The First NW Cancer Summit

The Binaytara Foundation hosted the first Northwest Cancer Summit on February 26th, 2017 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Four experts in their respective fields were asked to speak to more than 60 attendees about various cancer topics, including immunotherapy, finding cancer information in the news, and nurse navigation.

“I loved seeing all of the general public that came out.” said Tina Hoxie, a clinical Nurse Navigator for PeaceHealth United General Medical Center.  “This summit and future summits will help to discern what is the truest knowledge or, what is the best knowledge that is most helpful for patients for whatever diagnosis they have.”

These summits serve as an opportunity to educate the general population about various aspects of cancer. The main purpose of spreading this knowledge is to help empower people to make positive cancer care decisions which fit their needs.  Experts are invited to give presentations about topics such as treatments, complementary therapies, and the non-medical burdens of having cancer (financial, emotional, familial, etc.). The summits also provide a platform to speak about health policy related to cancer, with policy makers welcome at every summit.Those affected by cancer are also invited to share their experiences with others.

The Binaytara Foundation will host the next summit at Skagit Community College, on March 26th, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Check in starts at 1:30 PM. Topics include immunotherapy, finding credible sources when looking for cancer information, and nurse navigation for cancer care. To register for this free event, call (360) 707-7593, or go to

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