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Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

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With passage of the National Cancer Act of 1971 (P.L. 92-218), a promise was made to the American people – to conduct the full spectrum of research and related activities necessary to prevent, control, and cure cancers. The President's Cancer Panel, established by the National Cancer Act, is charged to monitor and evaluate the National Cancer Program (NCP) and to report at least annually to the President of the United States on impediments to the fullest execution of the program.

The tragic toll of cancer – in lives and productivity lost, diminished quality of life, family distress, and health care costs – is incontrovertible. Through national investments in cancer research and the efforts of dedicated scientists, health care providers, educators, and others, progress against some forms of cancer is being achieved. But other cancers remain intractable and new cancer cases are expected to increase markedly as the population ages and greater numbers of people reach the ages at which cancer risk rises significantly.

Testimony presented to the Panel in recent years touched upon myriad diverse yet interconnected problems affecting the speed at which the extraordinary discoveries in basic cancer research – particularly on the genetic and molecular underpinnings of cancer – are being developed into new interventions for cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. To explore these issues and barriers in greater depth, the Panel conducted four regional meetings between August 2004 and January 2005. Testimony was received from 84 academic, industry, and public sector basic, translational, clinical, and applied science researchers and administrators; communitybased cancer care providers; specialists in drug and medical device development and commercialization; regulatory experts; public and private health care payors; statisticians; sociologists, professional and industry association representatives; media representatives, and patient advocates. Based on this testimony, this report describes and offers recommendations for overcoming major barriers that are limiting progress in translating research to reduce the growing burden of cancer, and suggests stakeholders with major responsibility for action.

Without question, cancer continues to exact a terrible toll on the Nation. In 2005, an estimated 1,373,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed, and more than 570,000 people will die of cancer.

For the first time, cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death among Americans under age 85.

Risk for most cancers rises with age. The U.S. population over age 65 is growing rapidly, and life expectancy continues to rise. The annual number of new cancer cases is likewise expected to grow, potentially doubling by 2050. This trend is projected even though the incidence rates of some cancers (e.g., stomach, colorectal, male lung cancer) per 100,000 population8 continue to decline slowly and others (e.g., female lung cancer) are stabilizing. Incidence rates of some cancers (e.g., kidney cancers,9 adenocarcinoma of the esophagus,10 multiple myeloma11), however, are rising for reasons not well understood.

At the same time, people with most types of cancer are surviving longer following their diagnosis than at any time in the past. The overall five-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined is now 64 percent, and an estimated 9.8 million Americans are living with a cancer history. Much of this progress is due to prevention efforts (e.g., tobacco use prevention and cessation programs), earlier detection, and improved treatments. Survival rates vary considerably by cancer site and stage at diagnosis – combined five-year relative survival for children with cancer is now more than 70 percent, and more than 80 percent of adults with testicular, uterine, bladder, breast, prostate, thyroid, and melanoma skin cancers can expect to live at least five years beyond their diagnosis (all stages combined). Some of these child and adult survivors, however, may still have active disease, recurrences, or second cancers. A small number of cancers (e.g., liver, pancreas) remain almost universally fatal regardless of stage at diagnosis. Further, significant disparities in mortality and survival persist in some population groups (e.g., minorities, adolescents, recent immigrants) compared with the adult Caucasian majority, due principally to differences in access to early detection interventions and prompt, appropriate care.

- "President's Cancer Panel Translating Research Into Cancer Care: Delivering on the Promise," Prepared by Suzanne H. Reuben for The President’s Cancer Panel http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/pcp.htm, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , National Institutes of Health http://www.nih.gov/, National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/, 2004-2005 Annual Report, June 2005

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File Name: president_cancer_panel_report200506_abstract.htm

URL for PDF report here http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/pcp04-05rpt/ReportTrans.pdf

Post Date: June 15, 2005 at 6:00 PM CDT; 2300 GMT