Senators: Improve the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent and volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I urge you to support passage of S. 2080, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA).

On July 10, Senators Tammy Baldwin and Shelley Moore-Capito reintroduced PCHETA in the U.S. Senate. We've already seen tremendous bipartisan support with Senators Angus King, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Kyrsten Sinema, Kevin Cramer, Jeanne Shaheen, and John Hoeven being original cosponsors and strong champions of this important legislation.

Palliative care improves quality of life, controls cost, and enhances patient and family satisfaction for the rapidly expanding population of individuals with serious or life-threatening illness. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is a team-based approach that involves doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists to provide an extra layer of support for patients and their family members alongside curative treatments.

PCHETA would establish Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers to improve the training of health professionals in the core competencies of palliative care, establish a national campaign to inform patients, families and health professionals about the benefits of palliative care services, and direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand research in the areas of palliative care, pain, and symptom management.

Last Congress, PCHETA had significant bipartisan support with over half the Senate as cosponsors. I urge you to pass PCHETA this Congress. By supporting and passing PCHETA, you will help improve the quality of life for patients of all ages living with cancer, as well as their families and caregivers.

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