Guest Post: Are Right to Try Laws a Good Idea? – National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

Source: [ADVOCACY] At first glance, right to try laws promise terminally ill patients the ability to try experimental drugs, devices, or biological products in their quest to save or extend their lives. While noting that the current system is far from perfect, guest blogger Alison Bateman-House argues that, under the new laws, the right … Continue reading

The LIVESTRONG Foundation

The LIVESTRONG Foundation unites, inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. We provide free support services to anyone fighting cancer today. Source: [RESOURCES] The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist … Continue reading

Guest Blog: Fighting Cancer Means Fighting for Cancer Data – National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

Source: The second most common cause of death, cancer touches all of us. According to the Institute of Medicine, the numbers are only projected to increase and care costs are skyrocketing.Yet despite its toll, it’s virtually impossible to answer the question, “Who provides high quality cancer care?” This hinders patients, providers, payers, policymakers, and … Continue reading

21st Century Cures Aims to Accelerate the Pace of Cures in America | ons connect

Chair and ranking member of the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee, Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) are working together on bipartisan legislation that will fund the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the United States seeks to find real treatments and cures for … Continue reading

ONS Advocates for Cancer Research Support During Lame Duck Session | ons connect

Source: Landslide elections can change the entire direction of government. November’s midterm election was one of those times. With some unfinished legislative business such as appropriations bills to complete, Congress returned to Washington, DC, for a special work period between the election and the 2015 session in January.  – See more at: See … Continue reading

Week ahead: FDA may lift ban on blood donation by gay men

The American Red Cross and America’s Blood Centers voiced support for the policy change. Source: The Hill reports that the FDA may lift its ban on blood donations from gay men. The American Red Cross has voiced its support for lifting of the ban. See on – Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer

AACR Cancer Progress Report Urges Increased Congressional Funding for NCI and NIH Research Budgets – Cancer Therapy Advisor

But despite dramatic advances in anticancer targeted and immunotherapies, austere congressional research appropriations threaten to slow the pace of cancer research—and might even drive promising researchers from the field, claim the report’s authors. Source: [CALL FOR RESEARCH FUNDING]Americans are “more likely to survive a cancer diagnosis today than at any other time in history,” … Continue reading

AACR Unveils the Cancer Progress Report 2014

Source: Building on the great momentum from the previous three reports, the AACR held a special briefing Sept. 17 on the newly released AACR Cancer Progress Report 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This year’s report highlights the remarkable progress that federal investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and … Continue reading

Fighting kids’ cancer, one voucher at a time

There are few new cancer drugs to treat kids, and not much research is being done. Source: CNBC Highlights Lack Of Cancer Treatments Approved For Children. Meg Tirrell reported in depth on Friday for the CNBC (11/24) website on the difficulty childhood cancer patients can face in obtaining pharmaceutical treatments, as few new medicines … Continue reading

News from The Associated Press

Government Requires More Transparency In Clinical Trial Results. Source: Government Requires More Transparency In Clinical Trial Results. The AP (11/20, Neergaard) reports the government has proposed (11/20) new rules to expand what “researchers are required to publicly report” on clinical trials. While the results of many studies are reported in scientific journals or elsewhere, … Continue reading


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