NCI Director Discusses "What Impedes Cancer Research"
On September 25, NCI Director Dr. Harold Varmus spoke at the National Press Club about the barriers that hinder the nation's ability to make faster progress against cancer.
In a talk titled "What Impedes Cancer Research?" Dr. Varmus explained how the nearly $90 billion dollars that NCI has spent on research in the last 40 years has changed the understanding of cancer and its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. But, while this effort has had many benefits—most importantly a decline in cancer death rates—cancer remains a leading cause of death in the United States and the world.
Dr. Varmus discussed the barriers to greater and faster progress against cancer, such as the complex