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Date:12/23/2008

at around 5 percent of all adult cancer patients who could be participating in such trials.

"The good news is that we continue to make great progress in cancer," Schilsky said. "All of that is based upon the strength of our research programs in this country, which are now really beginning to suffer. We've had five years of essentially flat funding to the National Cancer Institute, which really translates into an approximate 15 percent decrease in the budget. At a time when we have more opportunity and are making more progress than ever, the government is essentially pulling the rug out from under us."

"There have been significant advances, [but] if you're a patient out there or have a loved one who has cancer, the results are still not satisfying," said Dr. Otis Webb Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. "We have made definite positive steps, but they are steps. We haven't arrived. The problem is there are no home runs, just a bunch of bunt singles."

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View the full report at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.



SOURCES: Richard L. Schilsky, M.D., president, American Society of Clincial Oncology, and professor, medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center; Jay Brooks, M.D., chairman, hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge, La.; Otis Webb Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Clinical Cancer Advances 2008: Major Research Advances in Cancer Treatment, Prevention and Screening


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