Crucial Legislation Would Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients

Bill Aims to Expand Palliative Care Research, Access and Awareness 

Bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1676/S. 693) introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate aims to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families by better coordinating their care and addressing the often-debilitating symptoms of disease and treatment.

The “Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act” (PCHETA) supports the growing demand for palliative care, a specialized medical care that focuses on care coordination and relief from pain, stress and other symptoms of treatment for life-threatening diseases such as cancer. The legislation would facilitate and expand federal research into palliative care; support training for nurses, nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals to effectively practice palliative care; and establish a national palliative care public education and awareness campaign.

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