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Medical News & Perspectives
March 20, 2002

Sweeping New Congressional Plan to Fight Cancer Is Previewed

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JAMA. 2002;287(11):1386-1387. doi:10.1001/jama.287.11.1386-JMN0320-3-1

Washington—Some 30 years after passage of the original National Cancer Act that inaugurated the US "war on cancer," a group of Democratic and Republican legislators is pushing what they call a new "comprehensive national battle plan." It seeks to improve quite an array of enterprises: basic, translational, and clinical research; insurance coverage; community-based treatment; and screening and prevention measures.

"We need the same respect as that given to the war in Afghanistan, the war on terrorism, and the war effort here at home," said bill cosponsor Sen Hillary Clinton (D, NY), during a press conference that featured the sign waving and cheerleading seen at rallies on the National Mall.

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