Navigating the Cancer System (Free Conference)

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Date(s) - 26 Oct 2022
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

850 PBC

“Navigating the Cancer System”

Free Conference

Cancer Caregivers Arizona (AzMN), and Triage Cancer invite you to a Free “Navigating the Cancer System” Conference. A program for All cancer caregivers, cancer patients, family members, and cancer care professionals.

Date: October 26, 2022


8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am – 2:20pm Conference

J Orin Edison Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute
850 N.5th St. PBC Building
Phoenix, Az 85004

Free Parking 

Event Registration

The Arizona Myeloma Network, AzMN and Cancer CaregiversAz will host a free, one-day conference, Wednesday, October 26, on “Navigating the Cancer System,” It is open to all cancer caregivers, individuals diagnosed with cancer, family members, and cancer care professionals. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Arizona State University’s J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute in Phoenix, 850 North 5th Street, PBC Building. Check-in and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. Free lunch and parking (voucher at check-in) will be provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required at

Barbara Kavanagh, MSW, LCSW, the CEO of Arizona Myeloma Network, AzMN, Co-founded 501c3 cancer charity with her husband, in 2004, to help other cancer patients and caregivers like them!  Her husband, Jack, had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1991, just a month before their marriage in 1991. Very little was known about this rare form of blood cancer and there were very few options for treatment. When he retired from his job, they moved to Arizona so that he could receive the specialized treatment that was available at Mayo Clinic’s myeloma/blood cancer department. Barbara was asked to help the Director of this department, Dr. Rafael Fonseca, and Jeff Trent, CEO of TGen, a prominent Research organization put on a Myeloma Symposium. It was so popular, that they continued to hold Annual Living with Myeloma Conferences and Research Roundtables until 2020 when the COVID Pandemic Lockdown occurred.

Guest Faculty: Joanna Morales, co-founded Triage Cancer in 2012, in Chicago. She is one of the only cancer rights attorneys in the country. The national nonprofit provides free education on the legal and practical issues that often impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through free eventsmaterials, and resources.

Agenda: Overview of the Cancer Caregivers Conference: Navigating the Cancer System’, Barbara Kavanagh
Introduction of the Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education Program, VCCEP, which provides education and resources to build critical cancer caregiving skills in the cancer community, and builds awareness, advocates for and promotes collaboration that improves treatment and quality of life


Conference Overview and Welcome: Barbara Kavanagh

Triage Cancer Faculty: Joanna Morales

  • Understanding health insurance, picking a health insurance plan, and appealing denials of coverage
  • Working through treatment or taking time off
  • Applying for disability insurance and appealing denials of coverage
  • Managing finances and medical bills, accessing financial help

 Cancer Caregivers Network: Faculty:  William Brown and Suzanne Hyde

  • Overview and demonstration of the Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education Program
  • Understanding your role as a caregiver
  • Understanding the time that you commit to the role
  • Learning how to build your cancer care team to support patient and caregiver needs
  • Closing Remarks

To register for this free event, visit

About Arizona Myeloma Network
Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN) is a nonprofit organization that conducts cancer outreach events and education programs. Its mission is to promote collaboration, awareness, education and advocacy for improved treatment and quality of life for multiple myeloma patients, their families and all cancer caregivers with special consideration to the underserved. Learn more at

About Cancer Caregivers Az

Cancer Caregivers Az  was developed by AzMN, to address the critical role of cancer caregivers and families.    It provides education and resources that build critical cancer caregiving skills, in the cancer caregivers, cancer patients, other families, and the cancer care professionals. To build awareness, to advocate for and promote collaboration that improves treatment, quality of life for the cancer caregivers and the cancer patients. Learn more at

About Triage Cancer
Since 2012, Triage Cancer has reached more than 337,000 people with legal and practical knowledge through 1,050+ online and in-person educational seminars, held in all 50 states, D.C. and Guam. Through events, materials and resources, the organization doubled its annual reach to more than one million people in 2021. Learn more at

Sponsorships are available.

To learn more, contact:

Barbara Kavanagh, Cancer CaregiversAz
email         ph. 623 466 6246

SOURCE: Barbara Kavanagh