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As a recognized expert in cancer health policy, ACS CAN develops reports, white papers, testimony, fact sheets, regulatory comment letters and public policy on a wide range of issues related to preventing cancer and improving the health care system for persons with cancer and survivors.  We encourage you to use this resource to learn more about our issue priorities and policy work. If you can't find something you need, you may contact us by using our contact form and selecting Policy Resources from the drop-down menu.

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Patient Quality of Life

ACS CAN advocates for policies that improve the lives of cancer patients by making treatment of their pain and other symptoms and coordination of their care standard protocol throughout their treatment for cancer, starting at the point of diagnosis.
 

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The Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) at the University of Wisconsin, the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) have released a report grading states on their enactment of balanced policies to enhance the delivery of effective pain management

This scorecard evaluates balance between needed access to pain medication for cancer patients and efforts to reduce misuse and abuse of pain medications.

Our brochure helps educate cancer patients and their caregivers about palliative care and its benefits. From where you can find it to how you receive it, the brochure can help cancer patients access this important level of medical care.

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Research, Funding and Drug Development

Improvements in outcomes for cancer patients require continued research and innovation.  ACS CAN advocates for robust federal funding for cancer research, as well as research and drug approval policies that accelerate the development of new treatments while still ensuring patient safety.

The costs of conducting cancer research include a variety of specific items ranging from researcher salaries, to laboratory supplies, along with utilities and maintenance. 

ACS CAN along with over 80 other patient organizations provided support and feedback to FDA regarding the creation of an Office of Patient Affairs that would help coordinate patient involvement at FDA.

Expanded access inovolves accessing unapproved therapies outside of clinical trials.  This process has been in existience since the late 1980s, and currently there have been calls to change the process.

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Access to Health Care

ACS CAN advocates for policies that provide access to treatments and services people with cancer need for their care - including those who may be newly diagnosed, in active treatment and cancer survivors.

ACS CAN submitted comments regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Survey called Innovation Center New Direction.

Financial assistance may be available to help people with lower incomes afford their health insurance.

Between November 1, 2017 and December 15, 2017, you may have the opportunity to renew your existing health insurance plan or buy a new plan through the insurance marketplaces.  If you are living with cancer or are a survivor it is especially important to choose a health insurance plan that best m

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Prevention and Early Detection

ACS CAN advocates for public policies that can prevent nearly half of all cancer deaths by ensuring access to recommended cancer screenings, protecting the public from skin cancer risk, reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke and supporting people in increasing physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and managing their weight.

ACS CAN submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on their proposed rule to delay the compliance date for the updated Nutrition Facts label by 18 months.

In 2014, 32 percent of Medicaid enrollees were smokers, compared with 17 percent of the general population. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with more than 480,000 deaths each year caused by cigarette smoking.

Approximately 20 percent of all cancers are caused by poor diet, physical inactivity, excess weight and excess alcohol consumption.