Oral Chemotherapy


Imagine the choice for a cancer patient - stay at home and take a chemotherapy pill or travel miles from home to receive the drug through an IV. Seems easy, right? Unfortunately, many cancer patients are denied that simple choice because insurance companies can charge patients more for taking a pill while sitting at their own kitchen table than going to a doctor's office with receptionists, nurses and other overhead costs. 

We're working in states across the country and in Congress to pass laws requiring insurance companies to charge the same for chemotherapy pills as they do for an IV. Not only will these laws increase access to these lifesaving drugs for cancer patients, they will also improve patient quality of life. 

ACS CAN has helped pass laws in 42 states to improve chemotherapy choices for cancer patients.

Latest Updates

August 11, 2016
Rhode Island

ACS CAN has released the annual report that rates each state on their public policies in 10 issue areas that can help fight cancer, prevent cancer, and make life better for patients.

August 6, 2015

From New Hampshire to Hawaii, state legislatures made important progress in saving lives from cancer during their 2015 legislative sessions. But, the news was not all good as many states are still failing to pass legislation that would prevent cancer, reduce youth smoking, improve access to cancer care and significantly

June 18, 2015
New Hampshire

Yesterday, New Hampshire House and Senate conferees reached a deal on enacting oral chemotherapy fairness in the Granite State. The original legislation, Senate Bill 137, had previously received a unanimous Senate committee vote and widespread bi-partisan support.

May 19, 2015
New Hampshire

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Amber Hillman American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Phone: 508-450-8690 (cell) E-mail: Amber.Hillman@cancer.org ACS CAN Statement on Oral Chemotherapy Fairness Committee Vote The following can be attributed to Mike Rollo, New Hampshire director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action