Can a VP push for cancer advancements in 1 year?

Vice President Joe Biden met with another group Friday to gather input for his "moonshot" initiative to improve cancer care and research in his last year in office.

In an 80-minute meeting, Biden staffers and scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research met to discuss concrete goals they can meet in Vice President Biden's final year, according to STAT.

José Baselga, MD, PhD, president of ACCR and physician-in-chief and CMO at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Memorial Hospital in New York, told STAT the vice president's office is particularly interested in finding smaller advancements within this year, rather than putting resources toward cancer breakthroughs that could take years to accomplish.

An aide told STAT Vice President Biden sees promise in genomics, immunotherapy, combined therapies and a national, open-access data-sharing initiative.

To focus on the short game, Vice President Biden has been holding dozens of meetings to develop a plan in his final year, according to the report. His 46-year-old son, Beau Biden, died last May of brain cancer, according to the report, providing an extra incentive to move plans ahead.

 

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