Wyoming's former U.S. Senator Simpson to speak on palliative care initiatives

*h/t photo: Noe Baker/ * (Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Wyoming Cancer Policy forum hosted today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network will discuss how elected officials can eliminate the burden of cancer for the nearly 3,000 Wyoming residents diagnosed annually. This year's policy forum will focus on palliative care, a team-based health care approach that focuses on improving quality of life for patients and their families during serious illnesses. Former United States senator Alan Simpson will share his cancer story . Palliative care treats physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms that result from a cancer diagnosis which can mean; pain, nausea and fatigue, anger, anxiety, and stress. "As a cancer survivor, I know the devastation the disease can have on a person's quality of life, and how life changing palliative care can be. It recognizes and treats the whole person, not just their disease," said Dawn Scott, ACS CAN lead Wyoming volunteer advocate. A palliative care team may include a physician, nurse, social worker, member of the clergy, pharmacist, and psychologist. ACS CAN and its network of Wyoming advocates are working with the state’s members of Congress to gain support for the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, H.R. 3119, introduced in Congress in July with bipartisan support. The legislation would improve access to palliative care by creating a nationwide network of trained specialists and a system that identifies people who would benefit from these services. #shortgo