Patient Quality of Life

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Less pain. Emotional stability. Caregiver support. Nutritional guidance.

These are what cancer patients and survivors need when coping with the side effects of cancer treatment. We can reduce health care spending and save more lives by looking beyond treating the cancer and focusing on treating the patient as well.

By supporting the courage, passion and determination of cancer patients and cancer survivors, we will help them defeat cancer and thrive once again.

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Latest Updates

April 10, 2019
National

Washington, D.C. – April 10, 2019 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a clarification to its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (Guideline) yesterday, noting the 2016 guidance is not meant to restrict access to appropriate pain treatment for people living with chronic

April 9, 2019
Maryland

An ambience of sadness and loss permeated this year’s Sine Die —the last day of the 90-day, Maryland General Assembly Session—as we processed the loss of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, a true health care champion. It is fitting that we made so much progress this year. Please take a

Cancer Candor Blog
March 28, 2019

Mariah Forster Olson, an ACS CAN Ambassador Constituent Team Lead (ACT Lead), traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to share her story as a childhood cancer survivor and to advocate on behalf of other patients and survivors during the 2019 Childhood Cancer Action Days.

October 10, 2018
Connecticut

"Also in attendance was Adam Clemens from Glastonbury, who became an ACS CAN advocate over a decade ago in honor of his mother, who he lost to breast cancer. Clemens met with Connecticut's Congressional delegation to ask for support in three key areas in the cancer fight. They discussed the

Patient Quality of Life Resources

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness - from point of diagnosis onward. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. This report shares the stories of patients who have benefited from palliative care and providers who deliver this important care.

ACS was invited to review a draft version of a CDC guideline on the use of opioids for chronic pain.  This letter summarizes ACS CAN's concerns with the draft guideline and requests that the proposal be withdrawn.

The Administration developed a draft National Pain Strategy laying out a cross-agency vision of improving pain treatment in the U.S.  As an organizational priority, ACS CAN provided comments on the strategy and encourage the Administration to commit to its implementation.