Star Act Passes Congress

June 22, 2018

The Childhood Cancer Survivorship Treatment Access and Research (STAR) Act has been signed into law by President Donald Trump. As the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever introduced to Congress, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act will advance pediatric cancer research and address the ongoing needs of survivors.

Funding from the Childhood Cancer STAR Act will:

  • Enhance the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors
  • Move childhood cancer research forward
  • Improve childhood cancer by allowing grants to be given to state cancer registries across the U.S. to identify and track incidences of cancer in children, adolescents and young adults.

While recent progress has been made in pediatric cancer research, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease (past infancy) among children in the U.S.

The NCI estimates nationwide 10,380 children and adolescents (up to 14 years of age) were diagnosed with cancer within the last year, and 1,250 are expected to die of the disease. We think that number is way too high and are very excited that the NCI is putting more attention on kids.

We are actively working with the NCI to improve care for cancer patients of all ages through participating in the National Cancer Advisory Board ad hoc Data Science Working Group. We are also participating in a collaborative effort with Eliminate Cancer, National Brain Tumor Society, and others who are looking at innovative approaches to research and sharing data. We are hopeful that Cavatica will be a helpful addition as those projects move forward.

Dragon Master Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charity focused on ending cancer in our lifetime.