Vice President Joe Biden met with President Obama on October 17, 2016, to submit the final report of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Former ASTRO chairman, Bruce Haffty, MD, FASTRO, attended a ceremony following the meeting at the White House.
On September 21, 2016, ASTRO responded to the NCI Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations in a letter to the Cancer Moonshot Initiative Executive Director, Greg Simon. ASTRO commends the hard work of the panel in developing these recommendations, however remains concerns about the lack of inclusion of radiation oncologists during the process.
The Blue Ribbon Panel for the Cancer Moonshot Initiative published a draft version of their report, which includes recommendations from seven working groups tasked with assessing the state of science in their respective areas and identifying major research opportunities that could benefit from the support of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. View the report.
Today’s announcement is one step on a long road
toward progress in the field of cancer research. ASTRO will continue to
promote research in the field of radiation oncology and collaborations with
researchers in other branches of oncology in order to further this progress.
At the State of the Union Address in January 2016, President Obama outlined a new initiative to advance progress in cancer research by streamlining government resources. This initiative, the Cancer Moonshot Initiative (CMI), led by Vice President Joe Biden, aims to speed the rate of discovery so that scientists can produce in 5 years what currently takes 10.
In an effort to understand barriers and obstacles that currently impede progress, Vice President Biden has put together a Task Force and a Blue Ribbon Panel to engage with the cancer community. This Task Force includes representatives from many government agencies and the Blue Ribbon Panel at the NIH to determine research areas that hold the most promise in advancing treatment and improving patient outcomes have been formed.
Timeline of Moonshot Activities
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