Colorado Legislation Supports Treatment Needs of Terminally Ill Patients

Colorado Legislation Allows Terminally Ill Patients To Try Experimental Medicines. ABC World News (5/18, story 3, 1:55, Muir) reported in its broadcast that Colorado is set to allow access to experimental drugs to terminally ill patients. The report cited the case of cancer victim Nick Auden, who died while awaiting access to an experimental medicine. … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 1801: Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2013

H.R. 1801: Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2013 To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans to provide for coverage of oral anticancer drugs on terms no less … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] H.R. 2607: Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Reauthorization Act

H.R. 2607: Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Reauthorization Act To establish programs with respect to childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancer. New Cosponsor: Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18] New Cosponsor: Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1] Thank you to the newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If they are not … Continue reading

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer Released

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer Released The 2013 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer was released to great fanfare. Produced annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY] Take Action for Funding of NIH & NCI

Congress recently passed a budget deal that partially replaces the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration for two years and makes additional funds available to domestic programs for fiscal years (FY) 2014 and FY 2015. With President Obama expected to quickly sign the legislation, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have begun to write new spending … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] Cancer Drug Parity

  H.R. 1801: Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2013 – To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans to provide for coverage of oral anticancer drugs on terms … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] “National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month”

H.Res. 348: Expressing support for designation of September 2013 as “National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month”. New Cosponsor: Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2] Thank you to our newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If they are not listed as Cosponsors, touch base with them and let you know what you … Continue reading

[ADVOCACY] Empowing Americans to Fight Back Against Cancer

It’s time to treat the cancer patient too, not just the disease. This week the American Cancer Society launched a new campaign to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. The story is all too familiar: The pain, nausea and fatigue from treatment were terrible No one sat down with me to clearly explain … Continue reading

Impasse Implications Impact Illness: Federal Shutdown Has Real Consequences on Patients With Cancer & Nurses

Federal Shutdown Has Real Consequences on Patients With Cancer  and Their Nurses   As the U.S. Congress continues to debate the details of the federal budget, Americans with cancer are stuck in limbo. The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has urged elected officials to find a resolution with appropriate funding for healthcare providers and patients with … Continue reading

2013 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day

2013 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day Celebrate. Share Knowledge. Empower Others! Today, September 29, 2013, begins National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week, and on Wednesday, October 2, we will celebrate National Previvor Day. In 2010, FORCE made history with the successful passage of H. Res. 1522, the Congressional resolution … Continue reading