A conversation on the past, present and what the future holds for battling the disease.


With billions of dollars being spent on research and development each year, with thousands of grassroots and fundraising events focused on curing cancer being held each year, with science and technology rapidly evolving in every part of our lives, many Americans, especially those currently battling this terrible disease, are left asking a simple question: Why haven’t we cured cancer?

A conversation with Dr. Francis Collins, director, The National Institutes of Health Dr. Ronald DePinho, president, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Moderator: Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) is a cancer research think tank and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Friends is our country’s leading voice in advocating for policies and solutions that will get treatments to patients in the safest and quickest way possible. Working with federal health agencies, congressional leadership, academic research centers and private sector industry, Friends continues to create innovative educational, policy, and scientific approaches to improve health outcomes and cancer care.