People's Lives Depend on Cancer Cures

Kenneth Brecko advocates that cancer patients are “people whose lives depend on cancer cures; they depend...on the next innovation, the next clinical trial, the next best thing that’s coming up.” He knows this firsthand.

When Kenneth’s wife was diagnosed with a rare form of Sarcoma (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor), there were only limited treatment options ...

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Making Progress Against Cancer Through Continuous Innovation

On January 29, industry leaders and advocates gathered for an exciting event focused on continuous innovation in cancer care. Co-sponsored by PACE (Patient Access to Cancer care Excellence), NPAF, and Friends of Cancer Research, executives from all three organizations discussed the release of the PACE Continuous Innovation Indicators™ and what they mean for the future of cancer care.

It is no secret that ...

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Patient Advocates: The Voice of the Industry

Anne Larsen has been in remission for nearly 30 years after successful treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Now, she supports raising awareness of individualized medicines while educating patients on the options that are available.

Anne stresses the importance of curating individualized medicines through medical innovation. Many of the current cancer treatment options are what she calls “a one size fits most all drug;” through individualized medicine, she asserts that ...

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Cancer: It Is Not Beyond Us

Today marks World Cancer Day, a day when people across the globe unite in the fight against a disease that affects us all. This year’s World Cancer Day theme -- ‘Not Beyond Us’ -- highlights solutions across the continuum of cancer care that not only exist, but are within our reach. Today, we have the ability to take what we know about cancer care and, through four key areas of focus, raise awareness that there is ...

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Investing in Innovation to Save Lives

Debbie Whaley’s daughter received alarming news last September when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Upon diagnosis, Debbie’s daughter had to be admitted to the hospital for 30 days to get her blood drawn, undergo tests, get a central access line placed, and begin chemotherapy. After this initial visit, she was admitted to the hospital for 10 to 15 days each month. Debbie’s time away from her daughter, along with fear and financial concerns, ...

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Accelerating Cancer Innovation at ASH 2014

Last week, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) hosted its 56th annual meeting in San Francisco where more than 20,000 attendees from around the world discussed the latest advances in treating leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and blood disorders such as Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).  The meeting featured nearly 5,000 scientific abstract presentations that highlighted new findings across the research continuum – from critical basic laboratory work to late-stage ...

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Improving Cancer Clinical Trials

To those who are unfamiliar with clinical trials, the process can often seem mysterious and confusing. As summarized by the National Institutes of Health, “Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a ...

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Making Clinical Trials the Standard of Care

Advancing opportunities in health care and improving patient outcomes drive many aspects of physicians’ work. So it is natural that Dr. Joan Schiller, oncologist and lung cancer specialist, understands the importance of clinical trials in cancer innovation. By standardizing care to include clinical trial participation, we can begin to make larger advancements in therapies for patients.

Medical research remains the crux ...

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Sharing the Importance of Cancer Innovation

We invite you to read three new stories that were submitted to the Project Innovation website from cancer survivors, sharing the need for innovation in cancer treatment. Additionally, we encourage those who have been affected by cancer -- as a patient, family member, caregiver, or friend -- to share with us your story about the importance of cancer innovation.

We appreciate your willingness ...

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