Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a program of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), a 501C-3 non-profit, public interest advocacy organization that champions the civil rights of people with disabilities as well as those affected by cancer and other serious illness. DRLC’s Cancer Legal Resource Center provides information through its national telephone assistance line, outreach programs and community activities to educate and to support cancer patients, their families, healthcare professionals and advocates on matters like maintaining employment through treatment, accessing healthcare and government benefits, taking medical leave and estate planning. For a person with a cancer diagnosis, these issues often result in worry and confusion, which can be overwhelming. When left unaddressed, patients may survive treatment to find their homes, jobs or insurance coverage gone. When information is readily and easily accessible, quality outcomes for patient survivorship improve as stress and anxiety decrease.
Since its founding in 1997, DRLC’s Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) remains unique, providing invaluable cancer-related legal information and resources to people nationwide. The success of the Center’s work is reflected in the enormous need for the information it provides. Throughout its 15-year history, CLRC has served more than one-half million people through its Telephone Assistance Line, conferences, seminars, workshops, education and outreach programs, and other cancer community activities. Unfortunately, a cancer diagnosis may carry with it a variety of legal issues, including insurance appeals, employment rights and leave time, access to health care and government benefits, and estate planning. These legal issues can cause people unnecessary worry, confusion and stress, and can be overwhelming. When these legal issues are not addressed, people may find that although they have lived through treatment, they have lost their homes, jobs or insurance coverage. Although it should not take legal resources to access health care, understand insurance options or preserve one’s job, it frequently does. To contact the Center, please check our website http://cancerlegalresources.org
When information is readily and easily accessible, quality outcomes for patient survivorship improves, and stress and anxiety decreases. CLRC is committed to providing information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to health care professionals, such as physicians, nurses, social workers, psychosocial care providers, physician’s assistants, patient navigators, patient advocates and community health advocates. Ultimately, the goal is to train health care professionals to identify cancer-related legal issues and legal barriers to health care. CLRC also provides appropriate referrals, which improves quality of life for cancer survivors and caregivers.