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(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
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
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.