Radiation Oncologists call on Congress to Protect Cancer Patients

By ASTRO, Special for  USDR

More than 100 radiation oncologists from across the United States are on Capitol Hill urging Congress to grow its investment in cancer research and to protect patients’ access to high quality cancer care. The doctors are in Washington to meet with Congressional leaders on Tuesday as part of the 14th annual Advocacy Day organized by the American Society for Radiation Oncology  (ASTRO).

Radiation oncologists are emphasizing four priorities as they meet with policymakers and their staffers: (1) supporting cancer research by increasing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget by $2 billion; (2) avoiding disruptions in health insurance coverage for cancer patients; (3) preserving patients’ access to quality health care by stabilizing Medicare payments while pursuing innovative models of physician reimbursement; and (4) protecting access to radioactive isotopes. Infographics are available for each of these key  issues.