CSC joined forces with the House Cancer Caucus to host a Capitol Hill briefing in May to highlight the need for social and emotional support services for those touched by cancer.
Titled “Meeting the Needs of the Whole Patient in Cancer Care,” the event brought together representatives from the Institute of Medicine, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) leading researchers in the field and an ovarian cancer survivor to discuss how the integration of psychosocial services into the medical standard of care in cancer not only improves patient outcomes and optimizes quality, but may also provide cost-savings to the healthcare system.
The CSC Headquarters team was joined by several affiliate leaders from across the country at this standing-room-only meeting. Together, the team spent time reviewing policy issues pertinent to CSC’s mission and meeting with members of Congress.
HIll staff, consumer advocacy organizations, professional societies and the general public attended the briefing. CSC was honored to have six cancer policy experts share thoughts and findings on the need for social and emotional support for people affected by cancer.
CSC would like to offer a thank you to our panelists: Dr. Barbara L. Anderson from The Ohio State University, Dr. Sharyl Nass from the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Lidia Schapira from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Dr. Daniel McKellar from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and Ms. Janice Paul, ovarian cancer survivor and advocate.