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6/1/2018
FORCE staff are attending the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago.

5/9/18
We joined 80 patient advocacy, medical, and industry orgs in urging Congress to enact legislation to modernize FDA oversight of clinical laboratory diagnostics. Read letter...

5/8/2018
FORCE, along with over 100 other organizations, is advocating for continued funding of DoD research programs. Read our letters to Senate and House leaders.

4/17/18
FORCE and over 100 patient and professional health orgs reached out to Congressional leaders to oppose expansion of short-term health insurance plans. Read letter...

4/12/18
FDA finalizes guidances to accelerate development of reliable, beneficial next generation sequencing-based tests. Read press release...

4/9/2018
FORCE joined other organizations in urging Utah to clarify and protect coverage of breast reconstruction after cancer for its Medicaid recipients. Read more...

Cancer Moonshot

Treatments & Therapies

Overview

In his final State of the Union address in 2016, President Obama tasked Vice President Biden with heading up a new national effort, the Cancer Moonshot. The ultimate goal of Moonshot is to double the rate of progress—to make a decade's worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care in five years—to ultimately end cancer as we know it. FORCE is proud to be engaged in the Moonshot initiative via the ABOUT Network, the only cancer-focused patient-powered research network in PCORnet. 

In January 2016, President Barak Obama signed a memorandum establishing the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a first-of-its-kind federal task force to end cancer as we know it. The Task Force is comprised of leaders from every federal agency that has a part to play in addressing cancer. The administration also announced $1 billion dedicated to jumpstarting the Cancer Moonshot. The effort recognizes that solving the complexities of cancer may require the formation of new alliances to defy the bounds of innovation and accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and—ultimately—a cure.

FORCE provides input on the effort as appropriate and participated in an invitation-only Cancer Moonshot Summit on June 29, 2016. The Summit aimed to facilitate action and foster collaborations around the goals of the Cancer Moonshot. The Cancer Moonshot Summit was the first time that stakeholders representing all types of cancers convened under one national charge. FORCE is proud to represent the HBOC community in this important effort.

Note: With the change in administration brought on by the 2016 national election, the Cancer Moonshot has been renamed the Biden Cancer Initiative.

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