May 21, 2018

The Childhood Cancer STAR Act

The Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act improves all of thoseĀ things

by Chris Thomas

Image via Bill Branson and Wikimedia Commons

About one in every three-hundred kids will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday. If that seems like a lot of children, thatā€™s because it is. Just to make matters worse, the most common forms of childhood cancer are brain tumors and leukemiaā€Šā€”ā€Šneither of which are the sort of cancer you can treat with a quick trip to the dermatologist. Pediatric cancer is a nightmare and it is the second leading cause of death for American children.

S. 292ā€Šā€”ā€ŠThe Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act is expected to go before the House this week. The bill expands funding for pediatric cancer research, broadens the National Cancer Centerā€™s mandate to combat childhood cancer, and seeks to improve the speed with which new treatments for pediatric cancers are developed andĀ adopted.

This bill could save a lot of lives. It is also one of those rare bills with true bipartisan support. S. 292 has 55 co-sponsors in the Senate ranging from Bernie Sanders to Orrin Hatch. It passed the Senate with unanimous consent.

While S. 292 wonā€™t cure cancer in children, it is a step in the right direction and a rare moment of bi-partisan cooperation for people who need itĀ most.

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