Raising Women’s Voices

President-Elect Obama’s stance on breast cancer issues

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on November 7, 2008

PJ Hamel at HealthCentral.com writes about 10 reasons for hope among the breast cancer community in regards to Obama’s presidency, including:

“3) Have you ever heard of patient navigators? In cancer world, a patient navigator is a trained volunteer who helps cancer patients figure out their treatment, particularly those patients classified as underserved due to socioeconomic status, cultural or language barriers, or lack of health insurance.

Navigators ensure that patients are being given timely care. They can inform patients about possible participation in clinical trials; identify any barriers to treatment (lack of transportation, lack of child care), and address them; and identify community resources to help the patient. In short, patient navigators are the guiding hand that we all wish we had, when facing the blizzard of paperwork and overwhelming amount of details and decisions that cancer treatment entails.

The only funding currently going to the patient navigator program is through the American Cancer Society. The Obama-Biden health care reform platform supports federal funding of patient navigators.

4) President-elect Obama is a longtime supporter of the recently passed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a law that “prevents insurance companies from using information from genetic tests to restrict or deny coverage to individuals at risk from cancer and other diseases.” Worried that the results of your BRCA1 or BRCA2 tests would might deny you insurance… or a job? Worry no more, thanks to Obama and the rest of the bill’s supporters.

7) President-elect Obama has strongly supported the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Reauthorization Act of 2007, designed to increase access to (and improve the quality of) breast and cervical cancer screening, with its particular target low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women. Women who qualify have access to mammograms, clinical breast exams, further diagnostic screening when there’s suspected cancer, surgical consultations, and referral to treatment—all free of charge.”

See the the full list here.


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  1. John said, on November 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing this info. There is two of us on the below site currently involved in a spouse going through their second bout of breast cancer and are in need of feedback on this subject. The largest question is, “Does the actual Chemo treatments cause an increase in depression among these patients?”


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