I recently had the honor of representing North Dakota on Capitol Hill by traveling to Washington, D.C., with more than 700 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers from across the country to urge Congress to make cancer a national priority.
We asked Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to join Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., as co-sponsors on a bill in Congress that would increase public education and access to palliative care. Palliative care is a growing field of medical care that has a promising future in the way we care for those with a chronic illness, such as cancer. This type of care puts the patient first. Not only can it improve patient experience and outcomes, it can also reduce medical costs. This legislation has strong bipartisan support, and we need our lawmakers help to move it forward.
I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, and was fortunate to receive palliative care along with chemotherapy. Many patients never complete the treatment I received due to severe side effects. Palliative care played a role in my ability to complete treatment. I believe palliative care should be available to all cancer patients and everyone with a serious illness.
We rely on our lawmakers to support legislation that will help reduce the cancer burden. I encourage you to join us and make our voices stronger and louder in the fight against cancer. Visit www.acscan.org to be connected to people like me in your community.
Daphne Hall, Baldwin