We all know how devastating any form of cancer can be for the the patient, their family and friends. I’ve lost several family members and friends to the awful disease and have always been a strong supporter of legislation that will improve research and treatment options.
S. 717: 21st Century Cancer ALERT (Access to Life-Saving Early detection, Research and Treatment) Act was introduced in the Senate on March 26, 2009.
According to The Breast Cancer Site,
“The ALERT Act (S. 717), a bill that would help to modernize cancer research, treatment, and services, would help to revitalize efforts to eradicate this disease forever, which is why we need to do everything we can to ensure it is passed into law.”
To sign a petition in support of the ALERT Act, click here.
The Lung Cancer Alliance says,
“The ALERT (Access to Life Saving, Early Detection, Research and Treatment) Act, S. 717 deals with the entire continuum of cancer care. Prevention and early detection for those most at risk are emphasized through support for innovative initiatives and new technologies such as biomarkers and imaging. Cancer research will be strengthened through increased coordination among stakeholders on current and future projects. Increased enrollment in clinical research will be achieved by removing barriers to patients’ participating in clinical trials. The bill also includes measures to improve services for cancer survivors, reduce the duplication of services, and enhance continuity of care. Additionally the bill increases access to care for underserved populations and reduces the burden of disease and the cost of health care for the nation. The ALERT Act has been referred to the Senate Health Education Labor Pension (HELP) Committee.”
Pass the word on to family and friends … and be sure to let your senator know you are in support of this legislation.
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