The American Cancer society predicts that in 2016, there will be an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed and 595,690 cancer deaths in the US. With every passing year, it gets more and more imperative to find solutions to more effectively treat and prevent cancer.
Vice President Joe Biden heads up a task force (known as Cancer Moonshot task force) dedicated to accelerating progress toward ending cancer as we know it. Various stakeholders from the world of government, tech-companies, patient advocacy, medical care, pharmaceuticals, and medical research met at the end of July for a Summit. Below are the following areas they are focusing on in order to address the cancer epidemic:
- Expedite the start of clinical trials and will bring new options to cancer patients faster
- Improved access to cancer compounds for researchers
- Encouraging public-private partnerships for more drug developments
- Making clinical trials more accessible to patients
- Accelerating regulatory reviews for new therapies to get them to patients faster
- Computing partnerships in order to apply the nation’s most advanced supercomputing capabilities to analyze data to learn more about development of cancer
- Broad sharing and analysis of genomic data to advance the field of precision medicine
- Better access to information and medications for physicians and patients
- Incentives for more patient-focused coordinated care
To learn more about the Cancer Moonshot task force and initiatives, go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/28/fact-sheet-cancer-moonshot-summit-vice-president-biden-announces-new
To learn about clinical trials that are available around the country, go to https://clinicaltrials.gov/
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