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Local Oncologist Neelima Denduluri, MD, FASCO of Virginia Cancer Specialists
Named Advocacy Champion by the Association for Clinical Oncology
Dr. Denduluri is a medical oncologist who specializes in breast cancer and is a well-respected patient advocate within the community.
Arlington, VA September 30, 2020 — Virginia Cancer Specialists, a leading provider of comprehensive cancer care and a member of The US Oncology Network, is proud to announce that medical oncologist Neelima Denduluri, MD, FASCO was named an Advocacy Champion by the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) during the association’s 2020 Advocacy Summit in September.
Advocacy Champions are ASCO volunteers who have made meaningful contributions to ASCO’s advocacy activities throughout the year to ensure that every patient with cancer has access to high-quality, high-value cancer care, no matter who they are or where they live. Advocates speak with federal lawmakers and agencies, send personalized letters to members of Congress through ASCO’s ACT Network, engage with state lawmakers on policy priorities at the state-level, and host site visits for lawmakers in their home states and districts.
“Congratulations to this year’s Advocacy Champions,” said Carolyn Hendricks, MD, FASCO, ASCO Government Relations Committee Chair. “Their continued efforts to educate Congress on the promise and challenges of providing high-quality cancer care are important during the best of times, and they become absolutely critical during a global pandemic. Through the unwavering commitment of these dedicated advocates, we can continue our work to advance policies that will improve access to high-quality, equitable care for people with cancer.”
Throughout the past year, Dr. Denduluri’s advocacy efforts include meeting with legislators, collaborating with patient advocates, and mobilizing her colleagues to participate through the ACT Network – an online ASCO advocacy hub that allows advocates to quickly and easily engage their lawmakers on key policy issues related to cancer research and the delivery of high-quality cancer care.
“I am dedicated to providing patients with compassionate, leading-edge treatments that meet their individual needs and concerns,” said Dr. Denduluri. “We must continue to advocate and reach out to colleagues and legislators for equitable cancer care, including access to clinical trials, as well as mitigating financial toxicity. I am humbled to receive the ASCO honor of Advocacy Champion along with my colleagues.”
Neelima Denduluri, MD, FASCO, is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. She serves as the Co-Director of the Virginia Cancer Specialists Research Program, is the Associate Chair of Breast Cancer Research for US Oncology, and is on the ASCO PAC Advisory Council. Dr. Denduluri is active in medical education, currently serving as Clinical Assistant Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Denduluri has published multiple articles and abstracts, and her work has been presented at various national meetings, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She has consistently been named as a Top Doctor in Northern Virginia Magazine and Washingtonian magazine, and she has been featured in both local and national media for her expertise in breast cancer. Dr. Denduluri practices at Virginia Cancer Specialists, which serves all of northern Virginia
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For the latest news, analysis, and updates on ASCO efforts related to cancer policy, please visit www.asco.org/ascoaction.
About Virginia Cancer Specialists
Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS) has built a practice with a world-class treatment team fighting cancer and diseases of the blood, offering access to the most current treatment protocols, clinical trials, and comprehensive care all available in a community-based setting. With nine locations throughout Northern Virginia, staffed by more than 30 highly-skilled physicians, VCS delivers specialized, exceptional care. Virginia Cancer Specialists offers medical oncology, radiation oncology, musculoskeletal tumor surgery, breast surgery, thoracic surgery, genetic counseling, palliative care, oncology nurse navigators, oncology infusion nurses, oncology pharmacists, social workers and laboratory technicians. Our multidisciplinary team works together to design the optimal treatment program, efficiently sharing knowledge, and providing a patient-centered, consumer-friendly approach to cancer care. Patients receive a 360-degree full spectrum of high-quality care from a care team united in their effort to provide each patient with the personalized care they need to battle cancer.
Virginia Cancer Specialists has a well-established, fully staffed, comprehensive clinical research program with a dedicated research facility for Phase I clinical trials – the largest of its kind in the Northern Virginia area. Virginia Cancer Specialists is a practice in The US Oncology Network (The Network). This collaboration unites the practice with more than 1,200 independent physicians dedicated to delivering value-based, integrated care to patients — close to home. Through the Network, these independent doctors come together to form a community of shared expertise and resources dedicated to advancing local cancer care and to delivering better patient outcomes. The Network is supported by McKesson Corporation, whose coordinated resources and infrastructure allow doctors in The Network to focus on the health of their patients, while McKesson focuses on the health of their practices. VCS also participates in clinical trials through US Oncology Research, which has played a role in more than 100 FDA-approved cancer therapies, approximately one-third of all cancer therapies approved by the FDA to date.
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