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Commission on Cancer Advocates on Capitol Hill

On February 26 and 27, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Advocacy Committee held its annual planning meeting followed by a day on Capitol Hill. Members of the Advocacy Committee met with representatives, senators, and congressional staff from their respective districts to discuss issues that affect cancer patients and survivors. Specifically, participants advocated for a strong investment in cancer research, the importance of cancer program accreditation by the ACS, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Screening Act, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, and the Cancer Care Planning and Communications Act. Members of the Commission on Cancer who are not members of the CoC Advocacy Committee were encouraged to advocate on these policy priorities through SurgeonsVoice.

For more information about cancer advocacy, contact Carrie Zlatos, ACS Senior Congressional Lobbyist, at

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