Nearly a hundred cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state rode the rails on a whistle stop-style campaign train ride to the state Capitol in Santa Fe today to meet with lawmakers and gain support for cancer-fighting policies.
Patient Quality of Life Press Releases
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.
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.
“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.”
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing today on H.R. 3119, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), is a major step forward in advancing quality of life for cancer patients, survivors and their families.
ACS CAN has released the annual report that rates each state on their public policies in 10 issue areas that can help fight cancer, prevent cancer, and make life better for patients.
Progress Slows in States Enacting Balanced Patient Pain Policies for Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases
WASHINGTON, D.C. July 12, 2016 Fewer states are enacting balanced policies that enhance the delivery of effective pain management for patients battling a chronic disease such as cancer, according to a new report issued today by leading researchers and the American Cancer Society (ACS) and its adv
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.
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.