The Cancer Moonshot initiative to speed the develop of cancer treatments has made important strides in the past year but still faces challenges in many areas, according to a report released by Vice President Biden in October. The report included announcements of new commitments toward the goals of the Cancer Moonshot from both the public and private sectors.
Over 70 commitments have been announced to date, ranging from hundreds of millions of additional dollars toward research from the public and private sector to data sharing partnerships to make it easier for doctors, researchers and patients to access data to make decisions about treatment, prevention and research.
Among the commitments: The National Cancer Institute, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft are collaborating to build a sustainable model for maintaining cancer genomic data in the cloud. The Department of Defense (DoD) is establishing a groundbreaking new study to transform our understanding of the biological basis of cancer. Currently, one-fourth of patients miss or reschedule their treatments and appointments because of transportation issues. Ride sharing services Lyft and Uber are expanding their support of affordable, reliable transportation for cancer patients. For the full report, click here.