New Virtual Education Program for Cancer Caregivers Launches

The new Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education Program provides online education and resources to Cancer Caregivers delivering the information they need when they need it. 

The program will launch March 25, 2023 at the MMRF/AzMN Patient and All Cancer Caregivers’ Summit in Scottsdale. 


Introducing the 1st Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education Program, Saturday, March 25th from 8am – 3:45pm. 

Glendale, Ariz. –The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and the Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN) will host the MMRF/AzMN Patient and All Cancer Caregivers’ Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, March 25, 2023.   An online option is available for attendees who are not abl to attend in-person. The free event brings together leading researchers and clinicians with patients and caregivers to discuss developments in cancer care and includes the launch the new Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education Program. 

“AzMN’s Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education Program, VCCEP® addresses a broad range of issues and increases the access and availability of these programs to all cancer caregivers, wherever they live, and whenever they want and need the information and resources,” shared AzMN co-founder, Barbara Kavanagh.  “For over 15 years, AzMN and our Cancer Caregivers AZ education programs have been suporting cancer patients and cancer caregivers in urban and rural communities.  Our on-person programs have been specially important in our outreach and work with older and underserved populations. The new VCCEP® expands both reach and impact by making these resources and vital information to everyone with access to the internet.”

In 2021, the estimated new cancer diagnoses will be over 158,000 per month, or 1.9 million for the year, across the United States.  This number does not include the current 17 million cancer survivors.

In Arizona, that number is estimated to be over 3400 new cases per month.

For cancer patients and cancer caregivers the cancer journey is challenging and, too often, isolating.

Some cancer treatments suppress the immune system, increasing the patient’s need to avoid personal interactions that can expose them to common diseases that for them can be life threatening.  Both the patient and the caregivers are limited in where they can go to get support and access resources.   Online educational program’s can help address their need for accurate information.

Patients and caregivers who are able to meet in group settings gain the added benefit of making connections and speaking with others about what they are experiencing.  These interactions remind them that they are not alone.

MMRF/AzMN Patient and All Cancer Caregivers’ Summit

Saturday, March 25, 2023
8:00 am- 4:00 pm AZ-MST/PDT

Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort 
5001 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Meeting Rooms: Mohave I–III 

Online access is available for remote attendees

About the Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education Program


About Cancer Caregivers AZ™

The mission of Cancer Caregivers AZ™ is to Provide the 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.

Barbara Kavanagh, Founder and CEO of the Arizona Myeloma Network is the creator of the Cancer Caregivers Education Programs, and their new Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education  Program. Her husband and co-Founder, Jack Kavanagh, is a 31 year cancer survivor and the inspiration for Barbara and thousands of other cancer patients, caregivers, families and cancer researchers who have dedicated their lives to seeking better treatment and a cure!

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Barbara Kavanagh, M.S.W.
Founder & CEO, Cancer Caregivers AZ

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