Society Honored for its Palliative Care Efforts

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The American Cancer Society was recently honored with a Presidential Citation Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) for its efforts in palliative care for cancer patients. Palliative care focuses on helping patients and their families have better quality of life by preventing and relieving troubling symptoms and side effects of serious illness. In the case of cancer, such care can help control the unpleasant symptoms and side effects experienced by many cancer patients, caused by the illness and its treatment.

Society Chief Medical Officer Otis Brawley, MD, accepted the award on behalf of the Society at a recent ceremony. In bestowing this honor on the Society, the AAHPM cited the Society’s efforts to foster and fund palliative care, educate the public on the benefits of palliative care for people living with serious illnesses like cancer, and promote effective healthcare policy that improves quality of life for persons living with cancer.

The American Cancer Society, in collaboration with the National Palliative Care Research Council, has funded 51 palliative care research projects worth $7 million since 2007.