‘Cancer Moonshot’ seeks to speed up research, treatment

‘Cancer Moonshot’ seeks to speed up research, treatment

Inside the labs of the Carbone Cancer Center, researchers are looking for more effective treatments.

While they work with others to develop treatments for different types of cancer, the level of collaboration may soon increase because of the Cancer Moonshot, a national effort to speed up the fight against the disease.

The Cancer Moonshot summit was held in Washington and hosted by Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III died last year from brain cancer. The summit brought together doctors, researchers, drug companies and patients, all aiming to speed up cancer research and treatments.

“I think a way to put it, what Vice President Biden and the Cancer Moonshot hope to accomplish, is just the idea that if we all work together better we will accomplish things greater and faster than when we work separately,” said Dr. Howard Bailey, director of the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

The Cancer Moonshot seeks to create a private-public partnership to create $1 billion in funding for cancer research.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last year that would significantly increase cancer research funding. The U.S. Senate is still considering legislation that would do the same.

Biden said, “We can make exponential progress and make 10 years of progress in five years.”

Bailey hopes the infusion of research funding and collaboration will provide better cancer treatments and save lives.

“Bit by bit, cancer type by cancer type, we do make advances. The negative for you and I and our family member is when we have cancer is, it needs to be tomorrow, not someday,” Bailey said.