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Patient Quality of Life Press Releases

January 25, 2017

New Mexico Cancer Community Urges Support for Palliative Care Legislation to Improve Patient Quality of Life

New Mexicans suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses face more than just the symptoms of their disease.  The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) backs legislation introduced today to highlight the critical need for palliative care programs, a growing field of specialized medical care that improves the quality of life of patients and their families by focusing on relief from pain, stress and other symptoms.

January 25, 2017

33 Health Organizations Urge Congress to Update Oversight Rules for Laboratory Developed Tests

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and 32 other organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to update oversight rules for all diagnostic tests, including laboratory developed tests (LDTs). The groups, which represent patients, scientists, advocates, caregivers, and health care professionals, also want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to play a central role in future oversight of such tests.

January 12, 2017

Stillwater senator introduces bill to improve palliative care statewide

“The biggest challenges Minnesotans face with receiving palliative care are a lack of education about what it is and a shortage of trained providers,” Housley explained, “An advisory council would help us determine how to address those needs in rural communities, big cities, and everywhere in between.”

July 8, 2016

House Passes Bipartisan Opioid Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 8, 2016 Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Addictions and Recovery Act (CARA), which includes provisions to address the use and abuse of opioid medications.

June 16, 2016

ACS CAN and the Alliance Host Roundtable Briefing to Address Chronic Pain Management

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the Alliance to Prevent the Abuse of Medicines (Alliance), are bringing together patients, advocates, health care professionals and industry experts for an open discussion on the importance of preserving patient access to pain medications when appropriate as policy makers work to adopt new policies to deter opioid abuse and misuse.