SENATE CANCER COALITION HOLDS FORUM ON “NEXT GENERATION CANCER TREATMENTS”

Researchers highlight new and innovative treatment options in cancer care   The Senate Cancer Coalition, currently co-chaired by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), held a forum titled “Innovative Treatment Options and Breakthroughs in Cancer Care,” on Wednesday, September 18. The forum was timed perfectly, coinciding with a number of events that week … Continue reading

AACR UNVEILS THE CANCER PROGRESS REPORT 2013

Major report calls for increased support for cancer research and biomedical science        Building on the great momentum from the previous two reports, the AACR unveiled the AACR Cancer Progress Report 2013 on Sept. 17 during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The report highlights the remarkable progress investments … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY] Urge Your Representative to Support Community Cancer Care

Urge Your Representative to Support Community Cancer Care by Signing the Nunes-Tonko Letter to CMS   Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) are asking their fellow Representatives to sign a letter to CMS Administrator Tavenner to show their opposition to harmful cuts in the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule that will … Continue reading

MEDICAL DECISION MAKING: How to Evaluate Health/Medical Information

One of the most difficult things anyone diagnosed with breast cancer faces is how to make informed health decisions. There is so much information out there and deciding which information is credible and which is not, is often overwhelming. It is important to be able to compare the benefits of a treatment or procedure to … Continue reading

Budget Cuts Prompt Investigators to Walk Away From Research – Chemotherapy Advisor

See on Scoop.it – Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer Young cancer researchers find themselves out of a job, and some put the blame squarely on Congress. See on http://www.chemotherapyadvisor.com

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] Breast Cancer Patient Education Act

H.R. 1984: Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2013 – To amend the Public Health Service Act to raise awareness of, and to educate breast cancer patients anticipating surgery, especially patients who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, regarding the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses, and other options. Breast Cancer Patient … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] AYA Cancer Research & Programming

H.R. 2607: Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Reauthorization Act – To establish programs with respect to childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancer. Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Reauthorization Act – Amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize through FY2018 cancer research programs under the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] Cancer Drug Parity

  H.R. 1801: Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2013 – To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans to provide for coverage of oral anticancer drugs on terms … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment

H.R. 3295: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate contributing factors to disparities in breast cancer treatment through the development of a uniform set of consensus-based breast cancer treatment performance measures for a 6-year quality reporting system and value-based purchasing system under the Medicare program. Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14] This … Continue reading

[LEGISLATIVE UPDATE] Patient Centered Quality of Care Act

H.R. 1666: Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act – To create a patient-centered quality of care initiative for seriously ill patients through the establishment of a stakeholder strategic summit, quality of life education and awareness initiative, health care workforce training, an advisory committee, and palliative care focused research, and for other purposes. Patient Centered … Continue reading