Created in 2005, Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer (VTAAC) is a collaboration of individuals responsible for putting the Vermont Cancer Plan into action. We work to reduce cancer risk, detect cancers earlier, create better access to quality treatment, and improve quality of life for cancer survivors.  Our activities are focused on our ultimate goal: reducing the burden of cancer for all Vermonters.  We have created this site for the public and our members, and the resources here are provided for those seeking more information on cancer-related activities throughout the state.

Please check the newsfeed below for current VTAAC activities and resources.  To join our membership and receive our quarterly update, contact VTAAC Coordinator, Jessica French, at Jessica.French@cancer.org or call 802-872-6303. 




WHAT TO READ: Study finds that patients with long drive times experience delays in breast cancer treatment

Access to Care Taskforce publishes important article on treatment barriers for breast cancer patients in Vermont

We are excited to announce the publication of an article collaboratively written by members of the VTAAC, UVM, VDH, UVM Medical Center, and UVM Cancer Center community.  Released in August of 2016 in the Journal of Oncology Practice, the article investigates what can delay the time from diagnosis to first systemic treatment for women in Vermont with breast cancer.  Please take a moment to read about their research and findings here via PubMed.  Full access to the article can be obtained from the journal under the “full text links” option in the top right corner of the PubMed page.

Congratulations and thank you to all who contributed!


Johnson, A., Shulman, L., Kachajian, J., Sprague, B.L., Khan, F., James, T., Cranmer, D., Young, P., & Heimann, R. (2016).  Access to Care in Vermont: Factors Linked With Time to Chemotherapy for Women with Breast Cancer – A Retrospective Cohort Study.  Journal of Oncology Practice. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2016.013409



SAVE THE DATE: Scott Perrapato Speaks About Innovations and Strategies in Prostate Cancer at the First Lecture of Community Medical School at UVM on 9.6.16

Scott Perrapato, D.O., Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology, and VTAAC Co-Chair, will deliver the initial lecture of the Fall 2016 Community Medical School series at the University of Vermont Medical Center.   The first session is titled “Prostate Cancer: Innovations & Strategies for Reducing Mental and Physical Impact” and will be held on September 6 from 6:00 – 7:00pm in Carpenter Auditorium of UVM’s Given Medical Building.

Read more about his session here and spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to engage with professionals and community members concerned about prostate cancer.

Additional Information

Fall 2016 Community Medical School Presentation List

Men’s Health and Cancer


No Woman Should Die of Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  As CDC’s Vital Signs reported, as many as 93% of cervical cancers can be prevented by screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. The report is a great resource that offers visually dynamic information on the importance of screening and vaccination that could help prevent the more than 4,000 deaths from cervical cancer each year in this country. Click here for a copy.


For additional meeting information or information on how to join VTAAC, please contact the VTAAC Coordinator at Jessica.French@cancer.org.

September 9 – Steering Committee (10am – 12pm)

 September 9 – Quality of Life Workgroup (12pm – 1:30m)

September 12 – Lung Cancer Screening Taskforce (12pm – 2pm)

September 13 – Prevention & Detection Workgroup (2pm – 3:30pm)

September 15 – Skin Cancer Prevention/ Detection Taskforce (4pm – 5:30pm)

September 17 – Survivor Summit/Celebration (9am – 3pm)

October 7 – Women’s Health & Cancer Conference (8am – 4:30pm)

October 14 – Executive Committee (10am – 11:30am)

November 11 – Steering Committee (10am – 12pm)

December 9 – Executive Committee (10am – 11:30am)


CancerCare Connect Workshops for Cancer Survivors

CancerCare is a national organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, loved ones and the bereaved. They have created a series of educational workshops that you can listen to on the telephone or via live streaming through the internet. Unless otherwise noted, all calls are from 1:30-2:30pm.

