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Briefing Date:06/18/2001
Topic:Improving Palliative Care for Cancer

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
and
National Research Council
National Cancer Policy Board

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Congressional Briefing
Monday, June 18, 2001 -- 2:00 p.m.

430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

on

IMPROVING PALLIATIVE CARE FOR CANCER

by

Arthur J. Levine, President, The Rockefeller University, New York, and Chair, National Cancer Policy Board, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, The National Academies

When Americans get cancer, and particularly when they die from it, they are likely to be in pain and suffer from a host of other symptoms because the available palliative care is inadequate. The Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy Board, in a new report Improving Palliative Care for Cancer, examines the barriers - economic, policy, social, and scientific - that keep people from getting good palliative care and proposes a series of steps that could improve this situation.

This congressional briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on June 19, 2001 and is available online, in its entirety, through the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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