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

March 7, 2018
West Virginia

Charleston, WV–March 7, 2018 –The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and AARP commends the West Virginia legislature for improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their families through palliative care. ACS CAN and AARP are proud to have lead the effort to pass this legislation

February 15, 2018
South Carolina

Columbia, SC–February 15, 2018– This statement can be attributed to Beth Johnson, director of government relations in South Carolina for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). “Representative Mary Gail Douglas and Representative Ray Felder with co-sponsors Representative Robert Ridgeway and Representative Bruce Bryant, introduced a bill yesterday

February 1, 2018
Illinois, West Virginia

Cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state traveled to the West Virginia State Capitol today and called on the Legislature to prioritize the 12,110 West Virginians who will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018.

January 24, 2018
West Virginia

Cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state will gather next week in Charleston for two events to call for improved care and quality of life for cancer patients.

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.