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Passionate Cancer Patient Advocate At Stony Brook Named Co-Chair Of National Survivorship Committee


Passionate Cancer Patient Advocate At Stony Brook Named Co-Chair Of National Survivorship Committee

Linda Bily named to national post with Cancer Patient Education Network

Linda Bily Photo by Jeanne Neville

., January 18, 2011 – Linda Bily, Supervisor and Patient Advocate at the 
Stony Brook University Cancer Center
 , has been named Co-Chair of the Survivorship Committee of the national 
Cancer Patient Education Network


Bily has been employed with Stony Brook since 1990 and serves as a strong cancer patient advocate at the Cancer Center. She also performs community outreach on behalf of the Cancer Center and has been honored for her volunteer work with the Michael Maffetone Community Service Award. She serves on the Cancer Advocates Coalition and the GIFT Program of Stony Brook Foundation. 


She will serve as co-chair of CPEN’s Survivorship Committee with Kathy Denton of MD Anderson Cancer Center. The committee’s focus is on issues related to cancer survivorship. 

“This is a great honor and outstanding recognition of an outstanding advocate for our cancer patients at Stony Brook,” said Rose Cardin, RN, MSN, Associate Director of Nursing and Psychiatry and Administrator for Cancer Services at Stony Brook University Medical Center. 

“Linda will represent the interests of cancer patients nationwide with the same professionalism and passion she brings to her job every day at Stony Brook,” Cardin said. 


“As a breast cancer survivor, I am passionate about the need for all cancer patients to have the tools necessary for them to advocate for their own best health care,” Bily said. “I serve as a patient advocate and continue to volunteer within the community, and on a national level, as a community outreach educator, grant reviewer, hotline counselor and mentor/buddy. I just love what I do.” 


A non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, VA, CPEN was initiated in 1989 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a structure for strengthening cancer education in cooperation with patient educators at NCI-designated Cancer Centers in the U.S. 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. The organization works in collaboration with NCI’s Office of Communication & Education. 


About Stony Brook University Medical Center 

Stony Brook University Medical Center is Long Island’s only university-based academic medical center. It serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Center, Cancer Center, the Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, the Institute for Advanced Neurosciences, and the Gastroenterology Program. Stony Brook provides Suffolk County’s only Level IV Regional Perinatal Center, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Department, ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit

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