Cancer Doctors Applaud State of the Union’s Focus on Ending Cancer as We Know it

Statement By Julie R. Gralow, MD, FACP, FASCO Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President American Society of Clinical Oncology and Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
For immediate release
February 8, 2023


Melissa Lee

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – “ASCO applauds President Biden’s focus on ‘ending cancer as we know it’ during the State of the Union address. We continue to urge the president to keep cancer care and research as top national priorities and are pleased with his plans to advance efforts to strengthen the Cancer Moonshot, improve cancer clinical trials, and foster breakthroughs through the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).” 

“We commend the administration’s commitment to reducing America’s cancer burden, and we hope the administration will address all existing barriers to equitable, high-quality cancer care. For example, prior authorization requirements are egregiously delaying care, worsening patient outcomes, and diverting doctors from patient care. However, we're encouraged by actions the administration is taking to address prior authorization in its proposed rules, and we’re hopeful Congress will reintroduce federal legislation like the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act to streamline this process for millions of Americans.” 

“Establishing long-term Medicare reimbursement solutions will help to protect patient access to care by ensuring that physicians have the resources necessary to care for patients in their communities. Uncertain reimbursement rates pose significant challenges to oncology practices and ultimately could restrict patient access to cancer care."

“ASCO appreciates President Biden’s ongoing efforts to improve the lives of people with cancer. We look forward to working together on the shared priority of accessible, high-quality, equitable cancer care.” 

About ASCO: 

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (the Society) and the Association for Clinical Oncology (the Association) are committed to the principle that knowledge conquers cancer and represent nearly 45,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of high quality, equitable patient care, the Society works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. The Association works to ensure that all individuals with cancer have access to high quality, equitable care; that the cancer care delivery system supports optimal cancer care; and that our nation supports robust federal funding for research on the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Learn more about the Society at, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. Learn more about the Association at and follow us on Twitter.