At the 2019 ASCO Advocacy Summit, ASCO members from 35 states held more than 160 Congressional meetings, urging Members of Congress to take action to advance policy priorities which improve patient access to cancer care, including clinical trials.
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Researchers from around the country joined together for two days of learning and collaboration at ASCO’s headquarters in the greater DC metro area for the 2019 ASCO Research Community Forum (RCF) Annual Meeting. On September 22-23, 2019, experts in the field led timely presentations and discussions that coincided with the meeting’s theme of Working Smarter. Working Together.
On September 30, President Trump signed into law a Continuing Resolution (CR), which would provide flat funding for federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), through November 21, 2019. ASCO encourages Congress to take action to include the highest increase possible in a full Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding package.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is sponsoring a quarterly webinar series honoring the legacy of Arti Hurria, MD, in improving the treatment of older adults with cancer. The first webinar titled, Perspectives on Cancer and Aging: Arti Hurria Memorial Webinar Series, will be held on October 7, 2019, from 1:00-2:00 pm ET.
ASCO today presented Representatives Ben Ray Luján (NM-3) and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) with its annual Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of the lawmakers' exceptional, bipartisan commitment to supporting cancer research and treatment. The ASCO award honors Members of Congress who are leading champions for patients and survivors of cancer, their families, and their cancer care teams.
Roughly one in five young adults uses e-cigarettes daily or recreationally, and nearly one in four believes the products are harmless and not addictive, according to findings from ASCO’s third annual National Cancer Opinion Survey. This comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the results from its National Youth Tobacco Survey earlier this month, reporting that e-cigarette use among pre-teens and teens is on the rise. It is also despite warnings from the U.S. Surgeon General that e-cigarettes (also known as vapes) contain addictive and harmful or potentially harmful ingredients, including nicotine; lead and other heavy metals; and flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease. Amid public debate over banning flavored e-cigarettes, the ASCO survey also found that nearly three in 10 young adults think flavored e-cigarettes are less damaging to a person’s health than non-flavored ones. In addition, nearly seven in 10 Americans support raising the legal age to purchase e-cigarettes from 18 to 21.
During ASCO's upcoming Advocacy Summit, oncology care providers will urge lawmakers to improve clinical trial access, protect patients from unnecessary care delays, ensure acess to potentially lifesaving medications, and foster continued success of the MACRA program. ASCO members are invited to participate virtually through the ACT Network.
A new study in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) comparing the use of subacute rehabilitation (SAR) instead of hospice referral since the availably of immunotherapy finds a growing number of people with cancer are being discharged to SAR, but approximately two-thirds do not receive further cancer therapy at any point. This research provides important insights for goals of care.
ASCO, through its Center for Research and Analytics (CENTRA®), has issued a request for research ideas from its members for projects that ASCO could conduct to develop generalizable new knowledge for the oncology community. Of particular need are research ideas that align with the priorities documented in Clinical Cancer Advances 2019: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer and ASCO’s Strategic Plan or policy priorities. All ideas must be submitted by September 30 using a brief survey.
ASCO, CancerLinQ LLC and its technology collaborator Concerto HealthAI, and data from the practices that participate in the CancerLinQ® platform will be a part of the upcoming “8th Annual Blueprint for Breakthrough Forum—Validating Real-World Endpoints for an Evolving Regulatory Landscape” forum hosted by Friends of Cancer Research on September 18 in Washington, D.C.
New results from ASCO’s Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study demonstrate that single-agent palbociclib has no meaningful clinical activity in patients with CDKN2A mutated or deleted advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma.
ASCO recently submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the agency’s draft guidance recommending specific approaches for sponsors of clinical trials to broaden eligibility criteria, redesign clinical trials, and remove patient barriers to increase enrollment of underrepresented populations in their clinical trials.
ASCO has released an ethical framework for researchers on incorporating research biopsies in cancer clinical trials. The framework, published in a statement in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, provides guidance on when to include optional and mandatory biopsies based on both participant risk and scientific utility.
On July 10, organizations representing patients, providers, medical researchers, survivors, and their families joined together to call on Congress to improve access to clinical trials for patients with life-threatening diseases. The coalition, which is made up of 86 supporting organizations, is urging Congress to pass the bipartisan CLINICAL TREATMENT Act (H.R. 913), which would guarantee coverage of the routine care costs of clinical trial participation for Medicaid enrollees with a life-threatening condition.
“We applaud the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for its recommendations on cancer control in the United States. The report examines the oncology community’s efforts over the past 10 years and lays out a comprehensive path for addressing the complex issues facing the entire cancer care continuum, from government agencies to the individual physician.