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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Quiz Time: How can we improve care for cancer patients?

We need to improve the quality of life for cancer patients both during treatment and into survivorship. And we know one way to do it. How?

Latest Updates

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

October 9, 2018
Maryland

While Epidemic Rages, Opioids Remain Key Component in Treating Cancer Pain ACS CAN Director of State and Local Campaigns David Woodmansee Quoted in the Baltimore Sun. Cancer patients and survivors, said David Woodmansee, directors of state and local campaigns for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

October 3, 2018
National

Washington, D.C. – Following negotiations between both chambers of Congress, a comprehensive and bipartisan legislative package to address the nation’s opioid epidemic now heads to the president’s desk for approval and enactment. The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act includes key

September 10, 2018
Montana

Many stakeholders are involved in the health care debate, and often the concerns of patients, consumers and their family caregivers can be underrepresented. Health Votes Montana is a series of six nonpartisan state candidate legislative forums focused on addressing these key issues around cancer and aging, disease prevention and access to quality, affordable health coverage. Health Votes Montana is sponsored by ACS CAN, AARP Montana and the Montana Primary Care Association.

Patient Quality of Life Resources

 

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

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.

This article in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the value of cancer patients receiving early, specialized palliative care.