The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently presented to Congress a scientific framework that lays out important steps needed to make advances in small cell lung cancer.
The report, entitled “Scientific Framework for Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)” was mandated by the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act of 2013, which requires the NCI to develop new research plans to provide strategic direction and guidance to accelerate progress against cancers with 5-year relative survival rates below 50% and an incidence of death of at least 30,000 people a year. The statute required NCI to give priority to pancreatic and lung cancers.
“[The report] marks an important day for the lung cancer community,” said Lung Cancer Alliance President and CEO Laurie Fenton-Ambrose. “Our long-sought effort to devise a national strategy to improve lung cancer’s survival rate has taken a concrete step forward.”
While the report focuses on small cell lung cancer, the scientific framework also brings research momentum to the reshaping of strategies for all lung cancers. The report considered questions related to basic, translational, and clinical research and offered recommendations to improve prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease.
Five initiatives were recommended: