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CPEN is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization; your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. No goods or services were or will be exchanged for this special contribution. CPEN uses contributions to sustain its daily operations and develop professional educational programs in cancer patient education.

Cancer Patient Education Network

The Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN) is a group of Healthcare Professionals who share experiences and best practices in all aspects of cancer patient education. The overall mission of CPEN is to promote and provide models of excellence in patient, family, and community education across the continuum of care.

CPEN works in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute's Office of Communication & Education.

"Learning about innovative programs and services has helped me improve the quality of patient education services at my center. CPEN has also helped me contribute to the development of patient education services at other centers."

Happy 25th Anniversary, CPEN!

CPEN celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the 2014 International Cancer Education Conference! Click here to view a retrospective of previous CPEN conferences!


2014 Conference In Review

The 2014 International Cancer Education Conference, co-sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Education, the Cancer Patient Education Network, and the European Association for Cancer Education, was held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater, Florida, 22-25 October 2014. Over 250 professionals attended. The conference theme was Building Global Bridges, Providing Quality Cancer Education. Click here to view the program and additional details on the meeting.

Results are in!

CPEN is happy to announce our new 2015 Board members!

Chair-Elect: Donna Branson
Treasurer: Cindy Kratzke PhD, CHES
Members-at-Large: Jackie Foster MPH, RN, OCN; Massey Nematollahi (Canada)

A big thank you to our soon-to-be outgoing Board Members: Becki Brown, Lorianne Classen, Tamara Harth, Sally Hooper and Lina Mayorga.

Need NCI booklets? Join the CPEN Bulk Printing Program!

Are patient education materials too costly to print on your own? Join with other organizations to purchase NCI booklets at a lower cost in order to provide them for your patients and families. (Note: Orders for the third print run will need to be submitted by December 19, 2014 for printing and delivery by December 31, 2014.) Learn more...

Fatigue Tool Available

Cancer Fatigue VideoCheck out a great tool for people dealing with Cancer Related Fatigue. Click Here for the video.



CPEN Webinar recordings available for purchase

Click here to purchase recordings of two CPEN webinars, Exploring Ways to Educate Patients Using Social Media and Assessing Health Literacy Levels in Patient Education Materials and Useful Tools for Patient Education. Members may purchase a recording for $15 - you most login to receive the member rate. The nonmember rate is $25.

Virtual Tour of CPEN's Learning Resource Centers

The CPEN Learning Resource Center Committee developed a Virtual Tour of CPEN member LRCs. Carrie Arnold collated content and photos from 12 member institutions. This virtual tour features LRCs of all sizes and enables members to share valuable ideas regarding space design, staffing, and collection management.

Information for Patients and Their Families

These organizations provide up-to-date, credible information about cancer that has been reviewed by medical professionals. Click Here