Our Aims and Positions
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.
The Cancer Policy Institute will pursue the advancement of our policy and advocacy goals through the following strategic pillars:
Access to care for all patients
Quality as a central theme
Research as a critical priority
More people are living longer with cancer than ever before: the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. today is over 13.7 million; that number is expected to increase to 18 million in the next 10 years. In fact, 41% of Americans are expected to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, which translates to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men.
In the current health care system, psychosocial needs often go unrecognized or untreated. Studies have shown that psychosocial care can improve health outcomes and potentially reduce the cost of care.
The Cancer Policy Institute advocates on behalf of all people impacted by cancer so that the voices of 13.7 million cancer survivors and their families are heard on Capitol Hill and in state and local legislatures across the country, to move the agenda that comprehensive, quality cancer care integrates medical care and social and emotional care.