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A vice presidential visit
July 2016
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CHICAGO—The 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting saw Vice President Joe Biden thank oncologists for their work and commitment and encourage the development of new ideas to help advance the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The vice president touched on the four top priorities for the Moonshot program, which include significant new federal investment in cancer research; enhanced sharing of research and patient data; increased use of team-based approaches that harness different medical and scientific disciplines; and new approaches to developing and recruiting for clinical trials. Another topic of concern for him was the importance of data-sharing and initiatives that are underway to that end, such as ASCO’s CancerLinQ and the National Cancer Institute’s newly launched effort.
 
“Today, oncologists and cancer researchers realize that they can’t [advance cancer progress] alone ... What’s required today extends beyond any individual or any individual discipline, beyond medicine itself ... It requires somewhat of a change in mindset. It requires a lot more openness—open data, open collaboration and, above all, open minds,” Biden said.

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