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Cancer

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) supports legislation which seeks to improve the survival and quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. Past congressional support for federally funded cancer research has been the foundation for progress in the battle against this disease. In addition to supporting increases in funding for cancer research and prevention, the ACS and the Commission on Cancer (CoC) are currently pursuing authorization legislation including, but not limited to, prevention, colorectal cancer screening, access to cancer care, pediatric cancer care, and palliative care/end of life treatment. The ACS and CoC intend to strongly encourage members of Congress to maintain a bipartisan commitment to cancer legislation with the overall goal of improving cancer care.

Maintaining a Strong Investment in Cancer Research and Prevention

Federal Legislative Priorities

Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs and the Commission on Cancer supports the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2019, which would reauthorize the Breast Cancer Research Stamp for 8 years. Since its release in 1998, more than one billion of these stamps have been sold in the United States, raising more than $87.8 million for cutting edge breast cancer research. 

Read ACS Support Letters for the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act 

Take Action: Contact Congress in Support of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act

Palliative Care Education and Hospice Training Act

The ACS Commission on Cancer strongly believes palliative care plays an important role in improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. The Palliative Care Education and Hospice Training Act (PCHETA) focuses on training the current and emerging health care professional workforce in palliative care.

ACS Commission on Cancer Letter of Support for H.R. 747, the Palliative Care Education and Hospice Training Act

Take Action: Contact Congress in Support of the Palliative Care Education and Hospice Training Act

Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act

According to the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death in the United States when men and women are combined. This statistic is especially troubling since colorectal cancer is largely preventable due to effective screening methods.

The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act would correct an oversight in current law that requires Medicare beneficiaries to pay a coinsurance when a colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy also involves a polyp removal during the screening encounter.

Take Action: Contact Congress in Support of the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act

Cancer FY 2019 Appropriations Requests

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer is a member of One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a broad coalition of cancer-related organizations working to make funding for cancer research and prevention programs a top priority in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and beyond. For FY 2020, the CoC supports the following funding recommendations:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): $41.6 billion, including:
    • National Cancer Institute (NCI): $6.5 billion
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cancer Programs: $555 million

Legislative Success

Childhood Cancer STAR Act – Public Law 115-180

The Childhood Cancer STAR Act, (H.R. 820/S. 292) is an important step in advancing pediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance and providing resources for survivors of childhood cancer.