CancerCare endorses and actively promotes state and federal policies which:

  • Ensure equal access to high quality, safe, affordable and comprehensive cancer treatment for all Americans
  • Monitor and protect against potential discriminatory insurance benefit design and implementation
  • Enable a responsible process for moving government-sponsored insurance programs toward patient-centric, quality based treatment and payment plans
  • Facilitate shared decision-making in cancer treatment planning that reflects patients’ values and priorities
  • Help expedite the development and implementation of survivorship plans for every cancer patient after active treatment
  • Fund the rapid development of novel, safe and effective cancer treatment and support therapies

Our Advocacy Activities:

The CancerCare Patient Values Manifesto

Published in 2019, the CancerCare Patient Values Manifesto is based on the premise that people with cancer and their clinical care teams have a fundamental right to relationships rooted in mutual respect, where communication is open and culturally competent, plain language information is exchanged, goals are shared and patients’ priorities are acknowledged throughout the continuum of care. Learn more >>

The CancerCare Patient Values Initiative

Launched in early 2017, this multi-faceted project intends to reframe the national healthcare policy dialogue to include what’s important to patients and their families, and to incorporate patients’ values and priorities into treatment decision-making models. Learn more >>

The CancerCare Patient Access and Engagement Report

Published in May, 2016, reflecting the perspectives of thousands of Americans diagnosed with cancer, the report identifies many needs and concerns that people experience along the continuum of living with and beyond cancer. Learn more >>

Publications and Other Media Informed by CancerCare Research

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