Oral Chemotherapy


Imagine the choice for a cancer patient - stay at home and take a chemotherapy pill or travel miles from home to receive the drug through an IV. Seems easy, right? Unfortunately, many cancer patients are denied that simple choice because insurance companies can charge patients more for taking a pill while sitting at their own kitchen table than going to a doctor's office with receptionists, nurses and other overhead costs. 

We're working in states across the country and in Congress to pass laws requiring insurance companies to charge the same for chemotherapy pills as they do for an IV. Not only will these laws increase access to these lifesaving drugs for cancer patients, they will also improve patient quality of life. 

ACS CAN has helped pass laws in 42 states to improve chemotherapy choices for cancer patients.

Latest Updates

January 14, 2019

Lansing, MI – January 14, 2019 – As lawmakers dive into the new year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is asking that legislators support legislation that will ease the burden of cancer in Michigan. The latest edition of the ACS CAN’s How Do You Measure

September 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Cancer patients’ access to affordable chemotherapy they can take at home will continue to be protected if Governor Jerry Brown signs legislation passed last week. Assembly Bill (AB) 1860 extends a law helping to equalize out-of-pocket costs for oral chemotherapy and intravenous chemotherapy. The legislation was

April 25, 2018

ABC News 12 LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - (04/25/18) - A group of health care advocates are trying to align Michigan's policies with more than 43 other states. Those other states provide equal health insurance coverage of chemotherapy, whether it's taken by needle or

April 12, 2018

As the 2018 Idaho Legislative Session ends, we wanted to update you about the successes of this sessions’ cancer priorities. This past January over 50 advocates attended the Day at the Capitol event to discuss these two topics with lawmakers: Raising the sale of all tobacco products to age 21