ROCKVILLE, MarylandThe Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC)
has launched a new website (www.accc-cancer.org/publicpolicy) dedicated to
regulatory and legislative issues affecting patients with cancer. The website
will assist in the education of patients and their families about public policy
that affects cancer care.
The new website also was designed to serve as a tool to bring patients and
physicians together to discuss important cancer issues, such as new therapeutic
modalities, insurance reimbursement, and clinical trials. The public policy
site features information for patients and their families regarding access to
cancer care, and details on oral cancer drugs and the congressional actions
affecting use of such drugs.
The site features a section on legislative alerts, general information about
Capitol Hill legislators, and tips for patients with cancer and their families
on communicating with their representatives. The site also provides a directory
of ACCC member hospitals and physicians, a list of patient advocacy
organizations, and contact information for representatives and senators.
"By providing patients and families with information about the public
policies that impact cancer care and helping them learn about the legislative
process, they will be able to fully act on their rights and enlist the
government in their personal battles against cancer," said Margaret A.
Riley, MN, RN, of ACCC’s Ad Hoc Committee for Advocacy.