All cancer patients have certain rights. Some are guaranteed by federal law. Your state may have additional laws it has added to further protect patients. Your health care providers may also post their own patient bill of rights. There also are Bills of Rights that pertain specifically to people participating in clinical trials.
Below are some of the Bills of Rights that protect you as a patient. We’ve also included a Bill of Rights developed for Caregivers. In various ways, they all underscore the same key point: Cancer patients are not and should never be made to feel powerless. Your care should be centered on your needs, not the needs of your health care providers.