Cancer Patients’ Bill of Rights

Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Assemblymember Marie WaldronApproximately 187,000 Californians are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in our state, exceeded only by heart disease. Unfortunately, in many underserved areas there is a disconnect between recent medical advances and patient access to lifesaving quality care.There are hundreds of different types of cancer, requiring a vast array of complex treatments. Increasingly, cancer care is dependent on genetic and genomic testing individualized for each patient. Early diagnosis, appropriate choice of therapies and access to clinical trials are often keys to a lifesaving cure.With many cancer patients unable to benefit from these advances, it is imperative that the Legislature make clear its support for prioritizing t
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