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U.S. Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Needs ‘Our Best Science, Imagination, Commitment, Focus’

Forbes: Cancer ‘Moonshot’ For Our Generation
Bill Frist, former U.S. senator from Tennessee and chair of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Saketh R. Guntupalli, assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

“The Obama administration announced on Monday that it hopes to spend a total of a $1 billion to fund a cancer ‘moonshot’ in search of cures. That amount is likely not sufficient, but it can establish the framework by which the goal can eventually be met. … It is critical that under this rallying cry we articulate a clear, cogent plan to achieve the goals articulated by our government leaders. First, we must ensure that the cancers that represent the core of cancer deaths and mortality in the U.S. — such as ovarian, lung, and pancreatic cancer — receive an appropriate and equitable amount of funding. … Second, we must encourage and support a new generation of physician-scientists to pursue careers in cancer research. … Third, we must encourage the participation of women and minorities in clinical investigation. … Finally, clinical trials must be streamlined in an efficient and safe way to appropriately protect patients and be available for immediate accrual. … Cancer cures can be the moonshot of this generation; it will call upon the best of our best science, our imagination, our commitment, and our focus” (2/3).

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