There is a growing awareness that science of attacking cancer is reaching a critical mass and is producing a truly transformational approach to treatment: one that re-engineers our natural immune responses to do the job of not just killing cancer cells but teaches the remaining ones to start become healthy.
There is a growing awareness that the way insurers have shifted cost to patients is discriminatory and that the claim that it’s a reaction to high prices is bogus.
There is a growing recognition that the value new medicines yield must be measured in terms of every month of every life gained. More people are alive today because each era of treatments keeps people alive longer for the next generation of therapies that improve and lengthen life even more.
And there is a growing recognition that the pace of progress is too damn slow, too dependent on outdate scientific methods that require people dying of disease to be randomized to different treatments or different combinations of treatments in ways that have little to do with their unique and increasingly accessible biological differences.
There is an increasing emphasis on improving the quality of life and the fact being treated for cancer does not mean being treated like a victim.
And finally, people are increasingly aware that by sharing information more quickly about the real world experience with medicines is the most scientific and efficient way to cure cancer.
I am honored to be part of this courageous community of advocates, patients, scientists and biopharmaceutical companies that express their awareness with growing discontent with the status quo. As Thomas Edison said: “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”