Keeping it Brief: Affordable Care Act

UPDATE – JANUARY 2017: There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although Congress is currently working on a replacement plan, you can still secure healthcare coverage through the Marketplace. The deadline to enroll is January 31, 2017. If…

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Keeping it Brief: Immunotherapy

TOPIC OVERVIEW Immunotherapy (also known as immuno-oncology or IO) is treatment that uses certain parts of a person’s own immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. In the last few decades, it has become an important part of treating some types of cancer (including…

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Keeping it Brief: Financial Toxicity

Topic Overview We all know it:  cancer is expensive. It’s not a secret that people find it difficult to afford their prescription medications – especially cancer patients facing the expenses of specialty drugs. An average patient can expect out-of-pocket expenses to be between 20% to 30%….

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Keeping It Brief: NATIONAL GOAL of 80% BY 2018

BACKGROUND Announced at the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) annual meeting in 2013, 80% by 2018 is a movement supported by more than 500 organizations committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. This goal unites us behind a shared effort. Fight…

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Keeping It Brief: Federal Budget and Continuing Resolutions

In the last few days you’ve probably heard the phrase “government shutdown” one time too many. Though this is something we hoped to never experience after the 17-day shutdown in 2013, we almost saw it happen again this week. How does this happen? Congress is…

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Keeping It Brief: Funding Cancer Research

When I think about efforts to increase federal funding for research programs, the Ringo Starr lyrics “it don’t come easy, you know it don’t come easy,” play over and over in my mind. While Ringo Starr wasn’t singing about federal funding, the phrase definitely holds…

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Keeping It Brief: 21st Century Cures

UPDATE 7/13/15: The House of Representatives voted on H.R. 6 July 10, 2015. It passed with a House majority and put us one step closer to accelerating the discovery, development and delivery of lifesaving and life-improving therapies and transforming the quest for faster cures – including the cure for…

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