Rose Gerber, Director Of Communications And Patient Advocacy

Rose Gerber, Director, Patient AdvocacyRose has a diverse range of cancer advocacy experience bringing unique perspectives as a cancer program director and cancer survivor. In her role as Director of Patient Advocacy, she works collaboratively with other national cancer advocacy groups, oncologists, nurses, practice administrators, cancer survivors, volunteers, and industry partners.

Rose has met with legislators in Washington, DC on patient relevant cancer policy issues and has served as a consumer reviewer on three Department of Defense Breast Cancer research panels (Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs) and as an advocate reviewer for the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) and NBCC’s Research Accountability Committee. Rose is a graduate of NBCC’s esteemed advocate training programs: Project Lead Science Institute, Project Lead Clinical Trials, and Project Lead Quality Care and has been awarded Patient Advocate Scholarships from ASCO, and the San Antonio International Breast Cancer Symposium. Rose is also an experienced grant reviewer having volunteered her time for five years for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation.

Rose is an invited speaker, educator, and moderator for a broad range of audiences including state oncology societies, hospitals, cancer clinics, pharmaceutical partners, and various cancer organizations and conferences. She has authored articles for national publications and has been interviewed, or the subject of multiple oncology related feature articles and broadcasts. She is an invited member of the National Cancer Survivors Day national speaker’s roster.

Rose is skilled in cancer program development and management, specifically moving from program concepts to fully operational programs. She co-founded and managed a breast cancer-mentoring program for a community oncology practice in Connecticut, and was hired by the Community Oncology Alliance in Washington, DC to develop their patient advocacy program.

Rose was a mother with young children when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age (only 5% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed under the age of 40). Rose’s extensive cancer treatment included chemotherapy (IV), radiation, multiple surgeries, various hormonal therapies and extended adjuvant treatment. She was also a participant in three clinical trials, (including the groundbreaking Herceptin breast cancer trial).

Prior to her advocacy work, Rose worked for NBC-TV in Los Angeles as a research analyst and account manager. She is also an experienced educational counselor. Rose now applies her professional business experience, college degrees in advertising/public relations and psychology (educational counseling), and personal cancer experience towards her primary goal of quality accessible care for all cancer patients.


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