Patient Quality of Life


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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Congress: Improve The Quality Of Life For Cancer Patients And Survivors

Ask your Representative to support PCHETA to improve the quality of life for patients of all ages living with cancer, as well as their families and caregivers.

Latest Updates

March 27, 2020
West Virginia

Charleston, W. Va. – As lawmakers were finishing up the legislative session, they continue to think about 12,380 West Virginians who will hear the words “you have cancer” this year, and the over 300 West Virginians currently diagnosed with a bleeding disorder. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS

November 7, 2019

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) annual policy forum will focus on issues in oncology and health care policy affecting the lives of tri-state residents and everyday Americans.

October 30, 2019

The U.S. House has unanimously passed our bill to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors. This win was thanks to the hard work, persistence and dedication of ACS CAN volunteers who have tirelessly championed this bill. Earlier this year, ACS CAN challenged their volunteers to help

October 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. – October 28, 2019 – Today the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). The bipartisan bill would increase federal research funding for palliative care, including pain and symptom management, and would establish palliative care education and training programs

Patient Quality of Life Resources

1. What is the ACS CAN Quality of Life initiative?

Palliative care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

In response to a proposal to reschedule certain pain medications, ACS CAN offered comments expressing concern over the effects of the action on the ability for cancer patients to access needed treatment for their pain.