Become a Member of CPEN!

The Cancer Patient Education Network is a dedicated group of healthcare professionals who share experiences and best practices in all aspects of cancer patient education.

Join the CPEN family – we are committed to promoting and providing models of excellence in patient, family, and community education across the continuum of care.

Need to do some convincing? Download a letter to give to your boss that explains the benefits that CPEN members receive (and, therefore, their employers benefit from)!


$160.00 through December 31, 2024

Open to all individuals actively engaged in a cancer education, patient education, and training.

An Active member in good standing shall be entitled to all membership privileges, including the right to vote, be elected to office and chair or serve on a committee.

Apply Online for Active Membership 


$55.00 through December 31, 2024

Open to individuals who are students, fellows, residents, volunteers, retirees, or who reside in LMI (low- and middle-income) countries as defined by the World Bank.

Associate members shall not vote and shall not be candidates for any election, but shall receive all tangible benefits of membership and may participate in all non-elected committees.

Apply Online for Associate Membership


Please allow two weeks for processing and approval of your application, and access to members-only website content. Please note that CPEN membership runs from January 1 - December 31.  

Questions? Contact Headquarters at any time at

CPEN Member Code of Ethics

Adherence to ethical standards is a key criterion in all aspects of cancer patient education and is a requirement for membership in the Cancer Patient Education Network and participation in its activities. 

I, as a member of the Cancer Patient Education Network, shall:

  • Maintain a high level of personal integrity and professional competence;
  • Act always in a manner that reflects creditably upon my profession;
  • Protect confidential information;
  • Disclose potential conflicts of interest;
  • Understand, promote, and implement the laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards applicable to the field of cancer patient education and specifically to my position;
  • Abide by the CPEN Bylaws and any administrative policies designated by the Board of Directors; and
  • Uphold this Code of Ethics in the conduct of my duties and in my professional associations.

Apply by Mail/Fax

If you prefer to pay by check, you may download the hard copy application form.

Download the CPEN Membership Application  

Membership Benefits  

Members stay connected and share best practices through a listserv, newsletter, CPEN Engagement Lounges, CPEN Connections webinars, Committees and Special Interest Groups and the International Cancer Education Conference. We hope you will take advantage of the following CPEN membership benefits

  • Access to a directory of multidisciplinary professionals who are actively involved with cancer patient education initiatives locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Opportunities to network, consult, and partner with other organizations and professionals through the member listserv, the annual conference, and other activities
  • Participation in CPEN Webinars and access to recordings. 2023 Recordings include:
    • Making the Case for Collaboration between Oncology and Primary Care:  Overview of Fox Chase Cancer Center's Survivorship Program
    • Caring for the Caregiver through Caregiver Education
    • CancerBuddy - Overview of a Peer Support App Offered by the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation
    • Integrating Patient Education Resources into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
    • Partnering with Interpreter Services
    • Cancer Legal Resource Center Presentation
    • Functions and Advantages of Health Literacy Advisor
    • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Patient Resources
    • Writing Plainly:  Why It Matters and Tools to Show You How to Do It
    • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN):  Patient Information Resources
    • Technology in Practice
    • Adapting Volunteer and Supportive Resource Programs into a Multi-Modal Resource Distribution Model
  • Publishing, presentation, research, and mentoring, or mentorship opportunities
  • Participation in CPEN committees and Special Interest Groups: Professional Development, Learning Resource Centers, or Membership
  • Opportunities for leadership and involvement at a national level on the CPEN Board
  • Special and discounted registration rates to attend the International Cancer Education Conference held in the Fall of each year
  • Reduced subscription rate of $65 to the Journal of Cancer Education
  • Access to the National Cancer Institute's Print-on-Demand publications
  • Members-only access to resources and documents on the CPEN website, including the Patient Education Practice Guidelines for Health Care Professionals and the CPEN Benchmarking Report.
  • Opportunities to be nominated for a CPEN Annual Award: Excellence in Cancer Patient Education, Rising Star Award, or Founders Distinguished Service Award