Donovan, House Advance Fight Against Childhood Cancer
Washington, DC—December 7, 2016….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) and the U.S. House of Representatives advanced the fight against childhood cancer by passing the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, legislation Donovan cosponsored. The bill, which passed with broad bipartisan support, increases support for pediatric cancer research to accelerate the creation of lifesaving treatments and provide resources to improve care for childhood cancer patients and survivors.
Congressman Donovan said, “Children with cancer don’t have time to wait patiently for cures. As a father of a young daughter, I can’t imagine the fear a cancer diagnosis brings to a family. This legislation will accelerate the development of novel cancer therapies to ensure that every child has a chance at the full and healthy future they deserve. “
The bill aims to tackle childhood cancer in five main ways:
- improvements and additional resources for federally-backed cancer research;
- grants for state cancer registries to identify and track childhood cancer cases;
- focused research on late effects of childhood cancer to enhance survivor care and quality of life;
- expanded compassionate use policies to grant terminally ill patients increased access to experimental therapies; and
- appointment of at least one pediatric oncologist to the National Cancer Advisory Board to improve knowledge of challenges facing pediatric cancer research.
According to statistics from the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute, an estimated 15,780 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year. The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration.
Yesterday’s vote comes after a landmark disease research bill, the 21st Century Cures Act, passed the House last week. The legislation reforms the drug approval process to accelerate medical breakthroughs, combats the opioid abuse epidemic, and improves the mental health system.