WASHINGTON--On the day of The March, President Clinton announced two
new cancer initiatives and issued a challenge to cancer researchers
that sounded more like a "Mission Impossible" assignment.
The President said that all federal cancer research programs will
"by next year, fully integrate patients and advocates into the
process of setting research priorities."
He also directed the National Cancer Institute to speed development
of a national clinical trials program and to make it "a simple,
accessible resource for health care providers and patients across our
Mr. Clinton then challenged scientists "to develop, by the year
2000, new diagnostic techniques for every major kind of cancer so we
catch it at its earliest and often most treatable stage."