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Senate Passes FDA Bill

by Jay Bitkower on September 1, 2017

Shortly before the U.S. Senate left for an undeserved paid vacation, they passed a flurry of minor bills including funding for the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA Reauthorization Act, by a vote of 94-1, and the Right to Try Act, which enables terminally ill patients to have access to investigational drugs, outside of the clinical trial process. An FDA-funding bill was previously passed by the House, while the Right to Try Act will now… More →

Symptom Monitoring Increases Survival

by Jay Bitkower on July 20, 2017

The results of a randomized trial of patient-reported symptom monitoring during cancer treatment is shown to increase overall survival and Quality of Life over standard care according to a presentation given by Ethan Basch, of the University of North Carolina, at a plenary session of the Association of Clinical Oncology annual conference this June. Go to http://www.ackc.org/symptom-monitoring-increases-survival/  to see the full trial summary.

Support for Kidney Cancer Funding

by Jay Bitkower on June 26, 2017

In March 2017, the president signed the Consolidate Appropriations Act for FY2017, which called for a $10 million appropriation for kidney cancer research as part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), managed by the Department of Defense. This past spring, ACKC lobbied for a continuation of kidney cancer’s $10 million funding for FY2018, which commences September 1st. CDMRP encompasses around 18 cancer types with most of them falling under the $60 million Peer… More →

Congress passed, and on May 5, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations ACT for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes a $10 million line item for kidney cancer research under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). This represents the largest increase ever in the federal budget for kidney cancer research. View Our Video   Kidney cancer strikes 64,000 Americans each year, and over 14,400 succumb to the disease. The $10 million will provide a shot… More →

Smoking and Election Day

by Jay Bitkower on December 26, 2016

Election Day was also a day in which four states have referendums on raising their taxes on cigarettes: Colorado, California, Missouri, and North Dakota. Below, we’ll look at the tax proposals, arguments for and against, campaign spending and the groups behind them, and the results of the voting. Much of the voting information is extracted from the Ballotpedia website. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 480,000 Americans die from diseases caused by cigarette… More →