H.Res.323 - Supporting efforts to increase childhood cancer awareness, treatment, and research.109th Congress (2005-2006)
Text: H.Res.323 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)
Engrossed in House (06/22/2006)
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[Congressional Bills 109th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 323 Engrossed in House (EH)] H. Res. 323 In the House of Representatives, U.S., June 22, 2006. Whereas an estimated 12,400 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the year 2005; Whereas cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under age 15; Whereas an estimated 2,300 children will die from cancer in the year 2005; Whereas the incidence of cancer among children in the United States is rising by about one percent each year; Whereas 1 in every 330 Americans develops cancer before age 20; Whereas approximately 8 percent of deaths of those between 1 and 19 years old are caused by cancer; Whereas while some progress has been made, a number of promising opportunities for childhood cancer research still remain untapped; Whereas limited resources for childhood cancer research can hinder the recruitment of investigators and physicians to pediatric oncology; Whereas peer-reviewed clinical trials are the standard of care for pediatrics and have improved cancer survival rates among children; Whereas the number of survivors of childhood cancers continues to grow, with about 1 in 640 adults between ages 20 to 39 who have a history of cancer; Whereas up to two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors are likely to experience at least one late effect from treatment, many of which may be life- threatening; Whereas some late effects of cancer treatment are identified early in follow-up and are easily resolved, while others may become chronic problems in adulthood and may have serious consequences; and Whereas 89 percent of children with cancer experience substantial suffering in the last month of life: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the Congress should support-- (1) public and private sector efforts to promote awareness about the incidence of cancer among children, the signs and symptoms of cancer in children, treatment options, and long-term follow-up; (2) pediatric cancer research to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, post-treatment monitoring, and long-term survival; (3) policies that encourage medical trainees and investigators to enter the field of pediatric oncology; (4) policies that encourage the development of drugs and biologics designed to treat pediatric cancers; (5) policies that encourage participation in clinical trials; (6) efforts to encourage the incorporation of pain management for pediatric cancer patients into medical education curricula; and (7) policies that enhance education, services, and other resources related to late effects from treatment. Attest: Clerk.