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Barbara Hoffman, Legal Research & Writing Professor, Honored by the Association of Community Cancer Centers

March 12, 2010 – 
Barbara Hoffman, Legal Research and Writing Instructor at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and a prominent advocate for the rights of cancer survivors, has been selected by the Association of Community Cancer Centers to receive its 2010 Annual Achievement Award. The award recognizes her long-standing advocacy, dedication, and commitment to quality cancer survivorship services and education. It will be presented at the ACCC’s 36th Annual National Meeting on March 19.

Ms. Hoffman is the founding chair of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the editor of three editions of A Cancer Survivor’s Almanac: Charting Your Journey, and the author of book chapters, articles, and web content on the legal rights of people with disabilities and on cancer survivorship. An advocate since the 1980s for cancer survivors and individuals with disabilities, she has served as a consultant to the National Cancer Institute as well as to comprehensive cancer centers and nonprofit organizations. She was an area specialist to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship’s “Cancer Survival Toolbox” and is the recipient of the President’s Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

“Since the 1970s,” Ms. Hoffman noted, “cancer survivors have benefited from improvements in cancer treatment, the passage of state and federal antidiscrimination laws, and a sea change in perceptions about living with and beyond cancer. Consequently, cancer survivors now face fewer barriers to employment opportunities. Because millions of cancer survivors, more than ever before, are now working-age adults, advocacy efforts should shift from expanding legal protection from cancer-based discrimination to providing resources to help survivors meet their individual employment-related concerns.”

Ms. Hoffman earned an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Villanova University.