About the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI)
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 CPI brings together patient advocates and policy experts to ensure that the voices of cancer patients and their loved ones play a central role in federal and state legislative, regulatory, and executive policy making.
- The CPI works in partnership with patient advocates, the CSC affiliate network, and numerous allied health care and oncology organizations to work towards a future where 15.5 million cancer survivors have access to comprehensive, high-quality, timely, and affordable medical, social, and emotional care.
- Patients are at the center of the work of the CPI. We utilize leading-edge data from our Research and Training Institute (RTI) to support our policy positions with evidence that is based in the patient experience.
- Whether we are on Capitol Hill or in state legislatures, in discussions with regulators, or working in policy coalitions, our focus is always on the patient and how we can work towards a system that is truly centered on the experiences, preferences, and values of cancer patients and their loved ones.
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.
The CPI also engages in advocacy, powered by a grassroots network of thousands of advocates across the country. Through our online platform, we provide updates on policy issues that could have an impact on the health and wellbeing of cancer patients and survivors and offer opportunities for advocates to make their voices heard with federal and state policy makers.