  • January 14 – “Update from 2015 American S0ciety of Hematology Annual Meeting”
  • January 27 – “Latest Developments form the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium”
  • January 28 – “Living with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)”
  • February 1 – “Nutrition & Healthy Eating Tips During and After Cancer Treatments”
  • February 10 – “Taking Your Pills on Schedule – Why It Is So Important”
  • February 11 – “Update on Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia (CLL)”
  • February 17 – “Update on Treatment of Bladder Cancer”
  • February 24 – “Update on Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors”
  • February 26 – “When Diagnosis is Cancer of Unknown Primary: Guidelines for Care”
  • March 10 – “Treatment Update on Mantle Cell Lymphoma”
  • March 17 – “Managing the Costs of Care When You Have Lymphoma”
  • April 14 – “Progress in the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma, Part 1,Living with Multiple Myeloma”
  • April 28 – “Coping with the Stresses of Caregiving, Part 2 of Living with Multiple Myeloma”
  • More information is at: http://www.cancercare.org/connect

The financial costs that come with a cancer diagnosis can often be overwhelming. CancerCare is a member of the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC), a group of organizations that help cancer patients and their loved ones manage the financial challenges of cancer. Visit www.cancerfac.org for an up-to-date database of organizations that offer financial help to people with cancer. For more information, visit: www.cancercare.org.`

Welcome To Our Web Site

VTAAC LogoVermonters Taking Action Against Cancer (VTAAC) offers the power of collaboration to what otherwise might be a lonely fight.

Created in 2005, VTAAC is responsible for putting the Vermont Cancer Plan into action by preventing overlap and directing resources to where they matter most in our state. Our activities are focused on reaching our ultimate goal: reducing the burden of cancer for all Vermonters.

VTAAC is a growing network of groups and individuals that speaks with one voice about reducing cancer risk, detecting cancers earlier, creating better access to quality cancer treatment, and improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.

We hope our site will be a resource for those seeking more information on cancer-related activities throughout the state.

For more information on VTAAC, Jessica French, VTAAC Coordinator at Jessica.French@cancer.org, or call 802-872-6303.

VTAAC provides a forum for collaboration, engagement and sharing of resources for individuals and organizations concerned about cancer in Vermont.

Vermont Department of Health Publishes Cancer Screening Recommendations

The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) has recently released 2 bulletins outlining approved cancer screening guidelines.

One document is for health care providers. The VDH recommends that health care providers have informed discussions with patients about preventive cancer screenings. The current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations are highlighted because they are consensus guidelines. USPSTF is an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine: www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

To download a copy, click here.

One document is for patients. This is a summary of the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for preventive cancer screenings. The USPSTF is an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The recommendations apply to people with no signs or symptoms of these diseases. More information can be found at: www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org

To download a copy, click here.

VTAAC Workgroup, Taskforce and Committee Update

VTAAC has developed two workgroups to address the strategies in the Vermont State Cancer Plan.

The Prevention & Detection workgroup is charged with developing strategies to meet the Prevention and Detection Goals of the Vermont State Cancer Plan (Goals 1-2, 4-6). Nicole Lukas (VDH) is co-chair for the new workgroup and a workplan was created. There are currently 4 taskforces  working in this group. The workgroup met in August to approve  strategies for the 2020 State Cancer Plan and will meet again on December 10th to address takforces.

The Quality of Life workgroup is charged with developing strategies to achieve the Quality of Life Goals (#10-15) in the Vermont State Cancer Plan. These goals cover written survivorship plans, palliative care, emotional/ psychosocial support, complementary medicine and end-of-life care. Kathy McBeth (UVMMC) is the chair. The workgroup met in August to approve  strategies for the 2020 State Cancer Plan and will meet again on November 20th to address taskforces.

Task Force Updates

  • The Quality of Life workgroup is reviewing its taskforces for 2015-16.
  • The Prevention and Detection workgroup has four taskforces: Colorectal is chaired by Justin Pentenrieder (ACS) will be promoting the national 80% by 2018 screening program; Breast & Cervical is chaired by Nicole Lukas (VDH) and is looking to set up a free screening day in 2016; HPV is chaired by Chris Finley (VDH) and is looking at messaging for parents and educators; and Sun Safety is chaired by Sharon Mallory (VDH) has met  to address the rising rate of melanoma in Vermont and is looking into developing a training program on skin cancer screening.
  • The Men’s Health taskforce chaired by Scott Perrapato (UVMMC) is looking at several projects to raise awareness on Men’s Health issues and support for research on men’s cancers. They presented the Men’s Health Conference held on June 26, 2015. A Men’s Cancer Resource page has been created on the VTAAC website.

Committee Updates

  • The Legislative Committee, chaired by Jill Sudhoff-Guerin (ACSCAN) has produced a Legislative report for this year’s session.
  • The Membership Committee, chaired by Ali Johnson (VDH) has instituted a membership registration form and a member database.

Participation on all workgroups, taskforces, and committees is open to all VTAAC members. If you are interested in working on any group please contact David Cranmer at info@vtaac.org or 802-872-6303.