ASCO in ActionASCO in Action regularly provides the latest news and analysis related to cancer policy news; see the following online articles. These updates provide snapshots of ASCO’s ongoing advocacy efforts, as well as opportunities for ASCO members and guests to take action on critical issues affecting the cancer community.

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May 21, 2019

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the “Tobacco-Free Youth Act” which will work to protect youth from tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems by raising the national age of sale to from 18 to 21. ASCO endorsed the legislation in a letter from ASCO President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO.

May 21, 2019

On May 13, ASCO members joined more than 100 volunteers representing One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) on Capitol Hill for a grassroots lobby day in support of federal research funding. OVAC is a coalition of organizations representing cancer researchers, physicians, and nurses – as well as patients, survivors, and their families – focused on long-term, sustained federal funding for cancer research and prevention.

May 17, 2019

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for listening to ASCO and other stakeholders by not finalizing a proposal that would have significantly impacted access to drugs within the Six Protected Classes.

May 16, 2019

On May 16, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration approved dalteparin sodium (FRAGMIN®, Pfizer, Inc.) to reduce the recurrence of symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pediatric patients 1 month of age and older.

May 15, 2019

new study published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) reveals the findings of a 2018 ASCO Oncology Workforce survey on oncologists’ perceptions and practice behaviors related to diet, physical activity, and weight management in people with cancer — during and after active treatment.

May 15, 2019

On May 15, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration approved venetoclax (VENCLEXTA®, AbbVie Inc. and Genentech Inc.) for adult patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL).

May 14, 2019

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO, announced today that CureMD’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) system is the third to be certified by CancerLinQ® after meeting criteria for interoperability and data standardization. This collaboration will streamline access to CancerLinQ® and drive interoperability among EHR systems.  

May 14, 2019

Yesterday, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released a new report entitled, Inadequate Coverage: An ACS CAN Examination of Short-Term Health Plans, which examined short-term plan coverage in six states: Florida, Illinois, Maine, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin and outlined their impact on patients with cancer.

May 14, 2019

On May 14, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration approved avelumab (BAVENCIO®, EMD Serono, Inc.) in combination with axitinib for first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

May 10, 2019

ASCO recently submitted comments to the Senate Finance Committee hearing, “Medicare Physician Payment Reform After Two Years: Examining MACRA Implementation and the Road Ahead.” The society’s comments focus on ASCO’s efforts to help members implement provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in their practices and offered ideas for how Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can strengthen MACRA and the Medicare program in the years ahead.

May 10, 2019

On May 10, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration approved ramucirumab (CYRAMZA®, Eli Lilly and Company) as a single agent for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients who have an alpha fetoprotein (AFP) of ≥ 400 ng/mL and have been previously treated with sorafenib.

May 9, 2019

ASCO and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) hosted a reception on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress and their staff to underscore the two organizations’ shared policy priorities to improve research and cancer care delivery for patients and cancer survivors.

May 8, 2019

Last month, Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced companion bills (H.R. 2411/S. 1258) in the House and Senate to raise the legal age of purchasing tobacco to 21. ASCO has endorsed this legislation as a part of its ongoing commitment to policies that reduced the prevalence of tobacco use and occurrence of cancer and other smoking-caused diseases.

May 8, 2019

ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research have commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on four recently released draft guidance documents related to expanding clinical trial eligibility in a joint letter to Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless, MD.

May 7, 2019

CancerLinQ LLC and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) have announced a collaboration to expand the specialized expertise informing CancerLinQ®, a health information technology platform, developed by oncologists for oncologists, to enhance and improve the understanding and treatment of cancer. The IASLC will contribute thought leadership and subject matter expertise to CancerLinQ including aspects of clinical practice related to the diagnosis and management of lung cancer, the identification and development of clinical quality measures for thoracic oncology, and other relevant content.

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