On Wednesday, June 29, MCW's Cancer Center participated in Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot Summit, which convened conversations with communities across the US. This was the first time that individuals and organizations representing the entire cancer community – including researchers, oncologists, care providers, philanthropists, data and tech experts, advocates, patients and survivors – joined together under the national charge to double the rate of progress toward a cure.
More than 200 attendees were represented equally among survivors and parents/family members of survivors and those who lost their lives to cancer; major donors, community members and representatives of more than 20 community organizations; and MCW faculty and staff – approximately 20 of whom served as speakers, hosts, emcees, breakout session facilitators and panel participants. Fourteen breakout sessions were held, resulting in more than 50 actionable, tangible Cancer Moonshot ideas that were shared with the White House and Vice President Biden.
The focus of MCW's Cancer Moonshot Summit was on cancer clinical trials and other types of clinical research, including how to reduce and remove barriers to clinical trials, how to develop funding opportunities and policies to support clinical research, exploration of the newest types of clinical research such as immunotherapy, and an honest conversation about the fear and mistrust felt by many communities (including how to build a culture of clinical trials within underserved populations).
The work emanating from the Cancer Moonshot Summit can preserve and extend the lives of parents, spouses and children. It also can have a direct impact on individual patients and the entire community by providing earlier detection of cancer, more access to cancer clinical trials and earlier availability of new treatments and options that give cancer survivors a better quality of life.
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