Palliative Care


Most Americans and even many doctors have it wrong.  Palliative care is not just about end of life care.   

Palliative care services support patients from the point of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. 

Palliative care is coordinated patient care that treats the patient as well as the disease.  It provides cancer patients and their caregivers an extra layer of support, making available a team of experts focused on relieving pain, managing emotional stress and other supportive services. 

This care improves the quality of life of cancer patients and cancer survivors, saving lives and reducing health care costs. 

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U.S. House of Representatives

Ask the U.S. House to vote on our patient quality of life bill

With more than half of all U.S. Representatives supporting our legislation, we have the votes, Now, we need to push Congress to vote on our bill.

Latest Updates

April 16, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH – April 16, 2018 – State legislators will hear firsthand from cancer patients and survivors tomorrow during Cancer Awareness Day at the Capitol. The day-long gathering organized by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) draws cancer advocates from around the state to urge lawmakers

April 7, 2018
Illinois, Kansas

Today, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill to improve quality of life for patients with serious, long-term illnesses through expanded access to palliative care. Hilary Gee, Kansas government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released the following statement in response:

April 4, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final Medicare rule yesterday that did not include a proposal that would have set hard limits on opioid pain medication at the pharmacy unless an insurer authorized special permission for a larger dose.

March 29, 2018
West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W. Va., March 29, 2018– The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the American Cancer Society (Society) commend the West Virginia legislature and Governor for improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their families through palliative care and for recognizing March as Colorectal

Palliative Care Resources

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.

This video from the Center to Advance Palliative Care explores palliative care, and follows the experience of Joyce Jann and her family, as they work with a palliative care team at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida.