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Goal 13: Quality of Life 


Increase access to and awareness of quality-of-life services available to cancer patients during and after cancer treatment. 


Image of Jill Lightfoot, a caregiver, and her mother.Image of a large crowd at the American Cancer Society Palliative Care event.

Action Steps: 

 
  A: Increase financial assistance programs and resources for cancer patients, families and caregivers. 
 
  B: Educate health care providers on financial resources available to patients. 
 
  C: Educate the public and providers on the benefits of advance care plans. 
 
  D: Educate health care providers, patients, caregivers and the community on the benefits of hospice care. 
 
  E: Educate health care providers, patients, caregivers and the community on the benefits of starting palliative care at the time of a cancer diagnosis. 
 
  F: Encourage payers to provide coverage for transportation and mental health care for cancer patients, families and caregivers. 
 
  G: increase access to palliative care services for all cancer patients and increase access to hospice services for patients facing end of life. 
 
  H: Increase awareness and use of survivorship care plans.
 
  I: Increase patient and caregiver awareness of and access to psychosocial, wellness, financial, sexual, spiritual, rehabilitation and community-based support services. 
 
  J: Train health care providers on how to communicate difficult information, including end-of-life conversations. 
 
  K: Educate health care providers on the importance of early and regular conversations with patients on goals of care, including patients' cultural preferences, tobacco and nicotine-free policies.
 
  L: Educate health care providers, patients, families and communities on the specific and unique needs of cancer survivors, including sexual health, physical activity, nutrition, fertility, depression and anxiety. 
 
  M: Encourage providers to recognize and address unique needs of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer population including survivorship, late effects of treatment, employment, education and financial barriers. 
 
  N: Implement best practices for transition from active cancer treatment to post-treatment care and hospice services. 
 
  O: Increase resources and support for the unique needs of caregivers.  
 
 

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