WASHINGTON--The national cancer community has joined together
to create a nonprofit organization, the Friends of Cancer Research,
to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the National Cancer Act
through a public awareness and education campaign on the importance
of cancer research.
The Friends board includes members of the groups most active in
the fight against cancer, including the National Cancer Advisory
Board, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Presidents'
Cancer Panel, ASCO, AACR, National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations,
Oncology Nursing Society, National Coalition for Cancer Research,
American Cancer Society, and a number of prominent US cancer centers.
The campaign will include events and public forums at which Richard
Klausner, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute, and other
senior officials will report to the American people on the state
of cancer research. These events will also provide an opportunity
for the cancer community and other interested parties to identify
their most important research priorities for the coming years.