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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December 10, 2018

On Friday, December 7, President Trump signed into law a two-week Continuing Resolution (CR) to prevent a partial government shutdown.

While Congress was able to pass some of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills before the end of the 2018 fiscal year, it has not yet come to agreement on seven remaining appropriations bills, which fund a variety of federal departments and agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CR will provide flat funding for those agencies until December 21, 2018, when Congress will need to take further action to fund them.

November 29, 2018

On Nov. 29, ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research applauded the National Cancer Institute’s recent revision of its clinical trial protocol template to broaden eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials, which went into effect on Nov. 1

November 27, 2018

Over the past two years, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has worked to implement the Cancer Moonshot Initiative, including recommendations of the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) that highlighted 10 areas of cancer research ripe for innovation. 

October 22, 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.

September 18, 2018

More than 100 oncology care providers from across the United States are heading to Capitol Hill September 25 – 26 to participate in the 2018 ASCO Advocacy Summit. Advocates will meet with Members of Congress and their staff to educate them on critical issues affecting individuals with cancer and their providers, and to encourage lawmakers to support cancer policies that will ensure access to high-quality, high-value cancer care.

September 13, 2018

ASCO is committed to supporting cancer care providers and patients affected by natural disasters with resources and information. Due to the threat of Hurricane Florence, the society has assembled a list of resources to aid cancer patients and care providers in the states and regions affected, including resources provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), emergency contact information, and information on state societies.

July 27, 2018

On July 25, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing during which Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Norman Sharpless, MD, and Director of National Institutes of Health Francis Collins, MD, PhD, provided updates on how their respective agencies have been implementing the 21st Century Cures legislation.

July 16, 2018

"I Live to Conquer Cancer" is a new national outreach and awareness initiative that builds on ASCO’s continued advocacy activities in support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and aims to underscore the critical importance of federally funded cancer research.

July 5, 2018

In June 2018, ASCO President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO authored To Conquer Cancer, Our Nation Must Continue to Invest in Research, which focuses on the need for robust federal funding of cancer research.

June 29, 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $2 billion funding increase to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education funding bill.

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.

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