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Group of survivors, families to ask legislators to improve quality of life for patients with cancer

More than 100 survivors, families and loved ones will gather in the State Capitol rotunda to urge legislators to take steps to improve quality of life for patients with cancer and other serious illness during the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

A variety of speakers will discuss the importance of palliative care, a growing field of specialized medical care that improves the quality of life of patients and their families by focusing on relief from pain, stress and other often debilitating symptoms of treatment for a serious disease such as cancer.

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Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can add more days to patients’ lives and more life to their days.

Throughout the day, volunteers will meet with their legislators and ask them to create an advisory council of health care providers and other professionals to ensure palliative care is standard protocol throughout treatment of a serious illness for patients in Kentucky.

Speakers will include: Lori Earnshaw, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of University Hospital’s Palliative Care Services, as well as director of the University of Louisville Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program; Elizabeth Holtsclaw, ACS CAN volunteer whose mother died of breast cancer; Sen. Reginald Thomas, member of the Kentucky senate whose wife died from cancer in December.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
11:30 am – Noon

Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda

The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and any stage of a serious illness and can be provided with curative treatment. It is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with the patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support that focuses on the patients’ needs, explains treatment options and gives patients and their families a voice in determining their treatment and care.

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.

From ACS Communications

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