The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

August 9, 2013

Hall should co-sponsor bills

Herald-Banner Staff

WOLFE CITY — To the editor:

As a cancer advocate, I have experienced firsthand how the mental and physical side effects of treatment can take a toll on one’s quality of life. Healthcare professionals tend to focus on cancer treatment itself; and comfort and concerns such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath and anxiety are oftentimes not addressed aggressively.

This is where palliative care can help — a growing field of specialized medical care that improves quality of life for patients and their families by focusing on symptoms of treatment for a serious disease like cancer.

I urge our U.S. Representative Ralph Hall to co-sponsor two bills currently pending in Congress that protect cancer patients’ quality of life through educating patients about palliative care and the benefits of palliative care.

Congress must take this opportunity to expand access to  palliative care so that patients and their families can have that extra layer of support when they need it most!

Ron Wensel

Volunteer for ACS Can

Wolfe City