Allison Rosen, MS

Stage IIc Survivor

After years of struggling with Crohn’s disease, Allison Rosen was diagnosed with Stage IIc colorectal cancer at the age of 32. Following an often difficult course, including multiple surgical procedures, radiation and chemotherapy, she is now cancer-free for 8 years. She has consciously and deliberately devoted her life, both inside and outside of her employment in the oncology field, to serving as a fervent patient advocate.

The past 5 years she has been working in outreach, education, and prevention in the field of colorectal cancer. This work largely consists of designing, implementing, and evaluating public health programs and initiatives which address increasing cancer awareness and improving clinical care disparities.

As a volunteer, Allison has been involved in policy work, assisting such organizations as Fight Colorectal Cancer, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

In addition, she has been active in community engagement in her leadership roles within the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (as a member of the Never Too Young Board) and the Colon Cancer Coalition (as the Houston “Get Your Rear in Gear” event Director). She often plays the role of patient advocate within the oncology space and for academic institutions, such as MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, serving on various research grants and patient experience councils during the past 7 years.

Her most recent appointments have been as a member of the Research Advocacy Training and Support program with Fight Colorectal Cancer and with SWOG Cancer Research Network as a community advocate, representing the adolescent and young adult community.

As a consequence of her own personal experience beating Stage II colorectal cancer, Allison has experience on both sides of the fence and works to bridge the gap between the healthcare system and the communities it serves.

Favorite media binge of 2020? It’s definitely Schitt’s Creek.

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