Caucus Hosts Second Annual Childhood Cancer Summit

The House Childhood Cancer Caucus hosted its Second Annual Childhood Cancer Summit on September 23, 2011 on Capitol Hill. The Summit featured a panel discussion entitled "The Future of Childhood Cancer Drug Development", which  addressed the current state of drug development, access to clinical trials and the changes which could spur progress in these fields.  Actor Dennis Quaid also delivered a message during this year's Summit.

This year’s panel included:

  • Dr. Peter Adamson, Chair of Children’s Oncology Group (COG)
  • Dr. Ron Portman, Pediatric Lead for Bristol Myer Squibbs (BMS) and Chair of BIO’s Pediatric Drug Development Committee
  • Dr. Eugenie Kleinerman, Head of the Division of Pediatrics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Nancy Goodman, Executive Director of Kids V Cancer 

The annual Childhood Cancer Summit has been critical to raising the awareness level of Members of Congress and their staff about this important issue.  Strongly backed by many childhood cancer organizations and the pharmaceutical industry, this event was also supported by Dennis Quaid who has called for “pharmaceutical companies to come to the table and partner with the public sector in support of patients and survivors whose life spans are cut short without appropriate treatment.” 


To read testimonies from this year's Summit panelists, please click on the links below.