Louisiana Oncology Society, Julia Stokes drive Cancer Care legislation

In advance of the 2023 Louisiana Legislative Session, the Louisiana Oncology Society is forming an advocacy relationship with cancer advocate Julie Stokes to drive comprehensive cancer advocacy to address four key areas: early detection, treatment, access to treatment, and survivorship.

“The healthcare professionals in the Louisiana Oncology Society will be on the front lines of treating the nearly 29,000 Louisianans that will be diagnosed with cancer this year as estimated by the American Cancer Society,” said Julie Stokes, cancer advocate and founder of the newly formed Survivors Cancer Action Network. “As a breast cancer survivor, former Louisiana State Representative, and CPA, I have a unique perspective and look forward to bringing that to the Louisiana Oncology Society to help drive their advocacy agenda and improve cancer care outcomes in our state in partnership with the best healthcare professionals in our state.”

During the 2023 Legislative Session, the Louisiana Oncology Society will join forces with Stokes to drive advocacy efforts around fertility preservation for young adult cancer patients; patient access to necessary scans and testing; coverage for advanced treatments; and integrative care.

“Julie Stokes has a reputation in our state as a fierce and passionate advocate for what she believes in and we couldn’t be more excited about our partnership to advance advocacy initiatives to improve cancer care in our state,” said Nakhle Saba, MD, President of the Louisiana Oncology Society and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. “As a physician, shared decision-making is key to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. Our partnership with Julie Stokes will bring that same clinical process to our advocacy approach at the Louisiana Oncology Society by uniting physicians with a patient advocate to drive change at the Capitol.”

The Louisiana Oncology Society Cancer Congress will take place on March 31-April 1 at the New Orleans Convention Center. During the event, Stoke will provide a policy update on key legislative actions with a policy roundtable discussions taking place during lunch on Friday. Providers can receive their complimentary registration here: https://www.accc-cancer.org/state-societies/louisiana/meetings-education.

Last year, Stokes led a coalition of cancer advocates to pass four cancer care bills that were signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards to improve all Louisianan’s access to cutting edge cancer testing and treatments and will improve overall health outcomes for cancer patients. Stokes is also currently launching the Survivors Cancer Action Network, focusing on providing much-needed services to everyday cancer patients and survivors in the State of Louisiana.

About Julie Stokes: The Survivors Cancer Action Network, currently being founded by Julie Stokes, will unite cancer survivors in a helping community, alongside doctors, scientists, and philanthropists, in order to improve the patient experience and drive superior outcomes throughout the State of Louisiana.

About the Louisiana Oncology Society: Founded in 1992, the Louisiana Oncology Society is the largest oncology professional organization in the state and comprises a powerful community of oncologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other multidisciplinary care providers involved in the treatment of patients with cancer. The Louisiana Oncology Society is managed by the Association of Community Cancer Centers and is a State Affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Learn more by visiting https://www.accc-cancer.org/state-societies/louisiana/los-homepage.