APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF LIFESPAN
October 4, 2002
The Honorable Hillary
Dear Senator Clinton:
The undersigned organizations, representing cancer survivors, physicians, and researchers, are writing to express their support for the Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2002 (S. 2489). Your legislation responds to an important need for families caring for a loved one with a chronic disease, and we applaud your efforts to establish statewide respite care programs and implement a national respite care resource center.
As cancer increasingly becomes a chronic disease, the demands placed on individuals caring for adults and children with cancer will intensify and be accompanied by a greater need for respite care services. The availability of respite care for individuals with cancer is an important component of a system of quality cancer care, and your legislation would strengthen that infrastructure by enhancing the availability and the quality of respite care services.
The cancer community
applauds your leadership on this issue, and we urge your participation
in other, complementary efforts to improve the quality of cancer care
from the time of diagnosis to the end of life. Reports from the Institute
of Medicine (IOM) have included strong recommendations for improving the
quality of cancer care that Americans receive. The most recent of these
reports details important steps that must be taken to ensure that children
receive appropriate care at the end of life. We hope to persuade Congress
to take bold steps to implement initiatives to ensure appropriate end-of-life
care by children and adults with cancer.
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