FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Approximately 75 cancer survivors, families and loved ones gathered in the State Capitol rotunda to urge legislators to take steps to improve quality of life for patients with cancer and other serious illness during the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s (ACS CAN) annual Day at the Capitol today.
A variety of speakers discussed the importance of palliative care, a growing field of specialized medical care that improves the quality of life of patients and their families by focusing on relief from pain, stress and other often debilitating symptoms of treatment for a serious disease such as cancer. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of illness.
Throughout the day, volunteers met with elected officials to ask them to create an advisory council of health care providers trained in palliative care and to establish a statewide education program to draw public awareness to the benefits of and need for palliative care.
Research shows that early palliative care provided alongside cancer treatment results in patients living longer and that patients benefitting from hospital-based palliative care spent less time in intensive care units and are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital after being discharged.