Message of Hope in "Moonshoot" for Cancer

LISA SCHULMEISTER, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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In his January 13, 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama covered a number of topics, including cancer. In his address, he announced a “new moonshot,” a national effort to cure cancer and put Vice President Biden in charge of “Mission Control.” President Obama added that medical research is critical to meeting this goal, and noted how funding to the scientists at the National Institutes of Health has increased. In fact, the National Cancer Institute’s funding increased $264 million. President Obama also emphasized the need for collaboration in curing cancer.
 
Most of the media coverage has been positive; however, a few outlets note that curing cancer is “unrealistic” and is likely to take decades—if ever. These critics have a point, since we know that “cancer” is not one disease but comprises a diverse group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth triggered by varying mechanisms. Cancer treatment is now tailored to the individual, which adds to the challenge of “curing cancer.” President Obama’s message is one of hope for the future, and as he noted, “For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.”
 
 

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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
 
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN is an oncology nursing consultant and editor-in-chief of Oncology Nursing News.
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief for OncLive Nursing. She is an oncology nursing consultant and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She provides continuing nursing education to nurses across the Unites States, is active in several professional nursing organizations, and is intrigued by the many ways nurses use technology to communicate.
 
 
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