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.


January 10, 2017 – Joint Payer Task Force Meeting (1:30pm – 2:30pm)

January 17, 2017 – VTAAC Evaluation Committee Meeting (3:00-4:30pm)

January 20, 2017 – Steering Committee Annual Retreat (9am – 3pm)

January 30, 2017 – Lung Cancer Screening Task Force Call (12pm – 1pm)

February 2, 2017 – Skin Cancer Task Force Meeting (3:30pm – 5:00pm)

February 7, 2017 – Cancer Epi Team Meeting (2:30pm – 4:00pm)

February 9, 2017 – Prevention & Detection Workgroup (10:30am – 12:00pm)

For additional meeting information or information on how to join VTAAC, please contact the VTAAC Coordinator at 

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:

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 for an up-to-date database of organizations that offer financial help to people with cancer. For more information, visit:`

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, 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:

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:

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 or 802-872-6303.


Every Vermonter Can Take Action Against Cancer!

 •Avoid all tobacco products and second-hand smoke.
•Support smoke-free environments.
•Eat a nutritious and balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight.
•Increase your daily physical activity.
• Reduce exposure to the sun and avoid indoor tanning.
•Have your home checked for radon gas.
•Talk to your health care provider about appropriate cancer screenings.