ASCO Applauds House for Passing the STAR Act and Supporting Children with Cancer

Statement by ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO
For immediate release
December 6, 2016

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“Today, members of the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step forward to provide hope for the nearly 16,000 children in the United States diagnosed with cancer each year. We thank the House for prioritizing this important legislation and the bill’s sponsors, Reps. Michael McCaul (TX-10) and Chris Van Hollen (MD-08), for their leadership. We urge the Senate to consider and pass The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act (HR 3381/S 1883, STAR Act) as quickly as possible.

“Since most childhood cancers are a collection of rare and ultra-rare diseases, there’s limited research available focused primarily on preventing, treating, and curing childhood cancer. The STAR Act encourages more extensive research into childhood cancers to pave the way for a better understanding of the unique characteristics of childhood cancers, as well as improved treatment options for patients.

“This important legislation will also make meaningful improvements to the quality of life for survivors of childhood cancer, who often suffer later in life from secondary cancers, organ damage, and other health conditions. The STAR Act improves the foundation of research on these survivors and promotes new healthcare models to ensure they get the attention and treatment they may need throughout their life.

“ASCO has been a longtime supporter of the STAR Act, and has worked closely with the Alliance for Childhood Cancer, co-chaired by ASCO Past President Michael Link, MD, FASCO, to advance this bill. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration to support other policy priorities for children with cancer.”

About ASCO: 

Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at www.ASCO.org, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.Visit ascoaction.asco.org for the latest cancer-policy developments and read our cancer policy issue briefs for an overview of key policy issues.