IMAGE: Blue Ribbon Panel Member, Maria Elena Martinez, PhD, co-chaired the Implementation Science Working Group. view more
Credit: UC San Diego Health
When 28 distinguished individuals convened earlier this year to help shape the scientific mission at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, they were given five months to draft guidelines to accelerate cancer research, prevention and care. On Wednesday, the National Cancer Advisory Board approved the Blue Ribbon Panel’s 10 recommendations.
“In a very limited amount of time we were able to come together to address important topics to help Vice President Biden’s mission to make a decade’s worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in just five years,” said Blue Ribbon Panel member, María Elena Martínez, PhD, Sam M. Walton Endowed Chair for Cancer Research at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and co-lead of the Moores Cancer Center’s Reducing Cancer Disparities research program. “My hope is that not just the National Cancer Institute, but other organizations and industry as well, take these recommendations to heart and contribute to moving these guidelines forward.”
Martínez co-chaired the Implementation Science Working Group, which was tasked with drafting recommendations that improve cancer outcomes by identifying and testing methods that more effectively implement evidence-based interventions for cancer prevention, risk assessment, screening and early detection, and prognosis, treatment and survivorship.
“In some areas of cancer research, be it prevention or treatment, we actually have evidence of what works,” said Martínez. “A lot of research goes behind these guidelines. In some populations, specifically those that do not have the means to get to a physician, to get to a hospital, who don’t have health insurance, these guidelines don’t get implemented. Some of it …