Executive VP of External Affairs Linda House discusses CSC’s public policy and advocacy efforts.
The Cancer Policy Institute at the Cancer Support Community advances our mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
The cancer landscape today is a complex and changing environment. Advancements in research are helping people live longer, fuller lives with cancer, and social and emotional care has been recognized as a necessary component of complete cancer care. The 2008 Institute of Medicine Report, Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs, has linked positive social and emotional support to better patient outcomes through the cancer experience. This landmark report has defined the gaps in social and emotional care and has identified community-based resources as a solution.
The Cancer Support Community is at the forefront of the patient-centered movement in cancer care. Our social and emotional support, wellness and educational programs help more than 1 million people impacted by cancer each year. Our Research and Training Institute provides the framework for our efforts by testing and refining our programs, highlighting the needs of our members and ensuring that all its research is translated into patient-centered, evidence-based practice and made publicly available to the cancer community at large. As a result, today the Cancer Support Community is a leading expert on the cancer patient experience throughout the care continuum. CSC is leading the movement on the impact of psychosocial care on improving medical outcomes, creating a better patient experience and even, ultimately, reducing the cost of cancer care.
Through the Cancer Policy Institute, we work with our advisors and friends to advance the mandate that comprehensive, quality cancer care includes medical care and social and emotional care. And we fight tirelessly to ensure that all people with cancer have access to high quality, affordable, comprehensive care. We are excited to advance our mission by advocating on behalf of all people impacted by cancer so that the voices of 13.7 million cancer survivors and their families are heard in our nation’s capital and in state and local legislatures across the country.