Advocacy for the Cancer Care Planning and Communications Act

The bipartisan Cancer Care Planning and Communications (CCPC) Act was recently introduced and we believe this could be revolutionary for cancer patients to receive the care they deserve.

The Cancer Care Planning and Communications Act would ensure that cancer patients receive a written plan beyond diagnosis; throughout treatment and into post-treatment survivorship. As advocates for the cancer community, we want to do our part in educating people about the importance of this act.

This Act was introduced by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) who both, as cancer survivors, personally understand how taxing going through cancer treatment can be.

What Does the CCPC Act Do?

 According to Canceradvocacy.org, the CCPC Act encourages the development of a personalized cancer care plan for Medicare beneficiaries.

The CCPC Act will:

  • Help cancer patients through the difficult process of cancer diagnosis, treatment choices, treatment management, and survivorship care by supplying them with a written plan or roadmap.
  • Promote shared decision-making between patients and their cancer care teams and support informed decisions, as treatment choices are becoming increasingly complex.
  • Empower patients with information necessary to help manage and coordinate their care through diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

The CCPC Act was previously introduced as the Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act in past Congresses. Visit Canceradvocacy.orgto read more about the CCPC Act.

Interested in becoming an empowered advocate? Check out our Advocacy resources. Take things a step further and scroll to the bottom of this pagewhere you can write to your member of congress, urging them to support the CCPC Act.

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Samantha Skelton
ss@triagecancer.org