Cancer Patients
Bill of Rights

Cancer Patients Bill of Rights

  1. Cancer patients have a right to fully understand their diagnosis and be informed about treatment options in culturally appropriate and understandable language. 
  2. Cancer patients have a right to a transparent and timely process that ensures direct access to an oncology specialist, diagnostic testing, and accurate interpretations of those tests.
  3. Cancer patients have a right to timely access to a cancer subspecialist who has expertise in the treatment of their sub-type of cancer when complex decisions are needed.
  4. Cancer patients have a right to direct and prompt access to medical treatments for pain management and other services that support their overall health.
  5. Cancer patients have a right to direct access to National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers and leading academic medical centers for the management of complex cancers that require multiple experts or high-risk or emerging therapies.
  6. Cancer patients have a right to timely access to relevant clinical trials, medical research and cutting-edge innovation, including evidence-supported precision medicine.