What Will Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Cost? Obama Seeks $1 Billion That Researchers Say Is Not Enough
President Barack Obama will request an increase from Congress that would bump up total funding for a cancer initiative to $1 billion over the next two years. But biological researchers warn that money will go fast.
The New York Times:
$1 Billion Planned For Cancer ‘Moonshot’
The Obama administration announced on Monday that it hoped to spend $1 billion to fund a cancer “moonshot” in search of a cure. But in the costly world of biological research, such a sum may be better described as a cancer slingshot, researchers said. “The good news is that the budget is no longer being cut,” said Dr. Peter Adamson, the chairman of the Children’s Oncology Group, which conducts national clinical trials. “But we’re not going to the moon on $1 billion.” (Harris, 2/1)
White House To Request $1 Billion For Cancer 'Moonshot'
President Obama plans to ask Congress for $755 million in cancer-research funding as part of his 2017 budget, according to the White House. That would bring the funding total to nearly $1 billion over the next two years to accelerate what the president called a "moonshot" to try to eliminate cancer. Congress has already approved $195 million in research funding in 2016. (Wagner, 2/1)
Obama to Seek $1 Billion For Cancer 'Moonshot' In Budget Plan
The White House will ask Congress for $1 billion to carry out Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s “moonshot” cancer initiative when it submits its fiscal 2017 budget request next week, according to senior administration officials. President Barack Obama is expected to propose $755 million in mandatory funding for new cancer-related research activities at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as unspecified smaller increases for the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. Officials said the cumulative investments will help support research on cancer vaccines, early detection, immunotherapy, genomic analysis and enhanced data-sharing. (Zanona, 2/1)
In other cancer research news, KHN reports on insurance coverage of gene testing —
Kaiser Health News:
Insurer’s Approval Of Genetic Testing For Some Cancers Raises Questions
Pennsylvania-based Independence Blue Cross’ announcement that it will cover a complex type of genetic testing for some cancer patients thrusts the insurer into an ongoing debate about how to handle an increasing array of these expensive tests. Independence — with its approximately 3 million members — became the largest insurer to cover whole genome sequencing for select cancer patients. (Appleby, 2/2)