Protecting quality of life helps cancer patients

            Earlier this month I traveled to Washington, D.C., with cancer survivors and volunteers to call on Congress to support legislation that emphasizes patients’ quality of life during treatment for a serious disease such as cancer. Lawmakers have the power to improve the lives of cancer patients by making treatment of their pain and other symptoms standard practice during the course of care.

I joined more than 600 cancer patients and survivors from across the country who volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) to educate lawmakers about proposals that have the potential to better coordinate patient care and reduce the pain, fear and anxiety that many patients feel during treatment.

When I met with Rep. Michele Bachmann’s staff in her Woodbury office, I asked her to make a commitment to patients’ quality of life by co-sponsoring legislation that gives patients more control, makes sure that their pain is properly managed and provides better coordination between doctors and medicines so that patients know what to do when they’re discharged from the hospital.

A national commitment to protecting quality of life will help cancer patients get well, stay well and live full lives.


Lois Raboin, Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network