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Cancer Survivors’ Views Make a Difference

Survivor Views is a groundbreaking program designed to further engage cancer survivors in the important policy issues that are part of ACS CAN’s fight against cancer.  Over 3,000 cancer survivors have agreed to participate in Survivor Views by responding to regular surveys on policy issues that support the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and promote survivors’ quality of life.

Through Survivor Views, ACS CAN hears directly from cancer survivors about their experiences and their perspectives on critical cancer-related issues.  This information helps shape the development of policy positions and provides important evidence to support the enactment of these policies.

74%

of cancer patients had to miss work to receive care or treatment.

View the survey findings

Latest Updates

December 15, 2021
National

The majority of cancer patients in the United States say they struggle to afford the costs of their cancer care.

December 7, 2021
National

A new survey offers insight into how a national paid family and medical leave program could benefit cancer patients and survivors who struggle with missed work and lost income due to their illness.

October 28, 2021
National

A new survey shows cancer patients and recent survivors have had a positive experience using telehealth in the wake of the pandemic and are willing to use or adapt to using telehealth services in the future.

June 2, 2021
National

Cancer patients and survivors continue to deal with the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their ability to access necessary health care.

Survivor Views Resources

A majority of cancer patients and survivors struggle to afford cancer care and over 80% have had to make financial sacrifices to cover their health care expenses. This survey also reveals ways that affordability concerns can negatively impact care and treatment, and explores issues related to prescription drug coverage and pain management options.

The latest Survivor Views survey offers insight into how a national paid family and medical leave program could benefit cancer patients and survivors who struggle with missed work and lost income due to their illness. While only about one-fifth of workers in the United States have access to employer-paid family leave, 74% of patients and survivors surveyed have had to miss work and the majority have had to miss more than a month, with often difficult financial impacts.

With significant changes in how care has been accessed since the start of the pandemic, cancer patients and survivors report positive experiences using telehealth and are willing to use or adapt to using remote care services and technologies in the future. This survey also finds strong willingness to participate in cancer clinical trials, with interest increasing if trial sponsors offset non-medical costs such as travel and lodging.




Survivor Views is made possible by support from Bristol Myers Squibb, Amgen, Merck, Pfizer, and Sanofi