ASCO Calls on Congress to Fund Cancer Moonshot Initiative

September 27, 2016
Dr. Hudis on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Hudis on Capitol Hill.

ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, moderated a panel discussion today on Capitol Hill that focused on the National Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Report. Panelists included Douglas R. Lowy, MD, Acting Director of the National Cancer Institute and select members of the Blue Ribbon Panel: Danielle Leach, MPA, Senior Director, Government Relations and Advocacy, St. Baldrick’s Foundation; Deborah K. Mayer, Ph.D., RN, AOCN, FAAN, Director of Geriatric Health and Director of Cancer Survivorship, University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Ellen Sigal, Ph.D. Chairperson and Founder, Friends of Cancer Research.

Organized by the National Coalition for Cancer and One Voice Against Cancer, the discussion focused on specific recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Panel along with the actions needed to fully implement them.

In his role as moderator, Dr. Hudis highlighted the critical importance of funding for the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. “Accomplishing these recommendations will take both effort and funding,” said Dr. Hudis in opening the program. “More resources are needed both at the National Cancer Institute and also across our research and care system if we are to accelerate progress. In addition to sustained funding increases through the regular appropriations process, achieving the goals of the Cancer Moonshot requires a boost in funding from Congress. A Continuing Resolution at current funding levels is not sufficient to meet the promise of today’s research let alone the ambitious goals of the Moonshot. We call on Congress to come together in the upcoming lame duck session to pass a $2 billion appropriations increase for the National Institutes of Health and an additional boost in funding for the NCI to support the Moonshot initiatives.”

ASCO has been an active participant in the Cancer Moonshot Initiative, and continues to provide recommendations and feedback to Vice President Joe Biden, the Blue Ribbon Panel, and the Task Force on concrete steps for accelerating the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.  

Stay tuned to ASCO in Action for additional updates on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative.