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Cancer Champions, LLC Helping to bring clarity to the confusion of a cancer diagnosis

Cancer Champions, LLC Helping to bring clarity to the confusion of a cancer diagnosis
Cancer Champions, LLC Helping to bring clarity to the confusion of a cancer diagnosis
Lead Advocate or Care Manager's Name: Dana Hutson
City, State, or Location:

Virginia,DC Metro & Nationwide

All of my clients share  feelings of anxiety, confusion and fear when faced with a cancer diagnosis.  They are navigating a complex healthcare system and don’t know what they don’t know.

Cancer Champions provides personalized, compassionate navigation and expertise to advocate for you locally in DC metro and nationwide.

Are you confused about treatment options, medical language, clinical trials and procedures?  I  help you evaluate your treatment options, understand your diagnosis, connect with centers of excellence for second opinions and supportive resources resulting in reduction of the confusion, anxiety and fear so you can make decisions with confidence and peace.

My extensive background in oncology (treatment and study of cancer) means I can translate medical terminology into language you understand.   I am skilled at researching clinical trials and can help you evaluate treatment centers and options so you don’t waste valuable time.

My substantial professional network provides you access to experts and unique insights.  My personal experience navigating my father’s cancer journey has given me empathy for the needs of the individual facing the disease and their family members.

Unlike hospital navigators and advocates, I work for you and not a specific medical institution. I am 100% committed to advocating for your needs and goals and I will help you uncover options that apply to your specific situation.

Some of the services I provide, but are not limited to:

  • Helping prepare for and/or accompany you to medical appointments to maximize the time with you physician
  • Researching and coordination of second opinions
  • Researching cancer clinical trials
  • Connecting you with professional and community cancer support services
  • Coordination of multiple specialists
  • Improving communication between you and your healthcare team
  • Reviewing and assisting with insurance appeals for denied treatments
  • Connecting you with pharmaceutical and biotech resources to access therapy
Experience: I have worked in private, independent practice for: 2 to 5 years
Experience: I have provided patient support and assistance for: More than 5 years
For More Information: Cancer Champions
Phone: 703-403-7600
Advocate's Rating: (8)
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  • Cancer Champions, LLC Helping to bring clarity to the confusion of a cancer diagnosis

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I highly recommend Dana for the following reasons: Compassion: Dana listened and responded in a caring and respectful manner. Knowledge: Dana's in depth knowledge and professionalism assisted us in the complex area of health insurance. Timeliness: Dana responded in a timely manner to all our requests. Cost/Benefit: The benefits of Dana's expertise far outweighed the cost of service.
Michael | August 5, 2020
Hiring Dana was the best decision we made on this cancer journey. It's difficult enough dealing with changing health concerns and tons of appointments, but trying to figure out whether the nuclear med dr I was told to see was in-network or not was more than I could handle since I was consistently given conflicting info. My sister, a nurse, recommended we hire a patient advocate. The company we contacted was unable to assist us, but they recommended Cancer Champions. I am so thankful they did! Dana did in a few days what I had been unable to do in a much longer time period on my own – she found out that my insurance company reps hadn't understood what treatments I need nor had they been using the correct codes. Once Dana talked with the right people (she has great contacts!), she figured it out and let us know that the dr I was told to see IS in-network with our insurance. She also got confirmation that everything involved in the next step in my treatment will be covered in-network. Further, she not only sent us a summary of her notes – from phones calls to my doctors, my insurance company, the facility I'll be going to, etc. – she also emailed me information about a procedure I'll be having and reached out to an expert in the field and obtained his article on the subject. She relayed all information via phone as well as the emailed documents. Her kind, caring demeanor was outstanding! Getting the resolution we were hoping for was wonderful, but just knowing that Dana was “on the case” gave me peace even before she delivered the great news.
Heidi in Virginia | February 18, 2020
On behalf of the entire Turner Family we cannot leave a review high enough to reflect Dana's passion and love for the community of people she helps. Just chatting on the phone with her completely eased our minds and hearts despite any bad news we were facing. She is a gift from God and we are forever thankful she was a part of our journey.
Turner Family | January 8, 2020
As an oncologist, I have found Dana to be very helpful in my patient’s care. She has been there for her at every step and has helped out tremendously with having her deal with the day to day issues of treatment planning. She is a tremendous resource who would be beneficial for any patient who is dealing with a devastating diagnosis such as cancer. I would recommend Dana to any patient who needs help in dealing with the diagnosis of cancer.May God Bless her in the work she does for sick cancer patients.
Khalid | December 5, 2019
As someone diagnosed with a rare, aggressive cancer just 5 months ago, I was overwhelmed and confused. I wasn't sure whether my doctors were doing what I needed. I asked Dana to review my case and it was the best thing I've done since diagnosis. I'm so grateful I made the decision to work with Dana. For a very reasonable fee, she actually did more than expected. She is smart, organized, prompt, and compassionate. I am now much more confident regarding treatment options and what my doctors should be doing. My head has stopped spinning and I can sleep at night. Worth every penny.
Lori Raff | February 7, 2019
5 stars is just not enough for Dana Hutson. Dana has been a godsend to our family. In November, 2017 we lost my elderly father with Dementia. He was the victim of poor decision-making on the part of a consulting physician in the emergency room. A cascade of events resulting from that decision led to the acceleration of my father’s death within a 30 day period. My family has been struggling to bring closure to this situation. My mother and I met Dana during a presentation she gave at Lansdowne Woods a few months ago. The presentation described exactly what our experience was at the hospital with my father. We hired Dana to go back and research the entire 30 day hospital experience and assist us in understanding what happened. Dana spent numerous hours reviewing hundreds of pages of notes from four different hospitals. As suspected, my father was chemically sedated and failed to recover. My father was denied his rights which ended in death. My father’s experience is far too common across the country. Unfortunately, we didn’t meet Dana until after my father’s death. If we had Dana’s guidance, my father would still be living today. I highly recommend seeking Dana’s assistance in advocating and supporting you during any type of medical situation. We will forever be grateful to Dana for bringing closure to our family.
Maureen Robbins | July 2, 2018
I found Dana on this site and working with her has been an absolute blessing for my family. She was able to quickly assess my mom's situation and immediately offer solutions that made a difference. Her knowledge and tireless legwork is a gamechanger for families trying to negotiate the healthcare system.
Sam Eder | June 26, 2018
It’s difficult to express in words the importance of an advocate when faced with a life changing scenario like cancer. Dana was amazing providing incredible counsel and guidance that was critical in the early days of our diagnosis. I could not imagine going through this again without the caring, loving expertise that Dana Hutson brought to our family. She is an angel.
Eric from Atlanta | January 11, 2018

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