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Date:7/21/2009

ons, as well educating them about their options to maintain optimal health once they are out of treatment. The LIVESTRONG Care Plan can be accessed at www.livestrongcareplan.org.
  • Tobacco products are now under the regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In June 2009, President Obama signed landmark legislation granting the FDA unprecedented authority over the marketing of tobacco products with a mandate to improve health warnings and curb teenage smoking.
  • New legislation and policy changes continue to be introduced, including efforts driven by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to include patient navigation in the ongoing health care reform debate, as well as Senator Kennedy's introduction of the 21st Century Cancer ALERT (Access to Life-Saving Early detection, Research, and Treatment) Act. ALERT is the first sweeping cancer legislation introduced since the National Cancer Act in 1971, which was authored by Senator Kennedy. ALERT is intended to remove the barriers that slow down cancer research, which can ultimately prevent patients from receiving potentially life-saving treatments.
  • The American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator program continues to expand, currently providing assistance to approximately 45,000 individuals in over 140 programs around the country. Nearly doubling its reach every year, the program helps support cancer patients in making informed decisions to improve their quality of life, especially targeting earlier diagnosis and interventions among the medically underserved in both public and private hospitals.
  • Working to extend the positive effects of the National Call to Action, members of the National Call to Action community invite individuals and o
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