From Joanie Manzo, R.N., B.S.N.
February 4, 2016
Today, the OHC team and our patients are uniting with supporters from around the world in the fight against cancer as part of the Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC) celebration of World Cancer Day.
World Cancer Day rallies as many people as possible around the globe to talk about cancer on February 4. The goal is to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
#WeCanICan is the powerful message that the UICC is using to acknowledge the challenges that patients and healthcare professionals face each day in creating a cancer-free world.
OHC believes that investment in cancer research is an important part of this message, and we are celebrating the effective treatments and hope that clinical trials have brought to so many of our patients who are battling cancer. Many of today’s standard treatments for cancer began as clinical trials allowing people to live longer thanks to the knowledge gained from this research.
“Participating in clinical trials should be the first choice and not the last choice for patients with cancer,” said Dr. David M. Waterhouse, OHC’s Research Program Medical Director. “In addition to providing patients with the latest drugs, procedures and other types of treatments, clinical trials contribute to the overall knowledge and progress against cancer.”
Last year, OHC led the largest clinical trial enrollment for a new FDA-approved drug to fight lung cancer, anti–PD-1 agent Nivolumab (Opdivo). The drug was approved three months ahead of the FDA’s scheduled decision date. In fact, 80 percent of FDA-approved cancer drugs over the last three years have been part of OHC’s program. The most rewarding aspect of this accomplishment is the improved disease outcomes we can provide our patients.
We encourage you to take a moment today to acknowledge those who are driving progress in cancer treatment every day. Share your support on social media using #WeCanICan and #WorldCancerDay. Together we will save lives.
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