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The American Cancer Society and Our Efforts in Palliative Care . December 2005 Tom Burish, PhD. Today’s Presentation. Introduce the American Cancer Society Our Current Work in Palliative Care. The Early 1900’s. Cancer rarely mentioned in public Cancer steeped by fear and denial

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today s presentation
Today’s Presentation
  • Introduce the American Cancer Society
  • Our Current Work in Palliative Care
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The Early 1900’s

  • Cancer rarely mentioned in public
  • Cancer steeped by fear and denial
  • 75,000 lives lost in US alone
  • Information and knowledge desperately needed

Then, in 1913….

15 business leaders and physicians in NY begin the American Society for the Control of Cancer (ASCC)

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Making History

ASCC becomes the American Cancer Society

“Cancer’s Seven Danger Signals” launched – later became CAUTION

1940’S

Society helps establishes link between tobacco and cancer

Nationwide Cancer Prevention Study I (CPS-I) begins -1 million participants enrolled

1950’s

Dr. Papanicolaou research funded - leads to Pap test development

Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking issued

1960’s

1970’s

National Cancer Act signed

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Breast cancer awareness - early detection guidelines, mammography campaigns

CPS-II Study,1.2 million participants – link between diet, exercise & cancer

1980’s

First downturn in cancer mortality and decrease in incidence

America adopts 2015 Nationwide Objectives

National Cancer Information Center and website launched

1990’s

2000’s

ACS Research funds 38 Nobel Prize winner

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The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Our Mission

principles of operation
Principles of Operation
  • Mission-based
  • Constituent-focused
  • Science-based & Evidence-driven
  • Independent
  • Work Collaboratively
  • Accountable
the american cancer society serves millions
The American Cancer SocietyServes Millions
  • 24/7/365 access to the most trusted source for cancer information
  • 1.3 million calls to 1-800-ACS-2345 each year
  • www.cancer.org 15.1 million visitor sessions in 2003; 64% growth in last 3 years
  • Programs like Quitline, Cancer Survivors Network, Look Good-Feel Better and TLC serve millions of patients and families
some highlights of our work
Some Highlights of Our Work
  • 1 in every 100 American’s is involved in Relay For Life. In 2005…
          • 4,400+ communities;
          • 3 million participants worldwide
          • 500,000 survivors
          • $1.5 billion since 1985
  • Making Strides against Breast Cancer – 400.000 walkers; 100 events; $160 million raised since 1993
  • Great American Smokeout – 29 years in 2005!
  • International Activities have grown in past five years. ACS University has trained over 200 cancer leaders from more than 60 countries. Relay for Life is in X countries now!
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American Cancer Society 2015 Goals

  • 50% Reduction in Age-adjusted Cancer Mortality Rates
  • 25% Reduction in Age-adjusted Cancer Incidence Rates
  • Measurable Improvement in the Quality of Life from the Time of Diagnosis and for the Balance of Life of All Cancer Survivors
palliative care
Palliative Care
  • The goal of palliative care is to help people with cancer and their families experience the best quality of life possible throughout the course of the disease, even when there are symptoms to manage, grave concerns for survival, and practical issues to attend to. The approach includes competent and compassionate management of symptoms such as pain, sleep loss, fatigue, and functional change.
  • Philosophy behind palliative care – that people with cancer need not suffer.
palliative care american cancer society
Palliative Care – American Cancer Society
  • Research
  • Cancer Control Science
  • Advocacy
  • International
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Palliative Care – American Cancer Society
  • Research
  • Cancer Control Science
  • Advocacy
  • International

Our Behavior Research Center implemented a

program of research to assess quality of life and psychosocial functionality of cancer survivors.

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Palliative Care – American Cancer Society
  • Research
  • Cancer Control Science
  • Advocacy
  • International

Identifies emerging science and trends, translating

applied research and formulating science based public

health strategies. Co-authored “When the Focus is On

Care: Palliative Care and Cancer.”

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Palliative Care – American Cancer Society
  • Research
  • Cancer Control Science
  • Advocacy
  • International

Over the past four years, we’ve focused efforts to change U.S. national and state laws and regulations to improve access and knowledge of pain management.

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Palliative Care – American Cancer Society
  • Research
  • Cancer Control Science
  • Advocacy
  • International

We are applying what we know and have learned about improving access to pain management and more broadly to palliative care. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with our global partners to advance access to palliative care.

possible directions for the future
Possible Directions for the Future
  • Research
  • Delivery of excellent palliative care
  • Training of professionals to provide palliative care
  • Provide accurate and complete information to the public
  • Advocate for changes in policies that govern access to palliative care