American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) supports legislation which seeks to improve the survival and quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. The ACS Cancer Programs and Commission on Cancer (CoC) strongly encourage members of Congress to maintain a bipartisan commitment to cancer legislation with the overall goal of improving cancer care. 

Congressional Efforts


The ACS Cancer Programs have been strong advocates in the fight against cancer and securing additional cancer research and prevention funding. Past congressional support for federally funded cancer research has been the foundation for progress made in the battle against this disease. The ACS and the CoC strongly support the goal of maintaining and enhancing funding of these programs in order to build upon the momentum gained throughout the last few years. As a member of One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a broad coalition of cancer-related organizations working to make funding for cancer research and prevention programs a top priority, the ACS and CoC support the following funding recommendations:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): $46.111 billion (increase of over $3 billion from FY21), including $7.609 billion for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), plus $419.8 million for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cancer Programs: $559 million (increase of $173.1 million from FY21), including $50 million for the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and $70 million for the National Program of Cancer Registries

Palliative Care

The ACS Commission on Cancer strongly believes palliative care plays an important role in improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. The ACS supports the Expanding Access to Palliative Care Act, which directs the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to develop and implement a five-year model to provide community-based palliative care and care coordination for high-risk beneficiaries, aimed at improving outcomes and reducing unnecessary or unwanted emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

ACS letter of support for the Expanding Access to Palliative Care Act (10/27/2021)

Previous Congressional Efforts