Easing the burden of cancer on patients and families
Credentials: The Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative, a statewide coalition of 140 organizations, provides tools, support and knowledge to front-line organizations in cancer care and prevention
More than 294,300 people in Wisconsin are living with a cancer diagnosis. The Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative aims to lift the burden cancer can have on patients and families. Made up of a statewide coalition of 140 organizations, the collaborative provides organizations on the front lines of cancer care and prevention with the tools, support and knowledge they need to create healthier communities.
As a public health unit, the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative takes research- and evidence-based approaches to decrease the burden of cancer in Wisconsin, with proven success in improving cancer screening rates, raising awareness of alcohol as a cancer risk, improving the quality of food in hospitals to be more in line with a cancer prevention diet, improving access to clinical trials, raising the awareness of palliative care, decreasing copays for cancer patients on oral agents.
Over the next 10 years, the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative is working to provide better access for cancer screening and treatment and improve cancer health equity across the state. The work will be guided by the Wisconsin Cancer Plan 2020-2030, which combines best practices, reliable data, and concrete action steps for all Wisconsinites engaged in cancer work. Using the Wisconsin Cancer Plan as a blueprint, the collaborative will offer wide-ranging guidance on health equity, cancer risk reduction, screening, treatment, survivorship, end of life, and access to quality data.