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Cancer advocates urge lawmakers to improve patient-centered care

MADISON (WKOW) — More than 100 cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state gathered in Madison Thursday to urge lawmakers to improve the care and quality of life for patients with long-term illnesses.

Throughout the day, advocates met with their legislators and asked them to cosponsor a bill to establish a state advisory committee on palliative care. This is a specialized type of medical care that focuses on the individual needs of patients with serious illnesses like cancer.

Kay Mittlestadt-Lock, an advocate whose son experienced palliative care during cancer treatments, says it made a world of difference.

“Just knowing that our whole family was being impacted by this, they provided support for all of us,” Mittlestadt-Lock said. “When the homecare nurse came to our house, she taught me how to start and end IVs. Those are things that I didn’t know.”

Thursday’s visit is part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s annual Day at the Capitol.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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