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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June 7, 2018

ASCO has officially endorsed a statement by the 70 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers calling for increased HPV vaccination and screening to eliminate human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers. The full uptake of the vaccine and screening could prevent 12,000 cervical cancers and nearly 40,000 other HPV-related cancers (oropharyngeal, anal, penile, vulvar, and vaginal cancers) among men and women annually in the United States.

June 5, 2018

On June 6, 2018, the One Voice Against Cancer Coalition (OVAC) will hold an “Online Day of Action” to advocate for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). 

June 2, 2018

Today at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Norman Sharpless, MD, announced $10 million in new funding for the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). ASCO applauds Dr. Sharpless' leadership in ensuring NCI's continued commitment to clinical trials, which expand our knowledge of cancer and offer the best treatment options for many patients.

May 23, 2018

On Tuesday, May 15, five ASCO volunteers represented the society as part of One Voice Against Cancer’s (OVAC) annual Hill Day, where 100  participants from 25 non-profit organizations met with Members of Congress and their staff to highlight the need for the government’s continued investment in the fight against cancer.

May 18, 2018

On May 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing to discuss the budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, and National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Ned Sharpless, MD, both gave testimony at the hearing, where Dr. Sharpless underscored the need for adequate funding to strengthen the cancer research infrastructure.

April 27, 2018

ASCO’s Policy Issue Briefs provide succinct overviews and relevant data on major policy issues impacting patients with cancer and the physicians who care for them. These briefs are designed to be especially helpful for journalists, offering background information on key issues across health policy today.

April 16, 2018

Members of ASCO's Leadership Development Program held a Hill Day to advocate for federal research funding, oral parity, step therapy, and other cancer policy priorities.

March 23, 2018

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds Congress for its bipartisan support of the omnibus spending bill that significantly boosts our nation's investment in biomedical research. By providing a $3 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for fiscal year (FY) 2018—the biggest NIH funding increase in 15 years—Congress has taken bold action to regain much-needed momentum in cancer research following a decade of stagnant funding for the NIH

March 13, 2018

On March 22-23, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will host a free meeting on Cancer, Autoimmunity, and Immunology.

March 13, 2018

ASCO's new social media tolkit helps members raise awareness of the National Cancer Institute's important role in advancing cancer research.

February 12, 2018

Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, a medical oncologist at Michiana Hematology Oncology and last year’s ASCO Advocate of the Year, joined ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford Hudis this month to discuss Congressional advocacy and the role it plays in shaping cancer-related policies.

February 12, 2018

Congress passed the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018,” which funds the federal government through March 23, 2018, raises the federal budget caps for the next two years, and addresses several policies of importance to the cancer community.

February 9, 2018

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) commends Congress for passing a continuing resolution that includes an important correction to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. We are also pleased to see a budget deal that commits to at least a $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to reclaim America’s leadership in cancer research and continue building on our tremendous progress towards understanding, preventing, and treating cancer.

February 5, 2018

ASCO Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO, will participate in the second annual Pediatric Precision Oncology Conference, which has extended the deadline for abstract submissions until Wednesday, February 7, 2018. 

January 23, 2018

On January 22, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded through February 8, 2018. The CR, which President Trump signed into law, ends a three-day federal government shutdown and keeps funding levels flat for federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

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