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Reed Proposal Part of Efforts to Cure Cancer by 2020

by Ray Finger
Fri, Apr 10th 2015 11:00 am

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed was promoted Friday as part of a concerted effort to eradicate all forms of cancer by the end of this decade.

During a news conference at the Falck Cancer Center in Elmira, Reed, R-Corning, pointed to the critical role of clinical trials. He explained how H.R. 617, the Clinical Trial Cancer Mission 2020, will assist cancer researchers and help eliminate duplication of their efforts.

"What this law will do is say 'If you get taxpayer dollars, you will have to publish your results, and if you do not, you run the risk of losing your federal funding, as well as future federal funding for your institution or your efforts.' That has gotten people's attention," he said.

"A lot of people would publish their positive results, and it was unclear whether or not they had to publish their negative results," Reed said. "By introducing this legislation, it has been made clear we're talking about the successes and the failures, because it's through failures, too, that the key to success can be found."

The extent of compliance was nominal, he said. "It has been going up since we introduced this legislation, but when we first got into this, it was virtually non-existent because there was no penalty," he said. "There was no requirement."

Reed said he has been working with U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, on this bill that came out of a relationship with Camp Good Days and Special Times.

"The fact of the matter is that 75 percent of all children diagnosed with cancer will survive it. There's a reason for that, and that's because of clinical trials done with pediatric cancer," said James McCauley, director of the Partners Against Violence Everywhere initiative for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

"We know that clinical trials are where hope lies. We know that that is where the real cure can come from," he said. "We're going to try to make a concerted effort to cure cancer by the end of this decade."

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