect on the amazing progress being made, Novocure is inspired throughout the year by the cancer community around the world in their dedication to redefine living with cancer. We collaborate with global, national and regional patient advocacy groups and professional organizations to address unique and community-wide needs that improve cancer care and quality of life. If you or a loved one is living with cancer, you are not alone. To explore advocacy partners such as CancerCare or Cancer Support Community that can help, please visit https://www.novocure.com/advocacy/.