National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship's (NCCS) mission is to advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer. Founded by and for cancer survivors, NCCS created the widely accepted definition of survivorship and defines someone as a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life. NCCS has worked with legislators and policy makers to represent cancer patients and survivors in efforts to improve their quality of care and quality of life after diagnosis. Their unique niche in the cancer advocacy landscape is promoting policy change to ensure quality cancer care. Their vision is to be an advocacy organization that reflects the needs of all cancer survivors to effect policy change at the national level.
Believing that access to credible and accurate patient information is fundamental to understanding and receiving quality cancer care, NCCS offers free publications and resources that empower individuals to become strong advocates for their own care or the care of others. Patients empowered with information and tools can receive optimal care by making their needs known to their doctors, care teams, health plans and elected officials.
To help meet the challenges faced by survivors, NCCS: