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American Cancer Society receives AAHPM Presidential Citation Award for palliative care research

December 27, 2015

Palliative care focuses on improving a patient's quality of life by managing pain and other distressing symptoms of a serious illness like cancer. Since 2007, a collaborative effort by The American Cancer Society and National Palliative Care Research Center has awarded 51 grants totaling almost $7 million in dedicated extramural research support, as well as funding the annual Kathleen Foley Palliative Care Research Retreat & Symposium. These grants, which are in addition to other grants in this area funded by the American Cancer Society, have brought much-needed research dollars to a field that has become an increasingly important part of patient-centered care, but for which federal funding has been inadequate.

The Society also works through its advocacy partner, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), to develop policy and spearhead advocacy activities, which this year will include launching a new legislative agenda to help make quality of life a higher priority in the U.S. healthcare system.

"This recognition from AAHPM reinforces the strong need for our collective and continued commitment to improving quality of life for patients, survivors, and their families by making symptom management and other aspects of palliative care an integral and essential part of health care for all individuals living with serious or life-threatening illness." said Dr. Brawley.

Source: American Cancer Society