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Childhood cancer bill achieves key committee vote

March 2, 2018

A bipartisan bill that lays the groundwork for new breakthroughs in understanding and treating  childhood cancer is one step closer to becoming a law.

The STAR Act passed a key U.S. Senate committee allowing it to move to the full Senate for a vote. This is an important step in the fight against childhood cancer.

The STAR Act provides the opportunity to:

  • Increase funding for childhood cancer research
  • Improve data collection so pediatric oncologists can better learn from one another
  • Expand research on the long-term effects of childhood cancer treatments

Childhood cancer patients and survivors face grueling medical treatments and a lifetime of doctor’s visits and chronic health conditions.

The STAR Act would help address these issues by researching better and more effective treatment for children battling cancer and studying the long-term effects of cancer treatments on childhood cancer survivors.

Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said, “Today’s markup is an important step toward moving the STAR Act from a promising proposal to an essential law that will help expedite potential new treatments for pediatric cancer.”

 Send a message to your Senators and ask them to pass the STAR Act.