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Watch Now: 21st Century Cures 2.0 Listening Session – Harnessing the Power of Collaboration

On July 29th, 2021, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) hosted a virtual meeting revolving around the recently released 21st Century Cures 2.0 discussion draft. It featured a discussion panel of Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO), Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), Dr. Ned Sharpless, Director of the National Cancer Institute, and Dr. Richard Pazdur, Director of the Oncology…

How Will Expanded Eligibility Criteria Impact Clinical Trial Design?

Creating a New Cancer Research Paradigm by Broadening Eligibility Criteria The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO, a professional society for cancer clinicians and researchers) and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends, a cancer advocacy organization focused on advancing science, policy, and regulation) have been collaborating to promote broader, more inclusive cancer clinical trial eligibility criteria…

Watch Now: Discussion on Eligibility Criteria and the Impact on Access to Clinical Trials

On Friday, April 9, ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) co-hosted a live virtual event, which brought together experts from across the healthcare sector to discuss the recent release of the new ASCO-Friends recommendations for modernizing eligibility criteria to improve patient access and representation in cancer clinical trials. ASCO-Friends recommendations address five specific areas:…

Shaping the Future of Emerging Immunotherapies and Cell Therapies

On February 11, 2021, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) hosted a virtual meeting highlighting and discussing the progress, challenges, and future of immunotherapies and cell therapies. Ellen Sigal, Chairperson & Founder of Friends, gave opening remarks and introduced keynote speaker Ned Sharpless, Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Sharpless spoke about the progress made…

22nd Annual Cancer Leadership Awards Reception

This year’s awardees at the 22nd Annual Cancer Leadership Awards Reception From L-R: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Richard Klausner September 21, 2018 The Hay-Adams 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006 On September 21, 2018, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) hosted the 22nd Annual Cancer Leadership Awards Reception. The yearly event brings together leaders in…

A Plea to Make Cancer Clinical Trials More Patient Friendly

Jim Omel is a myeloma patient and a cancer research advocate. He spoke at the 2017 Friends of Cancer Research Annual Meeting and was an author of the panel 2 whitepaper, Data Generation to Support Cross-Labeling of Indications for Combination Products. Below are his abridged remarks from the meeting. To view his remarks in full,…

Keeping Patients at the Forefront of Our Work

I was 18 when my life was turned upside down by cancer. My mother was diagnosed with a highly aggressive malignancy after a colonoscopy due to a flair-up of Crohn’s disease. She spent the next two months in the hospital after the surgery to remove the malignancy left her near death with adhesions, requiring a…

Ellen Sigal Talks About Collaboration in Lung-MAP

As part of Pfizer’s ongoing “Pfizer Partnerships” video series, Friends of Cancer Research Founder and Chairperson Ellen Sigal discussed the structure and promise of the Lung-MAP clinical trial. “Lung-MAP is about collaboration of all sectors working towards a common goal, and that’s to help patients with squamous cell lung cancer,” said Dr. Sigal. “It’s about…