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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ACS CAN submitted comments to FDA regarding questions relevant to the newly formed FDA Opioid Policy Steering Committee.

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.

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.

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 CAN was pleased that CDC heeded our prior request to allow open public comment on the proposed CDC opioid prescribing guideline, but remains concerned about the content and implementation of the proposed guideline.  

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  This letter summarizes ACS CAN's concerns with the draft guideline and requests that the proposal be withdrawn.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.