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‘Cancer moonshot’ launch prep under way

Blueprint of recommendations expected in June

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4:34pm, March 7, 2016
Biden with doctors

CANCER TOUR  Vice President Joe Biden (right) is visiting cancer research centers around the nation, including this one at the University of Pennsylvania, to get the president’s “cancer moonshot” ready to launch.

When President Barack Obama called for a “cancer moonshot” during his State of the Union address, the idea was big on vision and low on specifics. The goal, he said, was to make America “the country that cures cancer once and for all.” Now, details are trickling out, but a true plan for launch won’t be ready until June.

In February, the White House released a list of cancer research areas to target. Many of those, such as therapeutic vaccines and cancer genomics, are already the subject of intense research. The administration also announced that the “moonshot initiative will begin immediately with $195 million in new cancer activities at the National Institutes of Health” this year. Not all of that money is moonshot money, though.

At a meeting on February 24 of the National Cancer Advisory Board, National Cancer

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